Alan Dudman had a second and third from his selections yesterday but he moves onto Thursday with a bumper preview of four races across Yarmouth and Ayr...
"His form stacks up well and he has been competing in stronger races than today's."
Guest can be a player back at his favourite venue
14:40 Yarmouth - Back Protected Guest @ [9.0]
This season hasn't quite worked out for George Margarson's Protected Guest, but a return to Yarmouth makes him the bet at a healthy price of [9.0].
His record at the track reads 2111310, and one of those runner-up efforts really ought to have been a victory as he travelled all over the field in a race last term when denied in second.
He does stay 1m4f and 1m6f, but he has more than enough to speed to cope with today's drop to 1m2f. Indeed, he looked very good when winning over course and distance last August from 89.
Quick ground also suits him and he looks overpriced in a small field.
Woven can show his class with Bentley on board
17:10 Yarmouth - Back Woven @ [5.7]
Godolphin trainer Saeed Bin Suroor has City Walk in this race, and he looks the sort of horse with his unexposed profile that might be a bit overrated taking on some hardened handicappers.
He'll love the quick ground, but he was slapped with a huge rise of 10lb for a win at Bath - and I am not sure that form is good enough against the likes of Woven - who has a good opportunity here to get back to winning ways at odds of [5.7].
Woven is a hold-up horse so he'll be switched off towards the rear of the field with cover, but the booking of Harry Bentley to ride is a plus, as the jockey gave him a lovely spin during the winter in Meydan to win a nice prize; a race in which he travelled very smoothly.
His form stacks up well and he has been competing in stronger races than today's.
Shoot for the Moon with Arch in Ayr feature
15:00 Ayr - Back Arch Moon @ [10.0]
The feature Kilkerran Cup looks the best race to kick off the opening day of the Gold Cup meeting at Ayr, and trainer Michael Dods could be amongst the winners with a pair of live chances.
Arch Moon is one of his horses, and as one of the younger brigade in the field, he can make his mark at a price of [10.0].
He's certainly bred to be a 3yo with his staying pedigree, and he should relish the step up in distance to 1m2f for this handicap.
The selection looked a bit rusty last time at Thirsk, but he did score well at Haydock earlier in the season - a performance which marked him down as a stout stayer, as his stamina really kicked in that day.
With 12 runners, he is a big enough price to back each-way.
Byron is the choice for Dods again
16:30 Ayr - Back Byron's Choice @ [10.0]
The Michael Dods-trained Byron's Choice should benefit from a drop in class, and he looks a player in an open-looking 7f handicap.
He hasn't won for a while (since 2018), but he has got track form and can boast a course-and-distance victory next to his name.
Whilst his 2020 has been a bit frustrating, he has performed well at Beverley twice this summer to remain of interest from his mark of 84. He can certainly win from that rating considering he ran from marks in the low 90s a year ago.
The 5yo is adaptable in terms of going and today's distance is his best trip.
Alan Dudman's P&L
2020 Overall: -12.11
*All bets to a 0.5pt stake unless stated otherwise
2020 Festival Bets Of Day (Ascot & Cheltenham): +17.60 (1pt stake)
2020 Irish Racing Tips: +34.20 (1pt stake)
Back Protected Guest @ [9.0] in the 14:40 at Yarmouth
Back Woven @ [5.7] in the 17:10 at Yarmouth
Back Arch Moon @ [10.0] in the 15:00 at Ayr
Back Byron's Choice @ [10.0] in the 16:30 at Ayr