No winners for Alan yesterday from his two selections. However, he is looking to finish a good week back in the winners enclosure with two from Taunton...
"He always seems to raise his game at Taunton, he has run here 11 times in his career and either won or been placed in six of them, including winning this race last year."
It's the opening day of the Hennessy meeting at Newbury where there are some cracking races to look forward too. However, I have found a couple of races at Taunton that I would prefer to play...
A couple of seasons ago Ballyegan was very consistent, picking up his first win at Towcester and finishing placed on three other runs but last season saw him have a few jumping issues and then he picked up a virus.
Reports from the Bob Buckler yard are that everything is now back in order and they are looking forward to another good campaign with the 10-year-old, now that he is back off decent handicap mark. His last win was in March this year off a mark of 88, that's the same mark he runs off today.
He always seems to raise his game at Taunton, he has run here 11 times in his career and either won or been placed in six of them, including winning this race last year. Winning here four times last season alone and on his last four visits to the track where he encountered the same ground conditions as today, he won three and finished second in the other.
Last time out he was disappointing, finishing fourth at Exeter but that was his first run after a break of 188 days. That run won't have done him any harm and providing he is back in order, I think he could be difficult to beat today.
Neil Mulholland runs Proofreader in this contest and while he is still looking for his first win for the yard, he has won before on the flat. A useful performer on the flat running eventually off a mark of 91, initially he was with John Gosden before moving to his current home with Mulholland.
His move to hurdles in May this year has seen him run very keenly on all three starts, he has though been placed in two and as a result has been handed a rating of 110 off the handicapper.
Running today for the first time in handicap company may actually suit the six-year-old gelding, where they tend to go that little bit quicker and it should help him settle, not burning that extra energy might just be enough to see him improve on those place efforts.
No doubt this is a competitive 17 runner handicap but at 6/1 and four places up for grabs, I will be having an each way bet on Proofreader.
Alan Thompson 2015 P&L
Carried Forward +11.68 pts
Staked: 14 pts (including today's bet)
Overall Profit/Loss: +27.43 pts