Alan got his week of to the perfect start yesterday with both selections making their way to the winners enclosure. Today he is looking to keep up the good form with two more from Huntingdon and Kempton...
"a winner over course and distance last time on soft ground and remains relatively unexposed in handicaps"
Back Cloth Cap @ 11/4 in the 15:50 Huntingdon
Jonjo O'Neill landed this prize in 2014 and he looks to have a fair shout here with his six-year-old Cloth Cap who runs in the colours of triple Grand National winning owner Trevor Hemmings. He was a winner over course and distance on handicap debut last time out on soft ground and remains relatively unexposed in handicaps. Despite an 11lb rise in the weights, which is significantly reduced due to Jonjo's son (Jonjo O'Neill) taking the ride and 7lb off, he could still have too much for this opposition.
Penn Lane and Early Retirement are the next biggest threats on the book but Penn Lane hasn't been seen since May 2016, where admittedly he was a winner of a Novices Hurdle at Market Rasen, and while that form looks good it will be some training performance to get him home today after 630 days off the track. Early Retirement looks the bigger threat of the two, he was a beaten favourite last time out, but that was over three miles and he failed to get home. Dropping back in trip will suit him but I think Cloth Cap will be too classy for him today.
Sparkalot has a 50% win rate at this track and reappeared three weeks ago after a winning over course and distance back in June. He will have need that run to get back into the game and although he only finished seventh he wasn't beaten that far (just over three lengths). Simon Dow's four-year-old colt clearly likes it here and the yard are in scintillating form, with two winners from his three runners at this track on Wednesday.
The current favourite is Daschas who was backed off the boards from 7/2 into 6/4 favourite last time but could only finish third. This is just his third start for this yard so remains open to progress, he gets in here off the same mark as last time and it will be interesting to see where he goes in the market. His form prior to that last run was nothing special though finishing 16th of 18 at Ascot and ninth of 10 at Newmarket the time before that, I am happy to take him on today.