Alan Dudman goes to Scotland in search of his first winner this week, and concentrates on two runners at Musselburgh on Sunday...
"He made his debut for Keith Dalgleish last time at Wolverhampton over six furlongs; a race where he didn't quite last home. I like him back at the minimum trip today with the first-time visor."
15:30 Musselburgh - Give another chance to Sinakar
I tipped Sinakar at Pontefract for my last stint, and I haven't given up hope just yet on a win for the five-year-old.
The run at the home of the broken bridge was better than the official margin suggested. He was beaten 36 lengths two weeks ago, finishing six of nine for the 2m2f marathon in heavy. They went a proper searching pace that day, and having travelled very well (matched at 3.05 in-running), he simply didn't stay with the emphasis on stamina. But there were positives - and I wouldn't write him off just yet.
Musselburgh's 2m won't be nearly as taxing, and this well-related horse has ability, added to the fact he is completely unexposed as a stayer.
Quicker ground on a nice flat, sharp track should really suit, and from a mark of 74 he is overpriced at 12/1. His trainer David O'Meara saddled three winners on Saturday, so we have an in-form yard, and the added bonus of the 5lb claim of jockey Josh Doyle.
I think he'll travel much better than his price of 13.012/1 if you are looking to trade as well.
17:00 Musselburgh - Little to gain his first victory?
A horse with a career record of 0-15 is not exactly your 'go-to guy' , as I search for my first winner this week, but Little Belter has found a good opportunity to get off the mark in a fairly weak sprint handicap on Sunday.
The four-year-old is trained by Keith Dalgleish, and his horses are in grand nick. Since April 9, the yard have hit the target with four winners and five runner-up places.
To add to the well-being of the stable, Little Belter looks very well-handicapped from a mark of 57, given he was rated 72 in 2014.
He made his debut for Dalgleish last time at Wolverhampton over 6f; a race where he didn't quite last home. I like him back at the minimum trip today with the first-time visor.
His record over course and distance reads 2, 3, 6, 2, so I would be staggered if his forward-thinking trainer cannot bring about some improvement in a frustrating horse.
Sunday's Recommended Bets
Back Sinakar @ 12/1 Sportsbook in the 15:30 at Musselburgh
Back Little Belter @ 4.03/1 in the 17:00 at Musselburgh
Alan Dudman's profit and loss
Weekly P/L: -3.0
2015 P/L: +20.14