Alan's final day in the tipping chair and he has two interesting selections from the jump meetings at Wincanton and Market Rasen to close with...
"A 3lb rise for his last win, from 102 to 105 but I think he could still be ahead of the handicapper."
Jackthejourneyman is looking to make it back-to-back wins for the Tom Gretton yard after his second career win over fences at Huntingdon at the end of October. He traveled well throughout that race before taking it up two out and kicking for home, getting a 3lb rise for that success, from 102 to 105 but I think he could still be ahead of the handicapper.
While he has ability he is certainly not the most reliable horse in training and has been pulled up in two of his last six starts. Last time out he ran with a tongue strap, cheek pieces and a hood for the first time and it seemed to have the desired effect. I don't think the horse is ungenuine, I just think the various equipment is because he gets lazy when he hits the front. He wears all the same headgear today, so hopefully that will keep him focused on the job in hand.
Last year Oscar Rock was off the course for 161 days before making his seasonal debut in a Market Rasen Class 1 Handicap Chase off a mark of 147, Brian Hughes rode the gelding that day and it won as it liked. Fast forward just over 12 months and Oscar Rock makes his seasonal appearance at Market Rasen having been off the course for 200 days, off his hurdles mark of 140, with Brian Hughes in the plate.
Malcolm Jefferson is a shrewd trainer in excellent form, he has sent out 10 horses over the last two weeks, five of which have won. Oscar Rock is clearly a better chaser than he is hurdler but I am not going to doubt the Jefferson team over their decision to send him back over hurdles. He is a quality horse that goes well fresh regardless of the obstacles in front of him.
Alan Thompson 2016 P&L
2016 Overall (prior to this week): +13.48 pts
This week so far...
Staked: 12 pts
Returned: 10 pts