Alan Thompson is looking to get his week off to a good start with two selections from Windsor and Pontefract...
"He showed a smart turn of foot and is entitled to take a big step forward in terms of fitness"
You can expect more from Viaduct today
On his seasonal debut after being gelded, Martyn Meade's Viaduct stepped up to a mile in handicap company for the first time and put in a career best effort.
He won convincingly with a dominant display at Bath and that success was even more impressive when you consider that the low-mileage three-year-old had been on the sidelines for 284 days. He showed a smart turn of foot that day and is entitled to take a big step forward in terms of fitness. Despite the handicapper rising him 7lbs for that success, I think he looks set to go well again today and with Oisin Murphy retaining the ride, I think he is capable of making it back-to-back wins.
It's a competitive heat and Sacre Bleu will be close again after finishing second on his last two starts but the other one I like to fill a place in the race is Barossa Red. You can make excuses for his latest run, when he was having his first start for Daniel and Claire Kubler and he should be suited by the soft/heavy ground he will encounter today.
The Rosstafarian is stepping up in class but he can handle it
Another impressive winner last time out was The Rosstafarian , Hugo Palmer's colt won by four and a half lengths on his racecourse debut at Salisbury earlier this month and looks to have a bright future ahead of him. This is a big step up for two-year-old but the style he won last time makes him look like he has the ability to take this huge step forward. The Palmer string are in excellent form and with James Doyle retaining the partnership, he deserves to take his chance in this.
Mark Johnston's colt Naamoos is an obvious danger, he made light work of his rivals over seven and a half furlongs at Beverley last time out where he won by a staggering 17 lengths. However, that was a Class 5 novice event where he was sent off at the prohibitive odds of 4/11, he is in much deeper water here and it will be interesting to see if he can step up or not. Perhaps a bigger threat is George Boughey's filly Mystery Angel, who is dropping back to a mile after finishing third over a mile and a quarter in Group 3 company last time.
2020 (prior to this week) : -3.06 pts
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2020 P&L -3.06 pts
2019 P&L +0.31 pts
2018 P&L +82.29 pts
2017 P&L +53.30 pts
2016 P&L +15.23 pts