TWO winners from three for Alan on Thursday and he has five Friday bets from across Lingfield and Newcastle.
THE all-weather will keep the show on the road over the next couple of days and VENTURA BLUES looks hot to trot at Lingfield. On his first start since leaving Richard Hannon, Ventura Blues ran very well at Wolverhampton in a better class event won by Castle Hill Cassie and the mare has course form, having run Contrive to a short head over this trip back in November. Blinkers replace cheek-pieces.
Jim Goldie’s LOUD AND CLEAR has won three times at Newcastle, once over this 1m 4f distance, and he will go close if getting a decent pace to attack. The eight-year-old wasn’t suited by a muddling gallop when a running-on third last time.
C NOTE is the only confirmed front-runner in a trappy 1m 2f handicap and may be able to dictate matters. The gelding led until a furlong out in a warm handicap won by Pactolus over course and distance nine days ago and Ellie Mackenzie takes off 7lb.
At Newcastle, PLAYFULL SPIRIT has the ideal opportunity to break her maiden tag. John Gosden’s filly is no star but this is a pretty tame affair. She has twice been placed at Gosforth Park and cheek-pieces are applied after a decent third at Lingfield nine days ago.
BLAME CULTURE lost out to Rey Loopy and Trevithick in a blanket finish here 10 days ago and in receipt of 4lb wins a narrow vote over course winner Glory Of Paris.
12:00 Pontefract - Race: 1
12:10 Windsor - Race: 1
12:20 Hexham - Race: 1