Bets of the Day: There is a strong case for Officer Hoolihan at Bangor

Richard Johnson will be on board Officer Hoolihan
Richard Johnson will be on board Officer Hoolihan

Alan's best bet of the day traded at a frustrating 1.021/50 in-running yesterday, just failing to get home at Kempton. On his final day in the chair for this week he has selections from Bangor and Chelmsford...


"Tim Vaughan's six-year-old Kayf Tara gelding Officer Hoolihan is expected to improve again today."

Back Officer Hoolihan @ 5/2 Sportsbook - 16:50 Bangor-on-Dee

16:50 Bangor-on-Dee - Officer Hoolihan @ 5/2 Sportsbook

Officer Hoolihan ran his best race so far last time out when third of 12 beaten just three lengths in a maiden hurdle race at Stratford over an extra three furlongs than today's trip in soft ground. Tim Vaughan's six-year-old Kayf Tara gelding though is expected to improve again on that performance.

He has only run five times in total but his his last three races (despite being a double figure price in all three) he has shown sign of ability, today I am sure Richard Johnson riding him for the first time will be able to get the best out of him. Matchaway is the obvious danger to the selection with Kerry Lee's yard going well at present but I just favour Officer Hoolihan to get the job done today.


19:40 Chelmsford - Mystical Spirit @ 7/2 Sportsbook

Martyn Meade's Mystical Spirit may well be a horse that will carry top weight in this race, but he could still have more to come despite a 5lb increase from his last win. His win here last time out was a career best effort and he was running on at the end of the race to pick up the leader in the later stages. That win was over a mile 14 days ago and I don't think today's extra two furlongs will be a problem.

Last year he was running in decent company on the turf at tracks like Newmarket, Windsor and Lingfield but just bumping into one or two too good for him. On the All Weather he has ran four times and not been out the frame yet, I think there is every chance that he will produce another good effort and prove himself more than worthy of his handicap mark of 85.


Recommended Bets:

Back Officer Hoolihan @ 5/2 Sportsbook - 16:50 Bangor-on-Dee
19:40 Chelmsford - Mystical Spirit @ 7/2 Sportsbook


Alan Thompson 2016 P&L

Carried Forward +21.70 pts

This week...

Staked: 15 pts (including today's bet)

Returned: 14.8 pts

Overall Profit/Loss: + 21.50 pts

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