Alan's best bet of the day obliged yesterday but his second selection was one of the 33 non-runners at Bath. Looking to finish his week on a high he has selections from York and Salisbury...
"Providing she can run to the level she showed at Ascot last time she will take all the beating here and the drop back to 10 furlongs won't be a problem."
Frankie Dettori rode three winners at York yesterday and he has a great chance of adding to that tally in the Middleton Stakes, when he is re-united with the beautifully bred John Gosden's Journey, a daughter of Dubawi out of a mare by Montjeu. The Gosden filly initially looked disappointing, taking four starts to break her maiden tag, eventually winning at Newbury last June.
Once she finally got her head in front, she then failed to impress at Newcastle during last year's Northumberland Plate festival finishing eighth of 11 but then bounced back to win two class 1 listed events at Salisbury and Newmarket before just failing to bag the group 1 Champions Fillies Stakes at Ascot. Dettori was on-board at Ascot (and her initial win at Newbury) so it's a positive to see him back doing the steering today.
Providing she can run to the level she showed at Ascot last time she will take all the beating here and the drop back to 10 furlongs won't be a problem, winning two of her three starts over this distance.
I think Charlie Hills has a very interesting runner in the six furlong handicap at Salisbury in the shape of Shanghai Glory. The three-year-old gelding won his maiden making all at Nottingham and was then turned out in the group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot in just his third start, not surprising that he was last in the field of 10.
The standard of opposition won't be close to that Ascot race and he is running off what could be a lenient mark of 75, with the capable Michael Murphy claiming 3lbs. Not only is he dropping back into class 5 company today after being well beaten in his last two starts (class 2 and class 4) but he is also dropping back to six furlongs, the distance he won his maiden over. It is certainly a very interesting profile he has and at 9/2 I think he is worth a bet.
Alan Thompson 2016 P&L
Carried Forward +22.75 pts
Staked: 12 pts (including today's bet)
Returned: 8.87 pts
Overall Profit/Loss: +19.62 pts