ALAN is back in the saddle and looking to start the week with a winner with two bets apiece from Lingfield and Wolverhampton.
CALL ME GRUMPY is carrying my cash in the 7f handicap at Lingfield. He is a fast-ground winner on turf and will appreciate this quicker track on the back of a fine third to Glenn Coco at Kempton a fortnight ago when the Polytrack was riding standard/slow. Roger Varian adds a tongue-tie and Andrea Atzeni has a perfect pitch in stall three.
GUMBALL will start at shorter odds in the 1m 4f novice stakes but looks something of a good thing. Philip Hobbs applied a hood at Kempton last time and it definitely did the trick, with Gumball racing clear and never in danger of being caught by Verdana Blue. Similar forcing tactics under Oisin Murphy should enable the grey to concede weight to John Gosden’s Momtalik, a distant last of three at Pontefract, and the William Haggas-trained Allieyf.
NICE TO SEA (5.15) almost landed a touch over course and distance at the end of February, leading over a furlong out before being caught by Power Home. Olly Murphy’s mare meets an in-form rival in hat-trick seeker Clearance and it will be interesting to see how the market develops.
TOP BREEZE was turned over at odds of 2-5 when last seen at Chelmsford City in December but should take a deal of beating in the 5f novice stakes. Richard Hughes brought Gold Filigree back from a long break to land the big sprint at Lingfield last Saturday, so we know the stable is in form.