Both Alan's selections finished second yesterday (beaten a neck and a short head) one of which hit the minimum price in running 1.011/100. Undeterred, he is back for the final time this week with two selections from Towcester and Musselburgh...
"His last win was off a mark of 108 and runs today off 98 and conditions are ideal"
Henry Oliver runs Moscow Me, the 10-year-old may not have won since 2015 but showed a glimpse of his old self when finishing third, about five lengths away from the winner, over this course and distance last time out. The new headgear last time clearly worked and he looks to have a good chance at a nice price with Robert Hawker taking off a useful 7lb this time around. His last win was off a mark of 108 and runs today off 98 and conditions are ideal so he certainly has strong place claims.
Graeme McPherson's Londonia was another I liked in this race, the five-year-old grey runs with a strange head carriage but has won before at Ffos Las about this time last year. He also finished off last season with a good third over course and distance so can't be discounted, and if he is ready for his seasonal debut he certainly has conditions to suit and Richard Johnson takes the ride, he is another that should be going close in this. However, of the two I favour Moscow Me and he is a slightly bigger price at the time of writing.
This is a competitive handicap but I will be giving Vizier for the David O'Meara yard another chance here. He won a Class 5 maiden at Hamilton last September and was given a mark of 77 for his handicap debut at Newcastle where he was sent off market favourite. Unfortunately, that race didn't go to plan as he reportedly broke a blood vessel and eventually came home second last. He has been left on that same mark today, drops down a grade and provided he is fit after a 167 day break he should run a good race for a yard that have a good record at the track.
2017 Overall (prior to this week): -5.11 pts
This week so far...
Staked: 10 pts
Returned: 12 pts