Alan has a selection from Newmarket on the first day of the Cambridgshire meeting and an interesting runner at Chelmsford on his final day in the chair...
"She is rated 19lbs below the market leader so clearly has it all to do but unbeaten over two runs at the distance and is still open to plenty more improvement."
Gale Force won for me at Goodwood last time I did this column and I am not about to desert the James Fanshaw filly yet. The obvious one to beat in the race is John Gosden's Flying Officer who is likely to be a well backed favourite, to follow up his easy win at Salisbury. However, the mount of Frankie Detori didn't have a lot to beat that day and the lightly raced gelding clearly hasn't been easy to train.
Gale Force had conditions to suit when she won The Royal Sussex Regiment Stakes over two miles at Goodwood last time out and any more rain to fall at headquarters wouldn't hurt, her family seem to love soft ground and she gets every yard of two miles. She is rated 19lbs below the market leader so clearly has it all to do but unbeaten over two runs at the distance and is still open to plenty more improvement. At the prices available I would rather take a chance on Gale Force each way.
18:45 Chelmsford - Hot Mustard @ 3.711/4 Exchange
Since Hot Mustard moved from Michael Bell to William Muir he has had seven starts, finishing first or second in the last six. As a result of these consistent performances on turf he has risen up the rating from 56 to his mark today of 74. However on the AW he runs off 70, meaning he is 4lb lower than when a nose second on the turf at Sandown last time.
The slight concern is that he has yet to win on the AW after five attempts. His best AW run though was on his last visit to this track, where he was only narrowly beaten half a length by Baileys En Premier. If he can reproduce his turf form on this track then he has to take all the beating here.
Alan Thompson 2015 P&L
Carried Forward: +6.85pts
Staked: 15pts (including today's selections)
Overall Profit/ Loss: -2.35pts