After landing his 8.07/1 best bet of the day in the first race at Musselburgh on Wednesday, Alan Thompson looks to continue that form on his final day of this week with two more selections from Ludlow and Newbury...
"He ran well in defeat, finishing second last time out at Taunton."
Tempuran has been on the move this year, in July he was running for the David Bridgwater team, he then moved to Dr Richard Newland for a very short one race spell before finding his new home with Alastair Ralph. As well as working his way through trainers he has been running in lots of different events from winning at Brighton on the flat over a mile and a half at the end of June he now returns to hurdle races where he last won at this discipline in September last year. Both his starts for the Ralph team have been over hurdles and he ran well in defeat, finishing second last time out at Taunton.
I think he can get his first win for his new landlords today, Charlie Hammond is taking a handy 7lb off his back and he is going over a slightly longer trip. Although he has only ever gone beyond today's trip once before in his career, he did finish second on soft ground over two miles seven furlongs so I think the eight-year-old will have no problem getting the trip.
Barman looks to have an outstanding chance in this conditional jockeys race at Newbury. Nicky Henderson's charge could take control of this small field from the front in a similar fashion to his last impressive win at Taunton. He never looked in danger when winning last time out and had been threatening a return to form for a while, he runs under a penalty today but that weight is cancelled out by the more than capable 10lb claimer Alan Doyle and I can't see how he can't be in amongst it at the business end of the race again.
The six-year-old officially won by eight lengths last time out but it could have been by anything he wanted really, he was clear of the field two out and eased down to cross the line in his own time. Prior to that he was running well finishing in the place money on both his previous two starts in decent handicaps and I don't see too much strength in depth in today's field. The biggest danger could be Poppy Kay, she ran a huge race when last seen, beaten just a neck despite being hampered, that was a solid looking race so she could be the fly in the ointment if ready for this after a 208 break.
2017 Overall (prior to this week): +29.15 pts
This week so far...
Staked: 12 pts
Returned: 17.3 pts