Alan started his week in the chair with a winning bet of the day, unfortunately his other two selections could only manage place finishes. Today his selections go at Carlisle and Newton Abbot...
"I expect he will have learned from that experience and with Brian Harding in the plate again today, I think he will put in a much improved performance."
Cumbrian trainer Nicky Richards runs the lightly raced Takingrisks in this three mile handicap hurdle race at Carlisle today and I think he might be ready for his second win under rules. He was successful in a point-to-point over this trip before being bought by the Richards team, and then claimed his first victory, somewhat fortunately when left clear at the last, under rules at Kelso in December, but he had Seven Balls Of Fire 13 lengths behind him that day.
He was disappointing last time out after being sent off the 2/1 favourite at Ayr in his first handicap race. I expect he will have learned from that experience and with Brian Harding in the plate again today, I think he will put in a much improved performance.
The horse to beat is Wintered Well who has won his last two races by a cumulative 30 lengths, but he has reached a mark of 117 now so it will require even further improvement to get his head in front again. At the odds available I would rather "take a risk" on Brian Harding and Nicky Richards getting their charge home at their local track.
16:55 Newton Abbot - Tachbury @ 6.25/1 Exchange
At twelve years old Tim Vaughan's charge is certainly not one that I would normally be drawn to on a busy Saturday. But the booking of Richard Johnson makes it of interest, Johnson has ridden the horse three times, last time he was on top he finished third of 13, prior to that he was second beaten a head and the other time he won. Last time out under Tom O'Brien the horse didn't perform, beaten 38 lengths but that was on heavy ground and I think the return to a sounder surface will see a different horse.
This is not a high quality field, the main danger could come from last years winner Lambs Cross, but his jumping isn't the best and he is certainly not one to trust. The current favourite is High Aspirations but in his last five starts, running between two and half mile and three miles, he has only finished once, beaten 22 lengths. This looks a good opportunity for Tachbury to claim his second win from his fifth chase start.
Back Takingrisks @ 9/2 Sportsbook - 16:05 Carlisle
Back Tachbury @ 6.25/1 Exchange - 16:55 Newton Abbot
Alan Thompson 2016 P&L
Carried Forward +21.70 pts
Staked: 5 pts (including today's bet)
Returned: 2.2 pts
Overall Profit/Loss: + 18.90 pts