No luck for Alan yesterday, today he is looking to get back into the winners enclosure with two selections from Beverley and Wincanton...
"he clearly likes it round here having won on both his appearances"
Alejandro for David Loughnane makes a swift return to the track after finishing a respectable third at Chester last week. The nine-year-old may well have had a favourable draw last week which undoubtedly assisted his finishing position but none the less he is still a more than capable performer. He has already ran three times this year and gets in here of the same rating as he did last week, connections are obviously keen to keep him going, suggesting he is at the peak of his powers.
It may have been over a year and 12 starts since he managed to get his head in front but it looks like he has plenty going for him today. The extra furlong will certainly suit him better than the sharp seven he run over at Chester last time and he clearly likes it round here having won on both his appearances. Also, his last win here was over today's trip off a mark 3lbs higher than he gets in here. He currently heads the market of 12 runners and in this 0-85 company he could be difficult to beat.
There may only be four runners in this Handicap Chase but the one that makes the most appeal to me is the current outsider of the quartet, More Bucks. I thought he run respectably in a Class 2 event last time out and this looks a much weaker Class 4 contest. Paul Nicholls' runner is a three time winner over fences, albeit his last win was a while ago it was off a 5lb higher mark than he runs off today and with amateur stable jockey Lorcan Williams taking an additional 7lbs off he is well weighted in this contest.
Rise of an Empire heads the market, he was a useful hurdler over in Ireland before tackling fences but he has struggled to get going over the larger obstacles, from his four attempts to date. Bramble Brook is next in the betting, he won twice back in January (off 111 & 115) but the handicapper has had a tight enough grip on him since, he has dropped down a few pounds recently but still looks high enough at 118. The last runner is Phangio, he won at Chepstow in 2017, and then won again off a low mark (93) when he appeared to enjoy the step up in trip at Warwick a few weeks ago. However, he is back up to 99 today and that may be too much for him to win this.
2018 Overall (prior to this week): +10.75 pts
This week so far...
Staked: 8 pts
Returned: 8.75 pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts