Alan Dudman takes over for his seven days in the tipping chair, and he begins with two bets for a superb Sandown card on Friday...
"The son of Shamardal holds Dante and Derby entries, and has a really nice 1m2f -1m4f pedigree (as he should for 100k). His win at Haydock came on good to soft when upped a furlong, and I think the extra yardage of 1m2f today will really play to his strengths."
The card at the Esher venue on Friday holds something for everyone - with a sprinkling of handicaps, Group races and maidens on the afternoon. A truly excellent day of racing.
The 15:30 looks a wide-open 0-100 sprint, and Mark Johnston's Riflescope could have as strong a chance as any rival judged on his juvenile form - and he rates a bet at around [10.50].
Like many from the Middleham yard, he wasn't allowed to rest last term - and in a busy campaign between April to September 2015 - he landed a couple of races from eight outings. One of those victories came over CD when securing the Listed Dragon Stakes - and he really showed his liking for the stiff 5f. He also performed well at Royal Ascot - finishing fourth in the Norfolk Stakes with a real charge late on.
Riflescope is drawn well in three, although Sign Of The Kodiac is the quicker horse out of the gate, and he is berthed on the inside in one. Despite possessing a bit of pace, the selection is better suited to stiff tracks, and could be the one to finish the strongest from a mark of 99.
This could be a cracking three-year-old handicap, and like the sprint, it looks a very open race, with the Sportsbook market going 9/2 the field late on Thursday evening.
With a host of 'potential' horses and nice ones for the future, this could throw up a really nice prospect - and hopefully David Lanigan's Gershwin will be the winner from a mark of 83. He could be a lot better than that, granted the improvement to come for the step up in trip.
He showed steady progress in three juvenile outings last season; running well in a decent Newmarket race on his second start, before landing his maiden at Haydock (1m) at the tail-end of 2015.
The son of Shamardal holds Dante and Derby entries, and has a really nice 1m2f -1m4f pedigree (as he should for 100k). His win at Haydock came on good to soft when upped a furlong, and I think the extra yardage of 1m2f today will really play to his strengths.
Friday's Recommended Bets (both half point)
Alan Dudman's profit and loss
This Week: 0.00
Previous Week: -2.50
2016 P/L: +19.96
2015 P/L: +20.14