Alan Thompson returns to the tipping chair today and opens his week with two selections from Sedgfield and the evening meeting at Kempton...
"Although she has a penalty to carry for that success, she is still 2lbs ahead of the handicapper and dropping in grade today, against nine rivals that have yet to win a race between them under national hunt rules."
Millie The Minx dropping in class to win this
Dianne Sayer's four-year-old filly Millie The Minx has been knocking on the door lately after being placed in her previous three starts she finally got her head in front when winning easily over track and trip last time out. Although she has a penalty to carry for that success, she is still 2lbs ahead of the handicapper (due to run off 93 in the future), she is dropping in grade today and faces nine rivals that have yet to win a race between them under national hunt rules.
The only other runner that looks like it could cause her trouble is the Jonjo O'Neill runner Bahama Moon, who went well in more competitive race than this last time out, producing a solid effort over this trip after a break.
With that run under his belt he could go well again today but will have to improve quite a bit to get the better of Millie the Minx. The one word of caution I have about the selection is the weather forecast as she certainly wouldn't want any more rain on ground that is already described as soft-heavy in places.
Improvement to come from Tamerlane
Tamerlane makes his handicap debut today off what could be a very workable mark, he has been running well in novice company and also gets the blinkers on for the first time today to help him. Clive Cox's charge was fourth over six furlongs last time out at this track and looked as though he would be suited by further, doing his best work at the end of the race, he gets that extra distance tonight and you can expect to see further improvement from the well bred son of Dark Angel.
It's a 14 runner handicap but there doesn't appear to be too much to worry the selection, Mans Not Trot made all over a mile at Chelmsford last time out but I doubt he will get another soft lead and I would be happy to oppose him, the most likely danger appears to come from Astrospeed.
He is not only making his handicap debut but also his first start for a new stable after leaving the James Stack yard after a heavy defeat in maiden company.
2018 Overall (prior to this week): +73.71 pts
This week so far...
Staked: 0 pts
Returned: 0 pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts