Bets Of The Day: Stayer Atalan to follow in family footsteps
Sandown's Wednesday evening card looks the best fixture of the day, and Alan Dudman is looking to grab a couple of winners at the Esher venue...
"Starts are often critical for races, and I love a front-runner at the track. Touch The Sky has pressed on before, but Atalan likes to dictate the tempo. And he did so when seeing off his rivals at Nottingham earlier in the season."
19:05 Sandown - Big name equals big performance?
There's one horse that really takes the eye on pedigree on the night, and I'm hoping Leader's Legacy will have the grand physique that the name befits in the 19:05 maiden over 7f. He makes his debut at Sandown and he can be backed at 5/1.
It's a gimme as a son of War Front that he holds an eye-watering sales price from Keeneland, and I admit I prefer backing War Fronts at two rather than three years of age. And hopefully we'll have lightning fast ground too; following a baking couple of days in the capital (baking according to my burnt forehead).
Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor is operating at 39% with his two-year-olds this season, with a very healthy 9-23 record. Delving deeper, bin Suroor has sent out six to win on their debut run in 2016 - and his yard's youngsters are often more clued up than the operation's other handler Charlie Appleby's.
Punts were tough on the card to be honest, which is why I am happy taking 5/1 on this newcomer.
20:05 Sandown - There's value to be had with Morrison
The 1m6f handicap at the Esher track looks the most interesting older horse race on the night. I enjoy these staying contests, and I am hoping Hughie Morrison's Atalan can take the honours at a decent price at around [8.0].
The four-year-old's half-brother Vent De Force was a handy horse around this venue, and he landed the Group 3 Henry II Stakes over 2m last year, in one of two victories at Sandown.
Atalan didn't run particularly well recently at Newmarket, but the turf was softer than ideal, and jockey Jim Crowley has remarked previously he needs good ground. He is rated 72 at the moment, but he could be a chunk better than that.
Starts are often critical for races, and I love a front-runner at the track. Touch The Sky has pressed on before, but Atalan likes to dictate the tempo. And he did so when seeing off his rivals at Nottingham earlier in the season. He looks an out-and-out galloper, and should enjoy the course (just like his sibling).
Morrison's horses are in fine form - with five winners for the yard in 13 days.
Wednesday's Recommended Bets (one point each)
Back Leader's Legacy @ 5/1 Sportsbook price in the 19:05 at Sandown
Back Atalan @ [8.0] in the 20:05 at Sandown
Weekly P/L: -1.80
Previous week: -7.80
2015 P/L: +20.14