Alan Dudman rounds off his week with a pair of bets for Thursday evening at Haydock...
"We have to ignore his comeback run at Doncaster in April, and we can put that down to the soft conditions. We should see a better a horse on the quicker going this evening."
Headgear to do the trick with Via Via
There are plenty of question marks in this race despite the 0-95 grade, as quite a few appear to be on a retrieval mission of sorts.
Therefore I am happy to take a bit of a swing on James Tate's Via Via - who takes a slight drop down in grade from his last run in the Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar.
He was worth a try over 1m2f in that, as he has given the impression he'll stay that sort of distance. He was well beaten there and looked as though he didn't get home, but I have no problems with him returning to 1m this evening with a 4lb drop in the weights to 97.
The 6yo was a touch unlucky not to be placed in the Lincoln on his seasonal reappearance as he was short of room and was stuck in a pocket.
Quick ground suits and the blinkers are on for the first time. He has a chance from his current mark in a very open contest with no standout.
French to fly home at Haydock
French Flyer was a progressive juvenile last term for Michael Dods and he is the one to back in this 1m2f handicap.
He scored on debut last season at Ayr but gave the impression in every race afterwards that he really was in need of a proper trip.
We have to ignore his comeback run at Doncaster in April, and we can put that down to the soft conditions. We should see a better a horse on the quicker going this evening.
Rated 75, French Flyer should be able to improve this season given a trip, as I think he'll get 1m4f before the year is out.
Alan's Bets of the Day - P/L
This week so far: -2.75
Previous week: -3.0