Both of Alan Dudman's selections were winners yesterday, collecting a profit of nearly six points. Sunday's domestic action comes from Epsom and Musselburgh, and our man has picks for both meetings...
"Now racing from a perch of 86 (his lowest mark since 2011), I'm positive with the way he travelled alongside the pacesetter at Newbury last Saturday that he can run far better than his odds are predicting."
14:40 Epsom - Back King's Pavilion
The Sportsbook prices on Saturday evening revolved around two horses for the second at Epsom - Steel Of Madrid and King's Pavilion, and I am going to side with the latter mentioned.
This is a two-year-old Conditions contest, and my selection is ultra tough and hardy, as you would expect for one from the Mark Johnston yard (yes, lazy cliche alert). From seven runs he's collected two wins and placed in the other five. He really ought to have scored recently at Doncaster though; as the steady pace was against him (having dropped down in trip from a mile).
And with the unique nature of the track at Epsom, I want a stayer with plenty of experience who is battle-hardened. I think we will have that at 3.1085/40.
15:45 Epsom - Back Burano
I've backed Burano a couple of times this season, and will be doing so again on Sunday; as the horse is clearly very well handicapped.
Monies were exchanged on my part for his most recent outing (just last weekend), he was sent off at 37.0 on the BSP but ultimately faded late having been matched in-running at 7.6013/2. He might just have chased the pace too hard, given the winner, third and fourth were held up. Burano was still in contention with a couple of furlongs to go, but just ran out of steam.
Now racing from a perch of 86 (his lowest mark since 2011), I'm positive with the way he travelled alongside the pacesetter at Newbury last Saturday that he can run far better than his odds are predicting.
His trainer is enjoying a decent spell, as Amanda Perrett has bagged four winners and three seconds from her last 16 runners (at the time of writing). The six-year-old just needs to handle the track.
16:10 Musselburgh - Back To Lay Pretty Bubbles
I've got a lot of time for the John Jenkins' mare Pretty Bubbles - and not because I am a West Ham fan. Her record is really impressive - from 39 runs she's been in the frame 28 times. I love her consistency.
She was the focus of the column recently with an in-running play - when she hit 1.011/100 at Kempton last month. Her price of around 7.06/1 is surely ripe for a trade here - especially given her best trip is seven furlongs and I have a feeling Sunday's mile might just stretch her. But I'm a paid-up member of her fan club. Go well Pretty Bubbles.
Sunday's Recommended Bets
Back King's Pavilion @ 2/1 Sportsbook price in the 14:40 at Epsom
Back Burano @ 15.014/1 in the 15:45 at Epsom (half point)
Back-to-lay Pretty Bubbles from 8.07/1 to 3.02/1 in the 16:10 at Musselburgh
Weekly P /L (one point each bet excluding advised in-running trades)
Last week total: -3.30
This week total: +4.75
Running total: +18.45