Alan Thompson starts his week with selections from Wolverhampton and Newton Abbott...
"Tenzing Norgay gets the nod here after running a creditable second last time out over this track and trip"
Sir Mark Prescott's charge Tenzing Norgay gets the nod here after running a creditable second last time out over this track and trip. The grey colt named after the famous mountaineer who reached the summit of Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hilary gets in here tonight off the same mark as that last run (60) and is due to go up 2lbs in future races.
It's fair to say that most of Prescott's best bets are found on the turf but he does well with his Nursery runners and has plenty of runners at Wolverhampton, having produced seven winners from his 31 runners at the track this year.
This looks a pretty weak field and the only notable contenders that would be a concern are Mick Easterby's Ingleby Erin running in her handicap debut and Kevin Ryan's New Hope who is dropped 5lbs for finishing a distant 9th last time out at Beverley. But, neither of these should be capable of stopping Tenzig Norgay getting his first win.
16:35 Newton Abbott - Jayandbee @ 5.59/2 Exchange
Since falling at Plumpton in September 2013 this consistent eight year old gelding has been placed in every race apart from his last start where he was last of seven but could be excused after coming back from a 16 month break. The Philip Hobbs trained horse was last of seven on that latest run after going off the 5/2 favourite for the event, but I think he is worth giving another chance here.
The course and distance winner who is a son of Presenting out of a Strong Gale mare is bred to do well over a longer trip and has already won twice over three miles. He was well backed after his lengthy absence last time and I think he will go well here today.
Back Tenzig Nogay @ 13/8 - 20:10 Wolverhampton (Sportsbook)
Back Jayandbee @ 5.59/2 - 16:35 Newton Abbot
Alan Thompson 2015 P&L
Carried Forward: -2.35pts
Staked: 2pts (Including today's bets)
Returned: 0 pts
Overall Profit/Loss: -4.35pts