Alan found his way back into the winners' enclosure again yesterday and is looking to finish a great week off with two more from Leicester and Epsom...
"He was better than the winning distance last time out so it would be a major surprise if he didn't go very close today"
Sioux Frontier could have the handicapper thinking again
Just the five go down to post for this interesting looking handicap over a mile and I like the look of Richard Fahey's charge Sioux Frontier. His three-year-old gelding was a good winner last time and showed the right attitude to get up by a neck at Hamilton; he has been raised 3lbs for that effort. I think the neck distance flatters the second that day and I still think the handicapper could have been quite lenient, I am not sure this new mark puts him anywhere near the ceiling of his abilities. He was well on top at the line last time out so it would be a major surprise if he didn't go very close today despite encountering quicker ground.
It's a competitive heat and the selection will have to be at his best if he is to beat the likes of Destroyer from the Tom Tate yard who gets in here 1lb lower than his last winning mark but that success came back in July 2017 at Pontefract and he needs to snap a fairly long losing streak, I am sure his day will come again but not sure that will be today. The other threat seems to come from the scary combination of Luca Cumani and Jamie Spencer as they team up on Recollect. I just think he may still be a bit high in the handicap as his initial assessment of 75 may have been a bit harsh on his handicap debut and a further drop of 2lbs may not be quite enough for him today.
Sha La La La Lee could lead them all the way
Tom Dascombe's three-year-old colt Sha La La La Lee can go one better today after finishing second on his last two starts, both those runs were over a mile and the drop back to seven furlongs should suit, given that he likes to be prominent and has plenty of speed. It looks like he might get a soft lead today and if he does and can dictate the pace of the race then off this mark with 3lb claimer Patrick Pilley doing the steering he could be difficult to pass.
Another interesting runner in the field and one that could prove popular in the market due to his four wins at the course is Highland Acclaim. However, all four of his wins have come over six furlongs and when he has been tried over seven before his record is a dismal 0-11, I am not sure he gets this trip even last time when he won here just seven days ago he was holding on at the finish with a quickly reducing lead that he just managed to hang on to at the death. If he is trading short in running then he will be one I will be looking to take on.
2018 Overall (prior to this week): +34.44 pts
This week so far...
Staked: 13 pts
Returned: 63.44 pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts