With two more back-to-lay selections hitting the target yesterday and a 10/1 winner at Southwell, Alan is heading to Chepstow for two picks that should enjoy the Welsh weather more than most...
"Major Mac 14.40 Chepstow is bred to go in the mud being by classy mud lark Shirocco and this one and a half mile trip is ideal too"
Major Mac, 14.40 Chepstow, is bred to go in the mud being by classy mud lark Shirocco and this one and a half mile trip is ideal too. The booking of Richard Hughes is eye-catching whilst the stable couldn't be in better form. There's a six pound reversal in the weights than when he was a length and a half second behind top-weight Magic Circle last time which is enough to reverse the form and the stable is in much better form now then it was then too.
This track suits front-runners and this horse likes to run prominently, which with Hughes on board can make for a potent combination. Expect him to wind it up steadily from the front and get them all on the stretch.
Madrid to be at home in the Welsh mud
Hala Madrid, 15.40, is by Nayef whose progeny love the mud and his run last time on good-to-firm ground over eight and half furlongs was very encouraging under far from perfect conditions.
The slight drop in trip is ideal on this downhill track and the stable are in form too. A lot of the runners in the race aren't bred to appreciate conditions and all things considered Hala Madrid rates a great back-to-lay candidate. I suggest backing at the 3.65 current back price and lay in-running or should he be backed pre-race at 2.35/4.
Back Major Mac 14.40 Chepstow at 15/8 on the Sportsbook
Back Hala Madrid 15.40 Chepstow at 3.65 and lay in-running or pre-race at 2.35/4
Alan Thompson 2015 P/L (EW selections are 0.5 pt unless otherwise specified)
Staked: 8 Pts
Returned: 17.91 Pts
Profit: 9.91 Pts