Alan had another winner yesterday at Doncaster to keep his run going. Today he has picked out two sprinters at Bath that he thinks are hard to beat...
"This is an easier task than that Sandown race and being back on firmer ground I think will also assist his chances"
Tinto should find this easier than last time
This Class 5 handicap at Bath looks like an ideal opportunity for Amanda Perrett to get her two-year-old colt Tinto his second win of his short career.
He has already won one of his four starts on the turf at Brighton at the beginning of August and he was partnered that day by 3lb claimer Jason Watson, who is also on top today. After his win at Brighton he finished third in a tough handicap at Sandown, where Ryan Moore rode the colt into a creditable third place on ground that was a bit on the slow side. This is an easier task than that Sandown race and being back on firmer ground I think will also assist his chances.
The one that could cause Tinto the most trouble may come in the shape of Richard Hannon's charge London Rock. He made a good start in handicaps when second at Ffos Las, that was also his first start over todays trip. He has been raised 1lb for that effort which is more than fair. If he can progress from that run he should be the one to chase Tinto home.
Tony Carroll can continue his good form with Red Alert
Tony Carroll is enjoying a rich vein of form at the minute, with the yard producing eight winners in the last two weeks and the style in which Red Alert won over course and distance just eleven days ago its hard to look elsewhere.
The four-year-old, despite not getting a clear run, simply cruised clear of the field (including Perfect Symphony who he re opposes today) to win last time and although he is 5lbs higher today he was value for more than that. That was his first "legitimate" win on the turf, as despite going past the post first at Salisbury in June 2017 he was later disqualified and placed him second.
Perfect Symphony is off the same mark as when they last met so has a 5lb advantage today, but he will need to find plenty more to reverse the form, perhaps a bigger threat to the selection is Tigerwolf.
The Daniel Loughnane runner rarely puts in a poor effort but he has now just won one of his last 20 starts on the turf and while he holds valid each way claims, I can't see how he can get ahead of Red Alert today.
2018 Overall (prior to this week): +79.38 pts
This week so far...
Staked: 4 pts
Returned: 11 pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts