Alan had a winner yesterday and is now looking to make it a hat-trick of winning days with two selections from Thirsk and Carlisle...
"...his return to seven furlongs could be the key to finally get back in the winners enclosure again."
It may have been two years since Captain Bob last got his head in front but his return to seven furlongs could be the key to finally get back in the winners enclosure again. The five-year-old gelding is yet to win for the Robert Cowell yard and during that time he has dropped down the official ratings from 85 to his current mark of 70.
He certainly isn't the easiest of rides but the brilliant claimer Adam McNamara, gets a chance to see if he can get a good tune out of him today. This horse has previously only ever won over today's trip, yet nine of his ten starts for the Cowell yard have been over shorter. His last win came at Sandown in a Class 3 handicap off a mark of 83 in June 2014.
With McNamara's very handy 5lb claim, any sort of run close to that Sandown effort should be good enough to win this, but even if he can't quite reach those levels any more, making the frame at least, is surely still within his capabilities.
Tim Easterby's Alpine Dream only failed by a neck, after trading at 1.11/10 in running, to reel in Portland Street over course and distance last time out. With the first time blinkers on and the drop in class she could make up for that narrow defeat today. She has been progressively getting better with each start and there doesn't look to be too much to beat in this low level handicap.
The three-year-old filly has been slow to get into her stride but the blinkers should help her break quicker and get her in a better position to make her charge for the line. She is well bred and should be capable of taking an event like this.
Alan Thompson 2016 P&L
2016 Overall (prior to this week): -12.37 pts
This week so far...
Staked: 7 pts
Returned: 7.25 pts