With the rarity of a couple of Flat cards for a Sunday, Alan heads to Windsor in search of a winner or two with today's bets of the day...
"The six-year-old ran in some better races last term and landed a couple of wins at Windsor too - and travelled very well in one of them."
Salt can bounce back after Sandown flop - if the rain arrives
16:00 Windsor - Back Salt Whistle Bay @ [4.50]
The forecast says rain for Sunday. If correct, and there's enough rain to change the Windsor going, we need to be on alert for Salt Whistle Bay.
Rae Guest's progessive horse ran a shocker last time in a decent race at Sandown, but don't give up on him. He enjoyed a fine 2017, and he's continued that this term.
He beat Victoria Cup winner Ripp Orf (great name) at Yarmouth earlier in the season and he was second at at the same track in a race that was run in a very quick time soon afterwards.
Soft ground really suits the horse, so any sort of rain and change will be welcome, but he has handled genuine quick ground so maybe he can get away with it if the forecast doesn't materialise.
In short, there's a decent race in this horse. He was a non-runner yesterday at Haydock, fingers crossed he turns up for this.
Mark an attractive one for course winner
16:35 Windsor - Back Vimy Ridge @ [8.0]
We won't be so ground dependant with Vimy Ridge for this 5f handicap, which is a relief regarding watching the weather. He has won on good to soft, good and good to firm - so there are no excuses.
He's been badly out of form this season but his mark has dropped down to 73 from 81. Apprentice Josh Bryan also takes off 3lb.
The six-year-old ran in some better races last term and landed a couple of wins at Windsor too - and travelled very well in one of them.
Vimy Ridge is not an obvious one and his trainer Alan Bailey has had just two turf Flat winners this year. But at a decent price he is worth a little interest, and he was backed on the Sportsbook last night from 9/1.
Alan's Bets of the Day - P/L
This week so far: -2.0
Previous week: -3.50
Back Salt Whistle Bay 0.5pt @ [4.50] in the 16:00 at Windsor
Back Vimy Ridge 0.5pt @ [8.0] in the 16:35 at Windsor