Alan drew a blank yesterday with two selections, but is keeping the faith with Mr Singh and Mr Lupton - who both run on Saturday at Goodwood and Beverley...
"Gosden went for the blinkers last time at York, and they are retained today following a break of 49 days. He's a stayer with a change of gear, and today's jockey Frankie Dettori has ridden him from the front before."
I tipped Mr Lupton in Newbury's Group 3 Hackwood Stakes back in July at 9.809/1. The fact he's a similar price for a drop in class to Listed level means I cannot let him go unbacked on Saturday for Beverley's feature race - The Bullet.
Touching on his effort last time at the Berkshire venue; it was a complete shocker. He was given an awful lot to do (but he does come late), and he was also drawn away from the pace. The quick ground might have been an excuse, but he does have form on good to firm. So we put a line through that, and his previous appearance at Newcastle once again saw him try to mix it from a bad draw. The line went through that too.
Guess what? The draw again is not kind for Saturday, but I'm still clinging on to his brilliant performance at York earlier in the season. He beat subsequent Stewards' Cup winner Dancing Star from a mark of 102, conceding plenty of weight. That was over six furlongs, but the stiff five in Yorkshire shouldn't be a problem, as this horse loves to aim at the pace.
There's still plenty more to come from this long-striding three-year-old, and connections must have been delighted with the 14mm of rain that fell on the Westwood on Thursday.
On official ratings he is just 1lb inferior to the class act Muthmir; a horse who possesses blistering speed and is also dropping down in grade. He wants lightning fast ground, but Mr Lupton might just relish the terrain with the added juice from Thursday. Hopefully it doesn't dry out too quickly.
15:55 Goodwood - Risky Mr Singh can bounce back to form
John Gosden's Mr Singh enjoyed an excellent 2015 campaign, but this year has been instantly forgettable with a pair of deplorable runs at York and Goodwood. This however is a massively open race, and quite a few here would hold claims in this Listed 1m6f affair, so I'm counting on the four-year-old to bounce back to form. A leap of faith is needed.
He beat Scottish in a Newbury maiden last term, and subsequently finished runner-up in a weak-looking Group 2 at Royal Ascot. Talk of the Dante and Derby was switched to the Leger following a victory in July's Group 3 Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket. We never saw him after that, and you get the feeling the pair of runs this campaign could be classed as 'piecing him back together' after his lay-off.
Gosden went for the blinkers last time at York, and they are retained today following a break of 49 days. He's a stayer with a change of gear, and today's jockey Frankie Dettori has ridden him from the front before.
At around 5.04/1 he could be the class act in the field; if he gets back to the old Mr Singh. Basically he has to prove he is the same horse today. The ground at York recently went against him, whilst he needed his reappearance at Goodwood, which is why I can give him one more chance.
Saturday's Recommended Bets (both half point)
Back Mr Lupton @ 7/1 Sportsbook price in the 15:10 at Beverley (PROMO RACE)
Back Mr Singh @ 5.805/1 in the 15:55 at Goodwood
Weekly P/L: -1.00
Previous week: + 5.05
2015 P/L: +20.14