Alan had a winner at Plumpton yesterday and is looking to finish his week in the chair off with at least one more from his two selections from Fontwell and Chelmsford...
"the huge sum paid for Deja Vu and the fact that Richard Johnson is taking the ride are good enough for me"
Deja Vu wasn't a cheap purchase for connections
The booking of Richard Johnson for the debut run under rules of Deja Vue is eye catching. This is quite a good looking mares novice hurdle but Anthony Honeyball's charge is a well bred Irish point winner who cost plenty (£82,000) and the yard were quickly back among the winners yesterday. As always the market in these races is often a good pointer and any money for the selection would of course be interesting. I am hoping that Dame Du Soir 's front running style will make this a true test on soft ground as I am confident that Deja Vu will be even better over further in the future.
The favourite in the field is Bullfrog from the Gary Moore yard. They haven't been going that well of late with just the two winners from their last 20 starters. However, Bullfrog was the subject of a large gamble that paid off on her first start in a mares polytrack bumper in November 2017 and ran a decent third on her return to the track at Sandown a couple of weeks ago. Once again the market will probably hold the key to this race and any support for the favourite would have to be noted.
At the prices available at the minute though the huge sum paid for Deja Vu and the fact that Richard Johnson is taking the ride are good enough for me to take an early position. Whoever wins the race this could be a one to follow in the future, I think there will be plenty of subsequent winners in here.
Banta Bay can go one better than last time
Banta Bay has been in solid form this winter, placing on two occasions over 12 furlongs and just failing to get up by a head last time over course and distance in a very similar race to this. The front two that day pulled five lengths clear of the third and he was unlucky not to get the win, he can correct that short defeat by adding another win to his career record tonight, providing he can run close to that form again. Interesting to note that this is Josephine Gordon's only ride of the meeting as well so I am sure she will be looking to make the journey worthwhile.
The favourite at the time of writing is Croeso Cymraeg who should appreciate this step up in trip after he kept on well inside the final furlong when going in over a mile and a half at Southwell. But, that was a career best run last time and he is up another 4lbs for that effort today, there is every chance he is an improving sort and he might be able to step up again, but I think he will have to put in another career best if he is to keep Banta Bay behind him.
2019 Overall: +10.00pts
This week so far...
Staked: 8 pts
Returned: 3.75 pts
2018 P&L +82.29pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts