Amelia won't miss for her Hexham adventure
Back Miss Amelia @ 5/2 in the 13:55 at Hexham
Sea Silk Road was very impressive yesterday for the column, and a tidy price at 8/1. Sadly John Gosden had a 1-2, but the other way around for me with Wonderful Times in second. The umpteen 1-2 for me in the last four weeks, to again, narrowly miss out on the multiple by a length.
Two bets for the double today at Hexham, which still rates as one of my favourite punting tracks. After Chester this week, I am not sure I'll ever delve into the tricky world of the Roodeye - so let's keep it simple today. And away from all the quality Flat action on a busy day, hopefully the Scottish prince will go undetected and we should get a price.
Mark Walford's Miss Amelia had so much in hand at Carlisle last time over 17f, I am backing her to follow up with success over the 2m. She is down slightly in distance, which is always a plus.
She is ever so tough and had a great season last term with a bolting up job at Catterick and she ran well at some of the top tracks including Cheltenham and Aintree. Indeed, she's been competing at 0-130 level, so this in theory looks a lot easier down in 0-120 grade.
Her win last time out was very comfortable under young Tom Midgley with a patient ride from a 6lb lower mark, but she travelled well and was fitter for her previous outing where she shaped well at Wetherby after a break.
Ground-wise she is pretty versatile and she looks a big contender.
Lucinda's Scottish secret out at Hexham
Back Prince Dundee @ 17/2 in the 16:50 Hexham
Long distance races at Hexham always appeal to me, as the the 3m in the north east is such a searching test that I can hopefully narrow it down to a couple.
Real Armani is a CD winner, and he was close to making it as a bet, while Hidden Cargo also has track and trip form, but he hardly ever wins. Therefore Prince Dundee has a chance to win the race in which he scored in 12 months ago.
Lucinda Russell's chaser is a thorough stayer and acts in the mud and on decent ground so that's one less factor to worry about. His victory a year ago in the race was a proper brutal test in soft conditions, and a case of last one standing was just what he liked as he ground out the victory.
That came from a mark of 100 and he is 5lb higher, but he's a better horse at Hexham and saves his best for the track.
He was unlucky to be brought down in December at Kelso and raced in a stronger grade last time out over 4m. He's had a nice 51-day break to get over those exertions, and with a fair bit of pace expected for this (and he himself can go from the front), it should draw out his staying power.
May single bet winners
Sea Silk Road 8/1 Won
Brotherly Company 17/2 Won
April single bet winners
Coroebus 5/1 Won
Viadelamore 6/1 Won and Placed
Hi Ho Silver 9/1 Placed
Emily Dickinson 11/8 Won
Moonlit Warrior 11/4 Won
Murbih 9/1 Placed
Wanees 5/1 Won
They Don't Know 15/2 Placed
Bay Breeze 8/1 Won
Tranquil Night 7/2 Won
Destiny Is All 15/8 Won R4
Hammersmith 7/2 Placed
Entropy 11/1 Placed
Star Of Lady M 17/2 Won
Boardman 20/1 Placed
Drombeg Banner 6/1 Won
Magic Haze Placed 9/2