With the Ebor festival now behind us its back to the regular racing calendar and Alan has found two selections from Worcester and Chelmsford...
"Since his move to Dan Skelton and the switch to hurdles Alcock and Brown has been successful on two of his three starts"
A winner twice at Worcester already this season, Dan Skelton's Alcock and Brown looks like he can make it a hat-trick of wins at the track. The four-year-old gelding was running in Ireland for Andrew Oliver on the flat where he gained a very modest rating of 68, but since his move to Dan Skelton and the switch to hurdles he has been successful on two of his three starts.
Alcock and Brown's form got a bit of a boost yesterday as Nikki Steel came out and won comfortably at Newton Abbott, Alcock and Brown beat Nikki Steel by six lengths last time out. This is his first run in handicap company but there is every chance that Skelton's charge still has more improvement in him unlike most of his exposed challengers today.
James Fanshawe's only runner of the day is a three-year-old filly at Chelmsford, in the shape of Always Summer. This is only her second start in handicap company but it is interesting that the lightly raced maiden steps up in trip today to one mile six furlongs. Last time out she ran fourth in a Newmarket Class 5 handicap over a mile and a half, so as well the longer trip she is also dropping down a level.
Hopefully she does take her place here as she also has entries for races at Yarmouth and Kempton on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively next week, so the team are obviously keen to get a run into her. Running of a mark of 62 and with Joe Fanning on board doing the steering, I think she should has every chance of breaking her maiden tag today.
Back Alcock and Brown @ 9/4 in the 16:20 Worcester
Alan Thompson 2016 P&L
Overall (prior to this week): -3.37 pts
This week so far...
Staked: 4 pts
Returned: 3 pts