Alan Dudman is looking towards trainers Clive Cox and Chris Wall on Wednesday - with two selections at Salisbury and Kempton......
"She hinted at ability in a Chester maiden last term, and gave the impression this sort of trip should be ideal. Her pedigree backs that up too; as she is related to Blue Bajan and Black Or Red - and both scored on the all-weather."
15:20 Salisbury - Staunch worth a go at tempting odds
A horse that once cost a million dollars scored in this race in 2008. He went by the name of Stalking Shadow, and his career never really amounted to much afterwards. But I am hoping today's selection at Salisbury can use the Pembroke Cup to go on to bigger and better things.
Staunch is the pick for this four-runner field, but he ran like a million lira when last seen disappointing at Newmarket, and he does have a question mark over him. That was his handicap debut at HQ, and he was all over the place in the final stages. It was a tactical affair, but he rolled around when he met the rising turf, and folded somewhat tamely.
Trainer Clive Cox will fit him with cheekpieces today, and that's a good move. Watching the replay of his maiden success previously at Nottingham, he looked very green and inexperienced before picking up strongly. He did beat Perigee - who is fairly soft in a finish, but I liked the way he ran to the line.
There's a chance that the Cheveley Park-owned runner could be a slow learner and he's been immature. With headgear on and Adam Kirby riding, we can hope for better.
The hot favourite here is Takatul at 8/11, and he looked good in winning at Yarmouth. But with only the quartet lining up here, I am surprised Staunch has basically been written off after one poor run.
21:10 Kempton - Enchanted Moment's time has come
I worked my way through the whole field for this 1m4f handicap, and absolutely nothing appealed as a bet other than Chris Wall's Enchanted Moment. The fact she's unexposed against a real motley bunch here, makes her worth a go at 11/1.
The lightly-raced four-year-old hasn't done an awful lot in two handicap starts, and she was very disappointing racing over 1m6f in soft ground at Nottingham on her latest outing (with first-time cheekpieces). Her previous run was a non-starter, as she veered to her right leaving the stalls at Wolverhampton - so we cannot really judge her on that.
She hinted at ability in a Chester maiden last term, and gave the impression this sort of trip should be ideal. Her pedigree backs that up too; as she is related to Blue Bajan and Black Or Red - and both scored on the all-weather. The former was a cracking horse who I went to watch in the Lingfield Winter Derby nearly nine years ago.
So with hope she can be better on the polytrack, dropping in grade and armed with her lowest mark of 60, I expect an improvement.
Added to the fact her trainer is now in better form than earlier in the season, her price appeals. It's likely Mr Lando will make the running, and he could be an in-play trade from around 6.05/1 to 3.90 to lock in a profit, but if Enchanted Moment has any sort of ability, there's an opportunity to win in a bad race here.
Wednesday's Recommended Bets (both half point)
Back Staunch @ 5/1 in the 15:20 at Salisbury
Back Enchanted Moment @ 12.011/1 in the 21:10 at Kempton
Weekly P/L: +3.80
Previous week: -4.80
2015 P/L: +20.14