ALAN is backing Cloudy Glen to shine bright in Wales and has three other Thursday bets.
Ffos Las 2.25
THE track always seems to be riding heavy at Ffos Las but that shouldn’t prevent CLOUDY GLEN completing a hat-trick for Venetia Williams. The gelding hacked up in the Haydock mud at the end of December before following up eight days later at Chepstow.
This novices’ hurdle appears a bit tougher, with David Pipe’s course winner Remastered a threat if one is prepared to forgive a poor run at Exeter next time when sent off evens favourite.
Ffos Las 4.10
MONDAY CLUB is one of the most consistent jumpers in training and can gain some reward for numerous placed efforts by landing a fairly ordinary 2m handicap hurdle.
He chased home useful Sussex Ranger at Fontwell last time and may have the legs of Gone Platinum, a course winner over fences who usually plies his trade over longer distances.
There is some interesting action at Huntingdon where ERICK LE ROUGE is taken to complete a four-timer in the handicap hurdle. All three of his wins this season have come under 7lb conditional Chester Williams and a 5lb rise for his most recent victory at Kempton on Boxing Day is fair enough.
NO HIDING PLACE can be given a chance in an open-looking 3m handicap hurdle at Doncaster. Nicky Henderson’s six-year-old ran a respectable fourth at Ascot just before Christmas, finishing three lengths in front of fifth-placed Le Musee, a winner at Taunton on Monday.
12:00 Pontefract - Race: 1
12:10 Windsor - Race: 1
12:20 Hexham - Race: 1