Bets of the Day: Take the Ravenhill Road route to riches
Alan Thompson is back in the tipping chair and has two selections from Ayr and Newbury to get his week off to a winning start...
"This is his first start since having the wind surgery operation"
This is Ravenhill Road's first start after wind surgery
Brian Ellison's eight-year-old Ravenhill Road is yet to get his head in front over fences but this is only his fourth attempt and last time we saw him he was competing in Grade 2 company at Doncaster. He was a bit out of his depth in that race, as the 14/1 price tag suggested, but this is a much more to his liking and with just three previous starts in this sphere he could still have plenty more to come. This is also his first start since having the wind surgery operation so I am sure connections will be looking for an improved performance this afternoon.
Dan Skelton's charge Peppay Le Pugh is as consistent as they come, in all 12 of his completed runs over fences he hasn't finished outside the first three, there is every reason to assume he will go well once again today but while he is of interest I don't think he is good enough to win it in this company. The one I fear the most is the top weight Niven, he was beaten less than a length into second behind the now 155-rated Delta Work at Down Royal in November. Made a winning debut for this yard at Hexham in December, and he has run well in defeat in his two starts since. I have the race between these two, but my preference is for Ravenhill Road.
Kick On should kick on
Another making his first start after a wind operation and an improving type is Clive Cox's charge Kick On Kick On. Making his first start of the season he is looking to achieve what he did in 2018 when he won on his seasonal return. Owners Paul & Clare Rooney's four-year-old colt will have no problem with the going, this is actually his preferred surface and he has an interesting jockey on board in the shape of William Buick. Everything looks to be in place for a big run. He finished his three-year-old career well, going close in two very competitive handicaps and regardless of the outcome today, he could well be worth following this year.
The second favourite is David Evans' runner Gracious John, he won this race last year off a mark 7lbs higher than he is today but he isn't the most consistent of performers. He has had 17 starts since winning this last year and despite some decent all-weather performances, he hasn't managed to get his head back in front. I can't see him getting ahead of Kick On Kick On today.
2019 Overall: +2pts
This week so far...
Staked: 0 pts
Returned: 0 pts
2018 P&L +82.29pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts