Alan found a 4/1 winner on the Epsom card yesterday and is looking to find more today with two selections from Perth and Fakenham...
"Last time out he finished second to a very decent type from the Nicky Henderson yard called Monbeg Legend"
This looks like an intriguing handicap chase where the runners range from the top rated Indian Temple at 131 down the 107 rated Castletown. The top weight, Indian Temple, won this race last year for trainer Tim Reed and is currently favourite to do the same again this time around. However, this time jockey Harry Reed is only able to claim 5lbs, losing 2lbs from last year's claim. He ran well in defeat last time out at Aintree and I am sure he will be a threat again today but I like the look of Sumkindofking in today's renewal.
Tom George's charge may be without a win since 2016 but he has been running in some pretty decent races at the likes of Cheltenham, Aintree, and Kempton. Prior to that he was a point-to-point winner, won a bumper and a maiden hurdle, so he is more than capable of getting his head in front. Last time out he finished a very creditable fourth on chasing debut at Ludlow where he finished second to a very decent type from the Nicky Henderson yard called Monbeg Legend. He gets in here off the same mark as that Ludlow effort and wouldn't need to improve too much on that run to win a race like this.
Only four go to post for this handicap chase but with the outsider of the four currently trading at 4/1 it's a fascinating race to try and solve. The one I like is the Charles Pogson trained Ballycamp, he is a consistent performer who should be up to winning a race at this level. He was tried in Grade 2 company back in January and was out of his depth, he is yet to win from 18 starts (5 of which have been over fences) but his performances in this company suggest a win is on the cards. He finished third over further in each of his last two races and this step back in trip should help the nine-year-old in this small field.
The market principle is Le Precieux from the Gary Moore yard, he came over from France in 2017 but didn't really achieve too much as he fell at Kempton back in January and didn't perfom to expectation at either Fontwell or Warwick after that. Master of Finance has only raced over fences twice but neither effort left the best impression, beaten 22 lengths on his latest effort. Even in a four-runner race like this, it's hard to see the seven-year-old winning. The remaining horse Gin And Tonic is a five time winner over hurdles but is yet to reproduce anything like that form over fences so preference today is for Ballycamp.
2018 Overall (prior to this week): +10.75 pts
This week so far...
Staked: 4 pts
Returned: 5 pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts