Alan Thompson got his week of to a good start yesterday with his best bet of the day going in at 3/1, today he has three selections from Newbury and Lingfield on a busy Saturday...
"Richard Woollacott's seven-year-old Millanisi Boy is definitely an improving type and has run well on soft / heavy going."
13:50 Newbury - Millanisi Boy @ 5.85/1 Exchange
Millanisi Boy didn't really produce much in his first year as a novice hurdler but this season has seen a marked improvement in form. He has produced some eye-catching runs at Exeter and today's track against some decent company. He won last time out at Chepstow and although was only over two miles three furlongs, you can add at least another furlong to that for the desperate conditions he encountered that day.
Prior to that he finished just five lengths behind Monbeg Gold when having to give him weight and then finished just four lengths behind the 138 rated Unowwhatimeanharry (due to run at Exeter on Sunday and holds an entry in the Albert Bartlett), that form also received a further boost when the third that day (who was 13 lengths behind Millanisi Boy) won at Ascot next time out.
This is a big step up in class and distance from his last start for the Richard Woollacott seven-year-old but he is definitely an improving type and has run well on soft / heavy going. At the price available on the exchange, I am more than happy to give him a chance in this company.
Since Clive Cox switched Quintus Cerialis to the all weather from the turf he has been a different animal. After nine starts on the turf, Quintus Cerialis broke his maiden tag at the first time of asking on the sand at Kempton in November, winning by 11 lengths.
He then ran no sort of a race at Wolverhampton finishing 10th of 12 over seven furlongs, but he returned to Kempton last time out over six furlongs to finish third beaten only half a length by Noble Deed who he faces again today 2lbs better off for just that half length defeat.
Adam Kirby gets the leg up again today and although he has to concede weight all around, he is still unexposed on the all weather and off a mark of 74 I think he is the one to beat.
This Mike Channon gelding is a horse I have followed since his debut run at Leicester where he was beaten by a short head, looking all over the winner before edging right close home and just losing. He then finished five lengths behind Galileo Gold who is now rated 110 and won the Vintage Stakes a group 2 race at Goodwood.
I thought the win was sure to come sooner rather than later for Blacklister, unfortunately I'm still waiting, he has been expensive to follow racking up four second place finishes, including his last two, and is still a maiden after 13 starts.
However, there have been some promising signs in his last two starts. In his penultimate run he finished behind Sea of Flames (beaten a neck) three weeks ago, the winner, the fourth and the fifth that day have all come out since and won. Last time out he was sent off the 11/8 second favourite and ran well at Chelmsford, but again found one too good in Byers Road.
I couldn't leave him off my list today but this is the last chance saloon for me and Blacklister (which normally means he is certain to win next time if he doesn't this time), so he gets one more chance @ 2/1 on the Sportsbook.
Back Millanisi Boy @ 5.85/1 Exchange - 13:50 Newbury
Back Quintus Cerialis @ 7/2 Sportsbook - 16:20 Lingfield
Back Blacklister @ 2/1 Sportsbook - 14:00 Lingfield
Alan Thompson 2016 P&L
Carried Forward +8.97 pts
Staked: 5 pts (including today's bet)
Returned: 4 pts
Overall Profit/Loss: + 7.97 pts