A winning 1.251/4 lay from yesterday, albeit an undeserved one following a disqualification. Alan Dudman hopes for a more straightforward afternoon with Fairy Theatre at Ayr and a promising young chaser at Bangor on Wednesday...
"This horse is a decent jumper who loves soft ground and stays three miles. There's still plenty more improvement in him and he should be able to pick up a decent pot this term - hopefully starting at Bangor."
13:20 Ayr - Fairy can play leading role
Personally I am delighted that Fairy Theatre gets to run whilst 'under my watch', as I was really impressed with her debut effort over hurdles last month, and she was one I had noted down to back next time out.
Although completely unfancied that day (sent off a BSP of 42), she travelled like a decent horse, in particular over the far side at Hexham when she started to make her move. She finished second, and the front three were 22 lengths clear, plus Fairy Theatre was beaten by Oscar Blue - who subsequently scored at Kelso over 2m6f. Therefore she was beaten by a strong stayer, and she was a little keen in the race.
Her trainer Iain Jardine is in form, and the four-year-old is a full sister to Willie Mullins' Grade 1 winning bumper horse Bellshill.
But ultimately it was the stylish progress she made 28 days ago that makes her a bet here, and she is sure to trade shorter In-Play.
Firstly what a decent race to look forward to on Wednesday at Bangor-On-Dee; a £25,000 staying event with a fine collection of runners to work through.
Initially Portrait King took my eye - especially at 20/1 on the Sportsbook. He's a smashing stayer who landed the Eider in 2012. Stamina in soft ground is his metier, and he also was going well in last term's Grand National; before tipping up three out. I almost made him a bet, but there has to be concern backing him first time out.
But there's a youngster in this field I'm a fan of - second season chaser Algernon Pazham.
Nigel Twiston-Davies' six-year-old performed well in several staying races last term. His final effort in the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown was quite a tough ask - but he ran a fine race for a long way before his stamina gave way.
This horse is a decent jumper who loves soft ground and stays three miles. There's still plenty more improvement in him and he should be able to pick up a decent pot this term - hopefully starting at Bangor.
Wednesday's Recommended Bets
Back Fairy Theatre @ 6.05/1 in the 13:20 at Ayr
Back Algernon Pazham @ 7/1 Sportsbook in the 14:00 at Bangor
Profit and loss since column launch (one point each bet excluding advised in-running trades)
Last week total: + 5.50
This week total: + 5.90
Running total: +28.35