Bets of the Day: Alf n Dor can give the Bowen family an early Christmas present

Alf n Dor can win at Ffos Las again
Alf n Dor can win at Ffos Las again

Alan's good run of form continued with another winner returning at 5/1 yesterday. That's three winners from six selections so far and today he has two more from Ffos Las and Plumpton...

"He will have no problem staying in what will be testing conditions."

Back Alf n Dor @ 11/2 in the 13:30 Ffos Las

13:30 Ffos Las - Back Alf n Dor @ 11/2

Team Bowen run their six-year-old Alf n Dor in this Class 4 novices chase over two and a half miles, trained by Peter, owned by Peter's wife Karen and ridden by their 16 year old son James, who is regarded by many as one of the best young jockeys and is currently Nicky Henderson's conditional jockey, is claiming a handy 5lbs. Alf n Dor ran well in defeat when third of twelve off just 1lb higher than today's mark of 113 last time out. That run was over further than today so he will have no problem staying in what will be testing conditions having already won here before over course and distance in heavy going.

The horse I am most worried about is Minella Scamp from the Fergal O'Brien yard. The O'Brien team are enjoying an excellent season so far and Minella Scamp makes his reappearance after just under a year off the track. He has finished second in two of his four chase starts so far and today he makes his debut for the yard. I think he might just need the run today though and for that reason I favour Alf n Dor.

14:25 Plumpton - Back Le Capricieux @ 6/1

This is an interesting handicap hurdle where the favourite who has been off the course for 267 days is currently trading odds on and I want to take on the seven-year-old who is also making his first start for Dan Skelton. He was also sent off favourite for his last race at Hereford in March but failed to deliver that day either finishing seventh of eight starters. The easiest way to take him on would be to lay him but there is a runner in the field that quite fancy at decent odds, that runner is Le Capricieux.

Le Capricieux is a lightly raced six-year-old from the Gary Moore yard. He recently returned from a 396 day break to run no sort of a race on his return at Sandown over two miles just 10 days ago. He will have needed that run and this time he should reveal more of his potential. He has been cut 5lbs off the handicapper for that and has a 10lb claimer in the plate, William Clarke, who I must admit I know nothing about other than the fact he has rode three winners under rules. I think at the prices Le Capricieux is worth giving a chance.

Recommended Bets

Back Alf n Dor @ 11/2 in the 13:30 Ffos Las

Back Le Capricieux @ 6/1 in the 14:25 Plumpton

2017 Overall (prior to this week): +37.45 pts

This week so far...

Staked: 6 pts

Returned: 15.25 pts

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