Alan's bet of the day yesterday finished second by a neck, to a horse that was sent off at a BSP of 51.99. Today Alan has two selections, both of which are looking to make it back-to-back wins at Newcastle and Brighton...
"Tackled 10 furlongs for the first time in his run at Windsor and he was much improved for the step up in trip, travelling sweetly in behind the leaders before being switched to challenge three furlongs out where he won going away."
Roger Varian's lightly raced four-year-old Shargiah continued on an upward curve when taking his career record to two wins from five starts with an relatively easy victory in a 10 furlong handicap at Windsor last time out. He won his maiden at Ripon last summer over a mile but tackled 10 furlongs for the first time in his run at Windsor and he was much improved for the step up in trip, travelling sweetly in behind the leaders before being switched to challenge three furlongs out where he won going away at the end.
This looks a great opportunity for the Varian yard to make it back-to-back wins today after he was only raised 3lb for that Windsor victory. That could be seen as lenient as he's very much unexposed at this trip and the return to the all weather is unlikely to be an issue. Andrea Atzeni takes the ride and he looks like he will be tough to beat.
It was Buzz Lightyere's first run for Philip Hide after leaving Michael Attwater, and his first run for 195 days, but the change of scenery seems to have done him no harm as he produced a career best performance to win a 13 runner handicap at this course three weeks ago. He received a 3lb hike in the weights for his efforts but that looks more than fair, especially against these low class opposition.
The two that could give him the most to do are Fairy Mist and With Approval. Fairy Mist chased Buzz Lightyere home last time out and while he looks to be on a fair mark to reverse that form, he's raced 85 times, is 10-years-old and you would think has to be vulnerable to some of the more unexposed types in this event. With Approval, is off a mark of 58, which makes him a danger given he's won off a 7lb higher mark and Pat Cosgrave remains on board which looks positive given he's ridden him to success before. But, I think Buzz Lightyere will improve again on that last performance and that should be good enough to see these off.
2017 Overall (prior to this week): -5.11 pts
This week so far...
Staked: 6 pts
Returned: 0 pts