Alan has two more selections today to try and get back to winning ways, and they run at Musselburgh and Nottingham...
"A dual winner at this track and is lightly raced since a course and distance victory off 4lbs higher in January 2015."
Local trainer Alistair Whillans runs Fly Vinnie for the first time after making the short trip from Sandy Thomson's yard. The last time we seen the eight-year-old he was being pulled up at Hexham but that was in May. He is a dual winner at this track and is lightly raced since a course and distance victory off 4lbs higher in January 2015. I am expecting a good performance for his new trainer today, he goes well fresh and has Steven Fox claiming 5lbs, so a big run could be on the agenda.
Another course and distance winner in the field is the current favourite Buckled who arrives here on the back of a victory at Kelso last month, ironically trained by Sandy Thomson. I think he has more to do here as I thought that was a weak event he won at Kelso and he has an extra 5lbs to carry around today running off a career high of 112 so he could find it tough to follow that win up.
The feature race of the day at Nottingham on Wednesday is a Class 2 five furlong handicap and I like the look of the Keith Dalgleish trained Clem Fandango. The three-year-old filly has put in some great efforts already at listed level, the last twice and was only beaten less than a length when sent off 3.259/4 favourite at Musselburgh last time out.
She makes her handicap debut here off a mark of 99 which doesn't seem to harsh as at the back end of last year she was looking like group company wasn't out of the question. While she hasn't fulfilled that promise yet, she should be more than capable of taking a contest like this.
2017 Overall (prior to this week): +29.15 pts
This week so far...
Staked: 10 pts
Returned: 9.3 pts