Alan got off the mark for the week with a well-backed winner at Ripon yesterday. With meetings staged over the jumps and the Flat on Sunday - our man has one pick from each...
"The son of Zebedee also looks well-handicapped from 69, and I like the angle of the drop back from 6f to 5f, as he didn't quite see his race out when last appearing at Ripon."
This 0-130 handicap chase is by far and away the race of the day, and not a bad prize too, with £20,000 in the pot.
I initially looked at Set List with the first-time visor, as trainer Emma Lavelle has bagged a couple of winners since moving to a new base, but the clear pick is Ballykan - who has been given a chance by the handicapper.
Over fences he's mostly been running from marks ranging between 135 to 137 (in deeper affairs it has to be said), so down to 130 and a big drop in class gets the klaxon sounding. This is a good race, but not as tough as the one Ballykan featured in last time, when seen in the Summer Cup at Uttoxeter (a contest in which he raced out of the handicap).
The outing at the Midlands venue was his first spin since April, and for me he looks the type that wants good ground.
He jumped superbly as a novice when scoring at Chepstow last year, and given the surface, he should be better than a 130 horse. He's well-treated to strike.
OK, it's the wrong Dyllan, but I thought the homage to Bob would suit for headline purposes. He also wrote 'Lay Lady Lay', a tremendous song that could be the anthem for those that like to take on fillies on the exchange at short prices.
We have neither for Sunday, so backing Ruth Carr's Dyllan, might be the way to go in this tricky, yet intriguing, 5f handicap.
He raced for Richard Hannon last term, and despite performing with credit in some reasonable maidens, he never really built on promise shown at Newmarket on his second start. We've seen some higher profile winners this term that were shipped out of Hannon's yard - so Dyllan isn't quite the lost cause yet.
The son of Zebedee also looks well-handicapped from 69, and I like the angle of the drop back from 6f to 5f, as he didn't quite see his race out when last appearing at Ripon.
Given quick ground on Sunday, he should have his optimum conditions.
Sunday's Recommended Bets (both half point)
Weekly P/L: -0.80
Previous week: -7.80
2015 P/L: +20.14