Alan Dudman targets two sprint races on Wednesday, and is looking towards Merry Banter and Waseem Faris for victories...
"In short, Waseem Faris likes fast ground (and it doesn't come much quicker these days than at Bath). He can travel very smoothly when on a going day."
Banter can beat Bosham again
16:10 Catterick - Back Merry Banter @ 5.04/1
There is a lot in Bosham's favour here - he's drawn in one and is the doyen of front-runners, but Merry Banter beat him at Catterick earlier in the season under a lovely ride, and I am backing her to come out on top again.
She's a two-time C&D winner who acts on fast ground and is still well treated on last season's efforts.
The filly has made the running before, but it could be a case of letting Bosham go off in front. I anticipate Merry Banter will sit on the pace-setter's tail until pouncing late on.
I also liked her run at Redcar back in May in a 0-90. She went off a little too hard in that but ran well, so a slight chance in tactics could work here.
Bath winner can follow up in sprint
18:55 Sandown - Back Waseem Faris @ 7.06/1
Another day and another sprinter who can be a bit in-and-out. Step forward Waseem Faris - who absolutely bolted up at Bath last time and has gone up 7lb. That doesn't put me off at all, and he's a fair price in a small field at around 7.06/1.
He also has a decent draw, a must on the sprint track in Esher.
Apprentice rider Jason Watson carries on after riding him last time, and Watson is an excellent young jockey who recently rode in the Godolphin blue silks. His tally for the year stands at 41.
In short, Waseem Faris likes fast ground (and it doesn't come much quicker these days than at Bath). He can travel very smoothly when on a going day.
Alan's Bets of the Day - P/L
This week so far: -5.0
Previous week: +5.25
Back Merry Banter 0.5pt @ 5.04/1 in the 16:10 at Catterick
Back Waseem Faris 0.5pt @ 7.06/1 in the 18:55 at Sandown