Alan Dudman enjoyed a very successful Friday with both of his advised selections winning at 4/1 and 8/1 at Redcar and Newcastle. He heads to Ascot on Champions Day hoping to keep the run going...
"The ground is a worry with the rain, but his trainer Richard Hannon stated it was pretty soft at York last time, and he does have the big stride that could be potent."
14:40 Ascot - Gosden holds strong claims with Coronet
I managed to find Coronet who produced a good turn for the column for Royal Ascot at 15/2, and I'm going back to John Gosden's grey filly again to win the Group 1 Filles & Mares on Champions Day.
Gosden has a strong hand here with Journey - who thrives in the autumn, and won the race last year. She was also second in 2015 and you can back her at 3/1.
However, I get the feeling Coronet is improving this term and she rates a bet at 13/2 on the Sportsbook. She's had a superb season.
I liked her run in the St Leger, and she travelled very well until getting outpointed. Gosden said she didn't stay that trip against the boys at Doncaster, so it's the smart move to come for the race over her ideal distance of 1m4f today.
Indeed, the Clarehaven trainer has said she used to race cold, but she's now alert and jumping out early, and there's nothing wrong with her five length defeat to the modern day marvel Enable at York.
She has winning form at Ascot following her Ribblesdale victory, and the stiff finish suits her strong kick.
15:50 Ascot - Doyle to get it right on Roy
Small margins decide these top-level races, and that was the case for Barney Roy and the much-criticised tactic of getting embroiled in the speed duel with Churchill at York last time out - that set up the race beautifully for Ulysses to win. It's hard to knock the bare facts of the form behind such a quality horse, but jockey James Doyle has a chance to make amends this afternoon.
He is my bet in the Champion Stakes at 5/1. He has top form at the trip, and the three-year-old is as brave as they come.
The ground is a worry with the rain, but his trainer Richard Hannon stated it was pretty soft at York last time, and he does have the big stride that could be potent. We have to remain open-minded about the surface.
He won at the track earlier in the season in the St James's Palace, and despite the hard race there, he followed that up with a tremendous tussle against his nemesis Ulysses at Sandown.
Hannon said he was a big baby in the Eclipse, so that was some run for a horse still maturing. I hope he handles the ground.
Alan's Bets of the Day - P/L
This week so far: +6.00pts
Previous week: +0.27pts