Bets of the Day: Testa Rossa gets another spin around Ayr

Jim Goldie's charge knows his way around Ayr
Jim Goldie's charge knows his way around Ayr

Alan Thompson is back with his best bets for Monday's card, with a selection from the afternoon meeting at Ayr and one in the evening at Windsor...

"In his last four starts at the course he has finished third twice, second and won on his penultimate start here in June"

Back Testa Rossa @ 5/1 in the 15:00 Ayr

15:00 Ayr - Testa Rossa @ 5/1 Sportsbook

Testa Rossa is one of Jim Goldie's regulars at Ayr and won this race last year. He has run at the Scottish track 14 times in his career, winning three and placing in six. In in his last four starts at the course he has finished third twice, second before winning in June. I think the yard expected him to improve again for that run but he was disappointing on his latest start.

Today though he has the blinkers on for he first time and I can only assume the headgear is being applied because the stable believes the horse is not racing to his full potential. When he last won here in June he had Paul Mulrennan in the plate and the two are reunited again today. I am hoping the blinkers and the jockey booking are enough for him to get his head in front again today. If there were eight runners at 5/1 I would have been tempted to have a bet to nothing each-way, but with just seven declared he is win only.


21:00 Windsor - Rotherwick @ 7/2 Sportsbook


Although Paul Cole's colt Rotherwick is without a win this year, he has improved with every run so far. Last time out he was only beaten by what looks like a progressive type in a decent handicap during the Northumberland Plate meeting at Newcastle. He has dropped down the handicap to a mark that makes him competitive, all three of his wins have been off a mark in the low 80s, today he runs off 84.

The Cole yard are in good form with three winners from their last six runners and while jockey Tom Marquand doesn't get many rides for the yard, he does have a 40% record when riding for them over the last 12 months.

Recommended Bets

Back Testa Rossa @ 5/1 in the 15:00 Ayr

Back Rotherwick @ 7/2 in the 21:00 Windsor

Alan Thompson 2016 P&L

Overall (prior to this week): +8.37 pts

This week so far...

Staked: 7 pts
Returned: 0 pts

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