Alan's sequence of winners continues with another winning selection at a starting price of 8/1, he is looking to keep the P&L moving in the right direction with two more selections from Fakenham and Catterick...
"In addition to that weight drop he also has the services of useful 7lb claimer Harry Stock in the plate."
Martin Keighley's Buckle Street has already been supported overnight in the betting market and I can see the reasons why. Despite just the one win from nine hurdling starts, he has put in two very respectable performances in defeat this season, on both occasions he was in big fields, finishing fifth of 19 and sixth of 21 runners.
His latest fifth at Cheltenham came in a Class 3 competitive handicap and dropping down to Class 4 company today he is also 1lb lower than that run. In addition to that weight drop he also has the services of useful 7lb claimer Harry Stock in the plate.
His last two races were both at Cheltenham and I think the step up in trip today will also be to his advantage. On his last start over only two miles five furlongs he wasn't exactly running on at the end, but that was on heavy ground and it took some getting that day. The time before he was doing his best work towards the end of the race on better ground, so I suspect the good to soft that is currently declared at Catterick will be more to his liking and there is no rain in the forecast. Down in weight, down in class, conditions to suit and up in trip plus the early market support has been eye-catching, while it's a shame I couldn't get anything better at 7/2 I still think he could run a big race.
All five of Walsingham Grange's national hunt wins(1) or places(4) have been when Pam Sly's four-year-old hasn't run beyond two miles. His last race at Southwell was over two and half miles and despite coming in fit from his flat runs the trip was too far and he was beaten a long way out, eventually coming home seventh. Fortunately, he returns to two miles today and I think that is his optimal trip. He has already won over hurdles at Catterick off a mark of 113 so he is more than capable off today's mark of 102 especially with a 7lb claimer on board who has ridden six winners to date.
It's quite an open looking race with the favourite Cubswin currently priced around 3/1, he was a beaten favourite last time out finishing 23 lengths off the winner. It's only his third start over hurdles and I wouldn't be too keen on backing him. Next in the betting is Ataman, who was a decent performer on the flat without winning, but he hasn't looked the best over hurdles in four starts, not finishing within 25 lengths of a winner. However, this time he has the services of Richard Johnson in the plate and that makes him a bit more palatable, but he isn't for me. With nine runners going to post it sets up nicely for an each way selection and I think Walsingham Grange back over two miles has solid chances.
2017 Overall (prior to this week): +37.45 pts
This week so far...
Staked: 8 pts
Returned: 22.25 pts