Sunday's action comes under the microscope for Alan Dudman, and he is hoping for a winner with his two selections at Redcar and Stratford...
"This will be his second start since the wind op and the booking of Brian Hughes can only be viewed as a positive. As does the sound surface."
Runner can be the diamond in the rough
15:10 Redcar - Back Diamond Runner @ 13.012/1
Whilst this contest is unlikely to feature in the DVD "101 Great Races", we have the chance to back a fairly solid performer at a very low level at big odds.
Diamond Runner runs here from 49, which tells you all you need to know. But he's a horse who often travels very nicely through his races and won a couple of times last term (including at Redcar).
The visor replaces the blinkers today, and that's an angle I like. His trainer Lawrence Mullaney is also in a bit of form.
He is a big price and acts on good to firm and good to soft. He also has five In-Play defeats at odds-on next to his name - so I do expect him to travel well.
Switch to fences and new trip ideal for Longsdon's rookie
17:05 Stratford - Back Djarkevi @ 6.05/1
Charlie Longsdon's Djarkevi makes his chase debut in what looks a winnable race - and he can go well from a pretty low mark.
His best effort by some way came at Ludlow over 2m as a novice hurdler. He tried to make a race of it against a useful Paul Nicholls' horse, but there was no shame in defeat in going down by five lengths.
The trip looked a bit sharp for him on that occasion, and he should be happier over 2m4f today - especially at the slower chasing tempo.
This will be his second start since the wind op and the booking of Brian Hughes can only be viewed as a positive. As does the sound surface.
Alan's Bets of the Day - P/L
This week so far: -2.0
Previous week: +5.25
Back Diamond Runner 0.5pt @ 12.011/1 in the 15:10 at Redcar
Back Djarkevi 0.5pt @ 6.05/1 in the 17:05 at Stratford