Yesterday Alan's each-way selection, Nine Below Zero, was only beaten into second by half a length at 11/1, today he hopes to go one place better with his two selections from Southwell and Bangor-on-Dee...
"Back over hurdles today off the same mark and in conditions that will suit."
Sword Of Fate may well have the burden of top weight in this handicap hurdle but I fancy him to be good enough to follow up his win over fences here last month. He was a winer in three of his first four starts, all over hurdles, winning off a mark 3lbs higher than he is rated today but then seemed to lose his way for a while. While it isn't easy to assess the form of his last start as it was only been a two runner chase but Copper West, the only horse he beat, is a decent type having been sent of favourite in each of its last three starts.
According to the market the one he has to beat is Symphony Of Angels from the Dan Skelton yard. He was a dual winner in novice company last season (including here) but he found things far more difficult when taking in a handicap last time. He is a worthy favourite but back over hurdles today off the same mark and in conditions that will suit Sword Of Fate, it looks like this could be a good opportunity to make it back-to-back wins.
The final race of the day at Bangor on Tuesday is a Class 4 Handicap Hurdle, with 13 heading to post. The one I like, despite being a five runner maiden is Jonjo O'Neill's unexposed five-year-old Frozen Flame. He has been progressively improving and I don't think he is too harshly treated off a mark of 111, and he was a running on third on his latest start at Southwell.
He has looked a much better horse on his last two starts, where he has been stepped up in trip and should have plenty more to offer with the tongue tie on for the first time.
2018 Overall (prior to this week): +10.75 pts
This week so far...
Staked: 8 pts
Returned: 8.2 pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts