Bets of the Day: Graceland should go well at Windsor today

Graceland can produce the goods at Windsor
Graceland can produce the goods at Windsor

On a busy bank holiday Monday with five afternoon meetings in the UK, Alan has gone to Windsor for two selections...

"Graceland run a great race finishing second to a decent Michael Stoute trained colt Dannyday at Chelmsford, where the two pulled well clear of the rest of the field. The third in that day Masterpaver has since come out and won on his next two starts."

Back Graceland @ 11/4 in the 17:05 Windsor

17:05 Windsor - Graceland @ 11/4 Sportsbook

Graceland was well supported in the market in his last start at Chester, but completely missed the break in an amateur riders' race and was always in trouble from that point. I don't expect Jamie Spencer to let that happen again today, prior to Chester he had just run a great race finishing second to a decent Michael Stoute trained-colt Dannyday at Chelmsford, where the two pulled well clear of the rest of the field. The third in that day Masterpaver has since come out and won on his next two starts. Spencer has been in the saddle three times on Graceland, he won once and was second, beaten less than a length, on the other two occasions.

Graceland's two previous wins have both come in small fields (four and five runners) and his main two contenders will have to defy penalties to beat him. Cartier stepped up to this distance last time out at Catterick in some style, pulling away from the field, gets a 6lb rise in the weights for that success. Stockhill Diva is another contender but is also up 4lb for finishing second over course and distance last time.


16:35 Windsor - American Artist @ 11/4 Sportsbook

Roger Varian runs his Danhill Dancer colt American Artist today and he had been very consistent in this sort of company, not being outside of the place money in six runs, winning three of them. That was until he ran a bit flat at Chester last time out finishing 5th, he was beaten three lengths that day but he is dropping back down in class today and this four-year-old race looks a bit weaker.

I would expect front runner Croquembouche to lead them at a decent pace allowing William Buick the chance to just drop him in behind and get him settled, hopefully leaving enough in the tank to quicken and pick up the running when asked in the later stages.

Recommended Bets:

Back Graceland @ 11/4 in the 17:05 Windsor

Back American Artist in the 16:35 Windsor

Alan Thompson 2016 P&L

Carried Forward +19.62 pts

This week...

Staked: 9 pts (including today's bet)

Returned: 7.5 pts

Overall Profit/Loss: +18.12 pts

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