Alan Thompson returns to the hot seat for the next seven days and has selections at Wolverhampton and Haydock to get the week started...
"Call Me Crocket was the subject of a decent gamble last time out suggesting that connections thought he was well in, today he runs of the same mark in a weaker event"
Iain Jardine's three-year-old gelding looks a live contender in this, a gelding out of Intense Focus, he was running on strongly last time out at this track when finishing second to Mary Le Bow. The booking of Adam Kirby and stepping up in trip look positive.
Call Me Crockett was the subject of a decent gamble last time out suggesting that connections thought he was well in, today he runs of the same mark in a weaker event, it will be interesting to see if the market support comes again. The current market favourite and one we have to beat is Tangramm who won very comfortably here last time out over slightly shorter distance earlier in the month.
Tangramm is a lightly raced gelding and makes his handicap debut here, he could easily be better than these but that was a very weak race he won last time out and at the prices I would rather take a chance on Call Me Crockett.
Vintage Clouds runs in the famous colours of the three time Grand National winner Trevor Hemmings, the lightly raced five-year-old grey is a half brother to useful staying chaser Vintage Star, and will improve on his second last time out after a break of 253 days off the course.
Sue Smith looks to have found the ideal race for the novice and he should get conditions to suit, soft ground looks a necessity for the gelding with such a high knee action, I expect him to have too much in this company and record his first win over hurdles on his way to bigger and better things in the future.
Alan Thompson 2015 P&L
Carried Forward +11.68 pts
Staked: 2 pts (including today's bet)
Returned: 0 Pts
Overall Profit/Loss: +9.68 pts