For the second day in a row Alan found profit, this time trading at [1.02] in running and a winner at [5.0]. Today he has two more selections to see if he can keep the winners coming…
Echo Express can make it back-to-back victories
I put Echo Express up when he won at Hexham on his latest start (see selection here) and I am not ready to desert him yet.
Brian Hughes gave him an excellent ride that day and he is back in the saddle again today, he is less exposed than the rest of the field and heading in the right direction. Nicky Richards charge has improved on both starts this season and I think he will work his way up through the ranks, I don’t think he has reached the top of his abilities yet.
Las Tunas from the Mike Smith yard is next in the betting at the time of writing but he hasn’t won for some time and just one win from 18 starts over fences doesn’t worry me too much. He is tongue tied for the first time which may bring about some improvement but I can’t see how this exposed type would be good enough to beat Echo Express. One that may give him more to do is John Williams from the borders trainer Sandy Thompson, but I don’t think this particular track suits him as much as Musselburgh, where three of his four wins have come from, the ten-year-old has only run here once finishing a distant fifth of seven.
Caustic Love can improve past these
Keith Dalgleish‘s three-year-old filly Caustic Love has improved on each of her three starts to date and was only just caught here on the post, beaten a short head, last time out. I expect to see more improvement out of her again today and as the fourth home in her last race was rated 60, her opening mark of 66 on handicap debut doesn’t look like it will cause her any problems. She obviously has no problem with the track and has a good opportunity here to get rid of her maiden tag at the fourth time of asking.
I think she has the beating of Coolagh Magic, who looks like being the market principle, despite Newcastle being a stiff track, I still don’t like the fact that Richard Fahey‘s charge is dropping back from seven to six furlongs and has an extra 2lbs to carry. Vrai, is another leading player according to the market and is running for the first time on UK soil let alone a synthetic surface so while her French form is difficult to asses unless their is any big market moves I am happy to take her on as well.
2019 Overall: +0.00pts
2019 so far…
Staked: 3 pts
Returned: 5.00 pts
2018 P&L +82.29pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts