Alan Thompson is looking to top up his profitable week in the tipping chair with his final two selections for this stint from Chepstow and Salisbury...
"He is well treated on these terms and with a three-year-old allowance there’s sure to be more improvement."
Back Del Parco @ 5/2 in the 20:15 Chepstow
Hopefully this is worth waiting for in the final race of the day, this isn't the strongest of six furlong handicaps and the Clive Cox trained Del Parco looks like he will be difficult to beat. The lightly raced colt has yet to get his head in front from five starts but three seconds a third and a fourth say he is due, he bumped into a decent horse at Ffos Las last time on softer ground and he will appreciate the better ground today, having finished second on fast ground in the past.
Pastfact looks his biggest challenger from the Malcolm Saunders yard, he is in search of a hat-trick of wins today following two Class 6 handicap successes at Bath. He's up in trip marginally and a 5lb rise in the weights makes life tricky. He's likely to be popular in the betting after his last two starts but I think Del Parco is well treated on these terms and with a three-year-old allowance there's sure to be more improvement, with first-time blinkers on I would rather be on him than Pastfact tonight.
The favourite Mutineer arrives here on the hat-trick for Daniel Kubler after winning on the all weather at both Kempton and Wolverhampton, returning to the turf where he is rated higher. For that reason he effectively has a double penalty amounting to 12lbs here which makes this very tough, he does retain the services of Eddie Greatrex though who takes three pounds off his back. Conditions will suit and despite the heavy burden he could still be that far ahead of the handicapper but I much prefer one at a bigger price in the shape of Jack of Diamonds.
He has been running over the middle distance in the main this season, struggling for form and well beaten on his last two runs. However, he now returns to the mile distance on a mark of 64, which sees him extremely well treated on his past wins, this horse was winning off 88 on the all weather just in April, they have now removed the headgear he has been wearing and with, in my opinion, a dubious favourite in the line up he has every chance of at least making the frame. Robert Winston is an eye catching jockey booking and conditions will suit, with 14 currently going to post a quarter of the odds for a place looks too big to ignore.
Back Del Paco @ 5/2 in the 20:15 Chepstow
Back Jack of Diamonds Each Way @ 9/1 in the 14:20 Salisbury