No joy for Alan yesterday with his three selections, and with some good racing in store for Saturday, there's an opportunity to back two horses at Lingfield....
"The three-year-old then seemed not to fancy it at Lingfield over 1m2f, but bounced back to a bit of form recently over 2f extra at Kempton - where he travelled like a horse who can win from his mark. He traded odds-on in-play for that latest start, and has collected three of those in his career." Back Silver Lining @ 4.03/1 in the 15:30 at Lingfield
13:20 Newcastle - Deal or No Deal?
Very much deal.
Conditions at Newcastle won't be for the faint-hearted on Saturday, and with very deep ground in store, it's worth throwing in Lucinda Russell's No Deal for the Northumberland Chase.
He stays well and has scored over three miles in heavy going. His latest run was a disaster, but breathing problems were cited, so a tongue tie will be worn on Saturday.
This lightly-raced nine-year-old jumped really well when scoring at Ayr earlier this year, and this might be a case of last horse standing in the mud.
14:55 Lingfield - Calling out for a hero
Hero is stretching it, but after three blanks yesterday, a winner will be treated like a hero in these parts.
This Conditions race looks a match bet between Our Channel and Calling Out, and in truth, neither appears to be worth their current three figure rating, which is why these types often appear in these sort of races. And both have been gelded since their last outings.
Calling Out is on a long losing run, but he faced Maftool and Algaith when seen at Chelmsford in August and wasn't beaten far - and those two are fairly handy all-weather performers. He raced only twice on the turf this summer, running in Epsom's Group 3 Diomed, but was given an awful lot to do.
His main danger has been off the track since February, whilst Russian Realm is a bit of a flat track bully, but might travel better than Calling Out. The selection has been held up in most of his races, so I'll key in a bigger price to get matched in-play. David Simcock's horses have run consistently well in December too.
15:30 Lingfield - Target Tregoning's grey
I've backed Silver Lining on two occasions, and for a horse whose career record now stands at 0-14, it's safe to say he isn't quite the unlucky fellow I thought he was, well-handicapped yes, but he's had enough chances now to win a race. But he ought to be a player in this moderate affair.
His last three efforts make for interesting reading (a real mixed bag). His run on turf in October at Windsor was plain bizarre; he was nearly pulled up by his inexperienced rider, only to finish his race really strongly, losing by two and a half lengths - having got so far behind it was untrue.
The three-year-old then seemed not to fancy it at Lingfield over 1m2f, but bounced back to a bit of form recently over two furlongs extra at Kempton - where he travelled like a horse who can win from his mark. He traded odds-on in-play for that latest start, and has collected three of those in his career.
But he is unexposed over Saturday's trip, and there is no obvious front runner. The favourite Vale Of Iron is 0-19 whilst Air Charter is interesting on a run behind Loaves And Fishes - but there is no way to take any positives from her latest effort at Wolverhampton.
Saturday's Recommended Bets (all half point)
Back No Deal @ 5.04/1 in the 13:20 at Newcastle
Back Calling Out @ 4.03/1 in-play in the 14:55 at Lingfield
Back Silver Lining @ 4.03/1 in the 15:30 at Lingfield
Profit and loss (one point each bet excluding advised in-running trades)
Last week total: - 2.40
This week total: -3.00
Running total: +20.45