Alan is off to one of his favourite venues Sedgefield on Wednesday and is backing a pair of chasers, while Italy are fancied to beat Spain in the Nations League...
"Little time has been spent over hurdles with just a couple of runs in novice company both at Catterick and he is set to make his handicap debut over fences from 113 and there's enough ability there to make that work look workable."
Turbo the one to catch
A couple of disappointments at Kempton yesterday can hopefully be rectified, although Blueberry Hill shaped well enough, Going Gone lived up to his name and he ran well below market expectations.
Sedgefield is the port of call for Wednesday and Irish raider Turbo is the one, and hopefully will be the opposite of Going Gone.
Turbo has been a bit patchy throughout his career but ran a fine second to Kilbeggan specialist Presenting Bonnie in August, with a good time clocked. That month he also won at Tramore over perhaps his ideal trip of 2m5f - given a lovely waiting ride from the back and travelled kindly throughout. He looked ahead of his hurdling mark that day, well ahead.
The drop down to 2m1f caught him out last time and he never landed in a blow. Headgear is retained and should go well from top weight back over fences.
Cooper can cross the line in front
Stuart and Sam Coltherd can round off the day with a win with Cooper's Cross - who makes his chase debut in the final race on the card.
Little time has been spent over hurdles with just a couple of runs in novice company both at Catterick and he is set to make his handicap debut over fences from 113 - there's enough ability there to make that work look workable.
His best effort over hurdles was on debut in November, and looked all over the winner making a huge move in between the final two flights. He has been racing over 2m4f, and despite having a Velka Pardubicka winner in his pedigree, I am not totally convinced he stays and dropping back to 2m1f could be ideal.
He has been matched at 1.121/8 in defeat in a light career, but he's unexposed and the trainer has sent out four winners over fences from his 17 runners since April. A small sample size, but encouraging.
Daily Multi-Sports Double
Timeform says: "Natchez Trace bounced back to form after six weeks off when second over this course and distance last time, running on well to be beaten just a short head. He pulled over three lengths clear of the rest and there is little doubt he is up to winning races from this mark. He isn't the easiest of rides but could be worth the benefit of the doubt in a wide-open contest."
Mark O'Haire says: "Italy have scored in each of their last 18 internationals, firing a solitary blank in 25 outings. With the Azzurri offering plenty of threat on the counter-attack, Roberto Mancini's also engineered a ferocious pressing game from his side. Home advantage should tip the balance in Italy's favour."
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