Both Alan's selections finished second yesterday, with his best bet of the day trading at a frustrating 1.132/15 in-play. Will he enjoy better luck with his two selections at Catterick and Newbury today?
"He will have learned from his debut run and will be better today"
Sky Cross attracted market support last time out
The favourite and one to beat in this two year old novice stakes is Simon Crisford's Al Mortajaz, he has improved with each start and his second last time out is looking pretty solid but he is plenty short enough for an event like this and there is another in the field that makes more appeal. There are plenty in here that will come on for their early racecourse experiences but as there isn't much in the way of from to go on, the market is very often worth watching. The only ones who really know what their runners are capable of at this stage are the connections and those in the know.
Mark Johnston's charge Sky Cross may well have finished last in his maiden and only start, but it was interesting to note that he was well supported in that race - from an opening show of 7.06/1 in to 4.57/2 at the off. For an unraced juvenile that market move suggests that their may be something about him at home and "someone" certainly had confidence in his ability. His backers certainly didn't get rewarded on his debut, finishing last, but he will have learned from that experience and will be better today.
He is quoted at 3/1 on the Sportsbook, which on the face of it seems a bit short for a horse that finished last on his only run. But I am happy to take that price and it will be interesting to see how this market forms, he is bred to be a classy performer (a son of Cape Cross) so I think he is worth taking a chance with to get off the mark in this relatively weak race.
Glorious Army will appreciate the extra two furlongs today
Glorious Army cost 60,000gns as a yearling and is yet to get his head in front after six starts. But he put in his best performance to date last time out at Windsor, where he was a good second in a competitive one mile handicap just a couple of weeks ago and gets in here off the same mark. Ed Walker's charge is a consistent sort and looks looks sure to appreciate the step up in trip on offer today.
Another one that finished second last time out is Godolphin's Returning Glory who posted a career best Racing Post rating when running second in a handicap over this trip at Windsor last month. He received a 2lb rise in the weights for that effort and while he has to be respected, I just think over today's trip off the same mark, Glorious Army is the one to be on.
2018 Overall (prior to this week): +82.88 pts
This week so far...
Staked: 8 pts
Returned: 6 pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts