21st October 2016
Good afternoon, friends,
In today’s ATC Extra bulletin….
This week we’re having a crack at the Sunbets.co.uk Top Price Templegate Tips Handicap at Doncaster (2.40)….
A field of 22 goes to post over the extended 5f trip on ground described this afternoon as good.
Quite a few of these runners are holding their form as the season draws to a close – and the market and the likes of Tithonus, Mirza and Robot Boy – all last time out winners – are prominent in the betting….
Dutch Masterpiece is popular too. He hasn’t been firing across the summer and has dropped down the handicap to a handy mark. He showed up very well last time out at Ascot – but I’d be a bit concerned about how badly he hung in the final furlong before being mugged on the line at Ascot….
We’ll get to my selection for the race in a moment. First, a quick word on the other bet I’m having tomorrow afternoon….
Pick up my Cheltenham bet….
Over on my paid Against the Crowd service this afternoon it’s a relatively quiet weekend with the flat season winding down and the jumps season only just getting into low gear. But I do want to shoot one arrow at Cheltenham….
If you’re looking for a couple more bets for tomorrow afternoon you can access those picks free of charge right now by taking a FREE test-drive of my Against the Crowd service….
The one that interests me most as an each-way bet – with the 4 places to play for – is the Charles-Hills-trained A MOMENTOFMADNESS. I was hoping for some 16s – and that’s available with several firms right now including Bet365, Paddy Power, BetVictor and Betfair Sportsbook.
After producing 3 wins between March and the end of June, the 3yo lost his form in midsummer – producing two particularly poor performances at Newmarket and Goodwood during July.
Connections went away and had the 3yo gelded and freshened him up with a break. And the removal of a distraction combined with a rest appeared to get a positive response when he returned to the track at the start of this month in a class 3 handicap at Ascot. He bounced back with a performance as good as any he’s produced previously on my scale.
The soft ground wouldn’t haven’t been ideal for him that day but he showed up well for a long way, before a lack of match fitness found him out in the final furlong.
With that run under his belt he is entitled to strip fitter tomorrow. He’s stepping up in class – he’s won at class 2 but only against his own age group – and more will be required. But there’s every chance he will bridge the gap. He’s still relatively unexposed, looks set to continue his progression and, being fresher than most of the opposition, I see him featuring.
He runs off his last winning mark and Josephine Gordon’s booking in the saddle means he benefits from her 3lb claim. Tomorrow’s good ground at Doncaster will suit more than the softer surface he encountered last time.
The ATC Extra bet recap….
Remember, we don’t have to be betting in hundreds to make the game worthwhile or fun. A spend of a few quid is plenty to be going on with….
The standard place terms are ¼ 1-2-3-4. I’ll be betting each-way.
That’s all from me this week. Enjoy your weekend.