THERE are five meetings on Thursday and Alan's four picks all run at Southwell.
BLACK SALT has been a revelation at Southwell, twice scoring with consummate ease over six furlongs. David Barron’s gelding bids to complete his hat-trick this afternoon and will be hard to beat.
PIAZON (3.35) runs the sprint track very well and has his easiest task for some time in the apprentices’ handicap.
By contrast, MR TOP HAT has his first experience of Fibresand but will go close if able to repeat his recent excellent second to Pactolus at Wolverhampton. The gelding, a keen-going sort, made a lot of the running and will appreciate this shorter trip in a race packed with in-form horses.
PEARL ACCLAIM (3.00) is usually campaigned at the minimum trip but is worth chancing over six furlongs in this much weaker grade.