Alan's winning run is gathering pace as Katy Royal won at Sedgfield yesterday, today he has two more to keep the profits coming from Leicester and Newcastle...
"This is just his eighth start so there could be plenty more to come from the gelding."
Falcon Sun has enjoyed moving into Handicap company
The lightly raced five-year-old Falcon Sun for the Dan Skelton team has come into his own after his wind surgery and switching to handicap company. He finished a creditable fifth of 15 on his first handicap start and then followed that up by winning by five lengths over today's track and trip on good ground. This is just his eighth start so there could be plenty more to come from the gelding and the 7lb rise he received for that victory may not be enough to stop him going in again today. Harry Skelton gets the leg up today and he is in superb form with a 22% strike rate over the last two weeks. I'm not sure the handicapper has caught up with him after just one win, he could run up a bit of a sequence.
Sparky Stowaway is another that is heading in the right direction but he is now 13lbs higher than his previous highest winning mark. To get involved though I think he needs to do a little bit more after a recent third here and off this mark I am not sure he can.
If you like backing outsiders you might want to take a closer look at the top weight Prairie Town, he was placed twice back in March and April off 4lbs higher than he is running off tonight and his best form is over a similar trip to today. He is 26.025/1 for a reason as his recent form can be described as patchy at best but if he can recapture some of that form he showed in the spring, he can make the frame at a big price.
The handicapper may not have caught up with Briyouni just yet
This is a competitive handicap at Newcastle but I think the market has got it right and Briyouni from the Ralph Becket yard looks a worthy favourite to me. The handicapper is certainly on his case, having put him up 13lbs for a couple of victories, but last time out when he won at Kempton the second has since come out and won well, franking that form and suggesting there could still be more to come from the six-year-old. On his only start on the all weather at Newcastle the Racing Post gave him a rating of 76, that was back in September 2017, if he is getting back to performing at that level then he should beat these comfortably.
One that could fill a place position is Dirchill for local trainer David Thompson, he tends to run better on turf than the all weather but has been getting closer running well in defeat on his last two starts. He is in receipt of another 1lb drop from the handicapper tonight which now puts him down to his last winning mark, so if he can get to grips with the surface, at 8.515/2 he isn't a bad each-way selection providing at least eight of the nine currently declared make it to the start.
2019 Overall: +1.00pts
This week so far...
Staked: 8 pts
Returned: 14 pts
2018 P&L +82.29pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts