IT was almost a perfect day with two winners at 5-1 and 7-2 but the treble was denied by a second place.

AMERICAN GIGOLO (3.10) is an interesting runner in a decidedly moderate 1m 4f maiden at Lingfield.
The six-year-old has joined Harry Fry from Charlie Mann and has shown enough over hurdles to suggest he should be competitive on his first start on the level.
American Gigolo won a novice hurdle at Kempton in May but ran his best race in defeat at Ascot in November when chasing home Dell Oro. He ran off a hurdles mark of 130 that day and I recall Mick Fitzgerald telling ATR viewers that his rule of thumb when assessing horses switching codes is to subtract 45lb from their hurdles rating.
If Mick is correct that puts American Gigolo in here on a mark of around 85 which makes him a serious contender. American Gigolo has had a wind operation and Fry doesn't want to run him on heavy ground.
Odds-on favourite Gakku has an official rating of 78 and receives 8lb from my selection. However, I'm far from convinced Roger Varian's filly is running to that sort of mark. She is racking up some convictions, having been turned over at 1-3, 4-6 and 5-4, and connections will be hoping a first-time visor will do the trick.
Fearsome has left Ralph Beckett for Nick Littmoden and the former Classic-winning trainer saddled a welcome winner here a couple of weeks ago. Fearsome is the each-way alternative if you don't fancy the front two in the market.
BETSALOTTIE (1.25) must be bet at an each-way price in the 1m 2f Betway Handicap. John Bridger's grey was given an excellent ride from 3lb claimer Mitch Godwin over course and distance last week, the young rider taking the bull by the horns and sweeping round the outside to come readily clear.
That slingshot wide move can be a potent tactic at Lingfield and I just hope he isn't tempted to chart a path up the rails from stall two.
Rock Icon looks sure to go off favourite on the strength of a wide-margin Wolverhampton victory on his first start for Jo Hughes. However, Rock Icon finished two places behind Bloodsweatandtears here in December and is worse off at these weights.
Broughtons Story made headway into third spot behind Unit Of Assessment and Berlusca at Wolves. That entitles him to plenty of respect but this is his first visit to Lingfield and stall 10 isn't ideal.
Attain should be the mix but I've given up on him for the time being after doing my dosh a couple of times in similar contests.
CROSSED MY MIND (2.25) carries the JP McManus colours with fair prospects in the 2m 3f handicap hurdle at Ascot.
Arthur Moore sent him across from Ireland to contest a similar event at Sandown in early December but Crossed My Mind couldn’t justify favouritism, staying on a one-paced third behind A Hare Breath and Caid Du Lin. If young Jonjo O’Neill is able to claim his full allowance off this low weight, Crossed My Mind is 9lb better off with Caid Du Lain for four lengths.
There will be no hiding place at Haydock if the track survives a morning inspection and FIRST FLOW (2.05) was very quick and nimble over his hurdles when making all and winning hard held by 20 lengths at Newbury.
That came on the back of a Bangor success when David Bass rode him with a bit more restraint and he can take the measure of course and distance scorer Waterlord, another to handle deep ground.

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  1. the notorious 9 months ago

    John, just how open is the gold cup? Are you still as confident with bristol de mai as you once were. Recently there has been a flood of money for Eddy Harty’s Coney Island 10/1 from 33

    • Johnb 9 months ago

      I did mention Coney Island on here at big odds because I have been impressed, I also went to see the horse who looks good, connections are confident if they decide to go, at the moment they are

  2. elvis parsley 9 months ago

    Haydock picks
    Ubaltique 3-45 NAP 15-8
    Presenting Dylan nb 100-30
    The new one 14-40 nnb 5-4.

    • elvis parsley 9 months ago

      2 won 1 fell at the 1st.
      Well done winners today.

      I see Alan ‘money’ Thompson back in the winners again and John weighing in with Jenkins.
      Great having Alan and John tipping together isn’t it.

    • richie 9 months ago

      Well done Elvis he does like that course..

  3. tipsultan 9 months ago

    2.25- Le breuil- 7/1

    3.55- Ut Majeur Aulmes- 7/2

    1.30- Positively Dylan- 10/3

    1 point singles and 0.25 point trixie

  4. Johnb 9 months ago


    1:35 – Burren Life 5/1 paddy power


    2:15 – Irving 9/4 ladbrokes NAP


    2:25 – Jenkins 9/2 ladbrokes

    3:00 – Forest Des Aigles 12/1 paddy power


    2:35 – Al Hamdany 9/4 ladbrokes NB


    3:15 – Roy Orbison 6/1 paddy power


    4:15 – Apollo Creed 3/1 ladbrokes

  5. 9 months ago

    Morning all. Well done yesterdays winners nice double for Alan.

    one winner 3/1 and 2 seconds myself.


    15.00. .GUITAR PETE. .3/1


    14.05. . LOSTINTRANSLATION. . 7/2

    16.15. . THE HOLLOW GINGE. . 6/1


    13.05. .NOTRE AMI. .11/8

    15.55. . SPACE ODDITY. . 11/4

    gl all

  6. richie 9 months ago

    Morning all

    HAINAN 6/1 3.15 HAY,NAP
    FIRST FLOW 9/4 2.05 HAY


  7. azzthewigan 9 months ago

    Gothic empire 12.20 zephyros 2.00 ptit zig 3.15 speredek 3.35 ew l15 ew singles well done all winners yesterday

  8. de niro 9 months ago

    0/7 last weekend
    Beaten a neck for a 20/1 winner but as my old dad used to say “if my auntie had ….s she’d be me uncle “ -so onto today

    14-00 Beast 14/1 bet Fred
    14-35 Fire Fighting 8/1 bet 365

    13-15 Crievehill 9/2 bet stars

    14-50 Geordie does Chanps 100/30 black type

    Navan 14-10 Rock on Barney 22/1 ladbrokes

    Good luck everyone today ?

  9. 9 months ago

    4/5 last Saturday lucky 31
    Let’s see if o can make it the 5 this time round

    The new one 2-40 haydock
    Castlebawn west 3-50 navan
    Santini 4-05 ascot
    La bague au roi 1-50 ascot
    Un de sceaux 3-35 ascot

    Santini 4-05 ascot

  10. theinsider 9 months ago

    been told for t first race
    12.20 briyouni

  11. champyr 9 months ago

    Does anyone know if Gary O’Brien has left ATR, he’s no longer listed on their tips page.

  12. kev2oo9 9 months ago

    225 ascot night of sin ew 12s
    315 haydock caroles destrier ew 28s

    and each way double, both should handle conditions and competitively weighted

  13. benleoella1951 9 months ago

    First flow one easy ,thanks

  14. shepton 9 months ago

    Awesome Alan does it again ???

  15. billy boy 9 months ago

    Lovely again Alan cheers for first flow

  16. Johnb 9 months ago

    My Derby pick will be advertised soon which will be worth the wait.

  17. billy boy 9 months ago

    Great write up about fearsome Alan boom 9/1 ??

  18. elvis parsley 9 months ago

    Posted on yesterdays thread.
    Saturday haydock 3-45.
    He has won this race the last 2 years both on heavy ground.
    Carries just 2lb more than those 2 wins.
    Won at haydock last month on heavy so in good form.
    He also won on this very weekend in 2014 and 2015 at ayr and catterick so won this weekend last 4 years.
    Trainer Mc Cain is having his best season for a good while.
    No odds available as yet !!

    Won at 5-2
    Pleased with that….

  19. 9 months ago

    great info ELVIS and came back a better price cheers

  20. benleoella1951 9 months ago

    Looked at your post yesterday and gambled nice pick out thanks,

  21. kev2oo9 9 months ago

    little each way lucky 63 and singles at Chelmsford

    615 berrysea 5/1
    645 kaths lustre 3/1
    715 menuetto 2/1
    745 coillte cailin 5/1
    815 spare Sparta 11/8
    845 authentic art evens

    I’m hopeful they should make a profit

    • database 9 months ago

      Kaths lustre, sw kellys only mount and he bangs out winners for hughes.
      Went for that myself along with, spinnung melody, beautifuk memory snd artistic art, 3 in 1 to go for 255 from 15, assuming i dont get best odds in shop. Would sugget betting on the nose with odds like that, you oay double for each way yet your return will be negstive most of the time, it is not a profitable play, use a bet cslculator to look at it… 5/1 returned money back, 3/1 returned 40p loss for example, bol.

  22. 9 months ago

    fontwell 2-10 theos charm 11/4 nap/nb

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