Alan got his week going yesterday as his best bet of the day obliged at a very nice 5.59/2. He is looking to keep the winning run going with today's two selections from Warwick and Sedgfield...
"Henry Oliver's mare has a superb attitude and although she is going up another 3lb's today she is dropping in class"
Back Darlyn @ 3/1 in the Warwick 15:10
Henry Oliver's mare can make the hat-trick
Darlyn is looking for a hat-trick of wins today after succeeding at at Uttoxeter over two miles and then stepping up in class over a similar trip with a 9lb penalty at Southwell. What I liked about her latest win was the way the she had to battle back to get up by a head after a making a mistake at the last.
Henry Oliver's mare has a superb attitude and although she is going up another 3lb's today she is dropping in class, no doubt she is going to have to improve again but the stable are going well and I am hoping to see her put in another battling effort.
The favourite is Paddy the Chef, Ian Williams' four-year-old is making just his third start over hurdles but was a winner on the flat at Nottingham last July over a mile and a quarter. The concern is he was beaten twenty seven lengths when third at Sandown last time out and although he is also down in class thats a big deficit to make up. I am not sure I would be wanting to take 3.02/1 to find out if he is going to make the grade over hurdles.
A royal trip
I think this trip is going to take some getting today and some of the runners at the head of the market may find that tough.
Niceandeasy for Keith Dalgleish leads the way but he hasn't won beyond two and half miles and hasn't even been tried beyond three, he is also the top weight, although Billy Garritty is taking a helpful 7lbs off the gelding, I still think he has plenty to prove. Pat's Oscar is another at the head of the market who is taking a big step up in trip, I think the eight-year-old mare is more fancied because of Richard Johnson in the plate and the fact that Gordon Elliot is the trainer. She finished last of 12 last time out at Limerick although that was a much tougher race than this.
With questions marks over some of the principles the one that I think will have no problem with the trip is Chris Fairhurst's Katy Royal. Her only victory to date was over two mile seven at Hexham and she was doing her best work at the end of that race, suggesting she will relish every yard of this distance. She followed that win up with a decent place off a mark just 2lbs higher than today. She has less to prove for me over this trip and I also like the fact that connections have acquired the services of Brian Hughes in the plate.