Alan has two more selections today, one from the All Weather meeting at Newcastle and the other from the jumps card at Exeter...
"The return to a mile puts a big tick in the box for his chances"
The return to a mile will help In The Cove
Richard Hannon's three-year-old colt In The Cove could just be in the mood to take this Classified Stakes race over the mile at Newcastle. He ran well over an inadequate seven furlongs just last week at Kempton, where he was just beaten a length in a race where he was running on at the end. The return to a mile puts a big tick in the box for his chances, his last win was over this trip, in first-time blinkers, also at Kempton just last month. The blinkers certainly look to have worked for him as he has looked much better in his last three starts and at the weights looks to hold every chance today.
Karl Burke saddles the favourite in the shape of Robotique Danseur who has ran here twice before, finishing first and second. The three-year-old filly was only beaten by a promising John Gosden horse here last time and is sure to go close again today. However, at the weights I think she will need to find more again to get her head in front of these. Another that could run a big race at an each way price is Sir Mark Prescott's filly running in the colours of Cheveley Park stud Scheme, she is a still a maiden after seven starts but has been placed in three of her last four. This is a stiff mile at Newcastle and I expect to see her running on at the end but just not quick enough to catch In The Cove.
There is still plenty to come from Write It Down
Write It Down got off the mark at just the third attempt over fences when scoring at Warwick last month. The first time headgear combination applied there has been retained, and a 5lb rise still leaves him well treated on his hurdles form and at the bottom of the handicap today, he is on a mark that he should be competitive from. The five-year-old looked to still have plenty in the tank when he won at Warwick and with the second and the third that day subsequently coming out and running well, there is plenty to like about his chances today. Now he has got that win under his belt I fully expect the Jonjo O'Neill charge to kick on now and go in again.
Venetia Williams runs First Figaro who was only just touched off last time at Market Rasen and is sure to go well again here off just 1lb higher. It is also Charlie Deutsch's only ride of the meeting, but I just think that he might need to come down the handicap a bit more before he can claim his fourth career win and first over fences. The nine-year-old is relatively lightly raced but a mark of 109 may still be too much of a burden for him to carry round here.
2019 (prior to this week) : +2.95pts
This week so far...
Staked: 8 pts
Returned: 3.75 pts
2019 P&L -2.70pts
2018 P&L +82.29pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts