Alan had an 11/2 second yesterday but that was as close as he got to a winner, today's best bet runs in the lucky last at Epsom and he has another selection in the opener at Catterick...
"The Johnston yard are in good form, two seconds and a winner from four runners yesterday, and this looks like another good chance for the team heading back up north to Middleham with a winner. At 5.04/1 on the exchange, I think he is worth taking a chance with."
16:50 Epsom - Byres Road @ 5.04/1 Exchange
Mark Johnston runs Byres Road in the final race at Epsom with Silvestre De Sousa on board for the first time. The drop in class and the addition of De Sousa in the saddle are both positives in my opinion, as Byres Road bids to win for the first time in handicap company.
The three-year-old colt ran well in a class three handicap at Ripon on soft ground just five days ago, finishing second at 16/1, beaten less than a length by Dolphin Vista and he gets to run again here off the same mark (80) before the handicapper can catch up with him. In his penultimate start he was disappointing finishing last of five, but there were at least a couple of reasons for that poor effort. He had been off the track for 66 days prior to that race and it was over one mile two furlongs, today he is back to a mile.
The Johnston yard are in good form, two seconds and a winner from four runners yesterday, and this looks like another good chance for the team heading back up north to Middleham with a winner. At 5.04/1 on the exchange, I think he is worth taking a chance with.
I will be very interested to see how Keith Dalgleish's runner goes in the opener at Catterick. His three-year-old filly Lady Wootton ran in a class two handicap as a juvenile just two starts ago, off a mark of 71 (running from 4lb out the handicap). She finished seventh of 18 runners that day, eight lengths behind the winner, before returning to the track to finish third on her last start in a class five event over six furlongs off a mark of 65.
Today she is dropped again in class (class six), runs over the minimum five furlongs, which is what should suit her best on breeding, the Racing Post also says "her dam was a big improver as a three-year-old" and she runs today in this event off a mark of 62. It's a very strange form line but Lady Wootton today is effectively running off 9lb's less than when she ran in that class two handicap. Everything seems to be in place for her to break her maiden tag at the seventh time of asking and at 7/2 I am prepared to see if she can do it.
Back Byres Road @ 5.04/1 Exchange - 16:50 Epsom
Back Lady Wootton @ 7/2 Sportsbook - 13:50 Catterick
Alan Thompson 2016 P&L
Carried Forward +21.50 pts
Staked: 12 pts (including today's bet)
Returned: 12 pts
Overall Profit/Loss: +21.50 pts