Alan got his best bet home at Newmarket yesterday and was right to oppose the favourite at Uttoxeter, just with the wrong horse. Today's selections come from Newmarket and Ayr....
"An imposing, typical Johnston horse who should continue to improve and holds an entry in next years Irish 1,000 Guineas."
Running off a mark of 105 Mark Johnston's filly Fireglow looks the class act in this listed race over a mile. Already a proven winner in this class and has been placed in group three company since. She run over a mile for the first time at Deauville last time out where she finished three and a half lengths behind the winner in fourth. She is an imposing, typical Johnston horse who should continue to improve and holds an entry in next years Irish 1,000 Guineas.
It looks like only Haggle and Dubai Fashion that could cause her any problems. The former was a course and distance winner here on her last start and is sure to improve on that performance and the later looked decent when winning her maiden at Wolverhampton. While both contenders are full of promise, Fireglow has the form in the book and at 5/2 I am prepared to back her to show her class.
16:00 Ayr - Glingerburn [3.75] Exchange
Nicky Richards runs Glingerburn at Ayr today before he takes his place in his early season target the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle. So its obvious that Nicky is expecting a lot from the horse. He won four hurdle races in a row last season, starting with a novice hurdle at Doncaster, before returning to win under a penalty, he then won at Kelso before progressing again to win a Grade 2 event at the same track.
He's the highest rated horse in the field off 149 and will have to give weight to all his rivals but if this horse is truly a Fighting Fifth contender then the seven-year-old should be able to get the better of these.
Back Fireglow 5/2 Sportsbook - 14:05 Newmarket
Back Glingerburn [3.75] Exchange - 16:00 Ayr
Alan Thompson P&L 2015
Carried Forward: +10.98 pts
Staked: 4 pts (including today's bet)
Returned: 3 pts
Overall Profit/Loss: +9.98 pts