Alan's best bet of the day traded at 1.162/13 in running last night before getting touched off in the final strides. Not to be deterred he has two more today from Brighton and Yarmouth...
"This looks a weaker contest than the Newmarket race and he is now 4lbs below his last winning mark"
Sir Titan is dropping into a class he is more than capable of winning
At the end of last year Sir Titan moved from Marcus Tregoning's yard to Tony Carroll's and to be fair he has been struggling to find any sort of form following that move. That was until his latest start where he showed clear signs that he may be getting back to his best when finishing a good fourth at Newmarket over seven furlongs. The last time he was rated as low as this (80) was at Goodwood last May, where today's jockey Hayley Turner (her only ride of the meeting) steered him home in a seven furlong, Class 4 handicap - the same as he finds himself in today.
Last year after winning at Goodwood he then went on to win again in Class 3 company. There is no doubt the ability is there, it is just a question of whether he is ready to reproduce it today. This looks a weaker contest than the Newmarket race and he is now 4lbs below his last winning mark, at the prices I am prepared to give him a chance to get back to his best.
Ghepardo enjoys his trips to Brighton
Only five go to post for this interesting sprint to open the card at Brighton and while it looks a complicated affair, the one I like is Ghepardo. The four-year-old filly has run three times at this course and has finished first, second and second. All three runs have been off a mark of 66, she gets in today 3lbs lower than that. Also, Patrick Chamings' charge has been knocking on the door of late, placing twice from this mark recently and with Tom Marquand in the saddle, who rides this course as well as any and was on board when she won here, I think she could run a big race this afternoon.
As I say this is an interesting sprint and Big Time Maybe with Cieren Fallon in the plate looks like he could be the one to give the selection the most to worry about. He has posted a couple of decent efforts at Bath and Sandown recently but Brighton is a unique course and I like a horse that has previously performed well there. What puts me off Big Time Maybe is on his only course start he finished sixth of nine in a weaker event than this.
2019 (prior to this week) : +5.96pts
This week so far...
Staked: 8 pts
Returned: 5.5 pts
2019 P&L +3.46pts
2018 P&L +82.29pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts