The Messenger previews Wednesday's Horse Racing and he has bets on Atlantic Gold at Bangor and Percy Thrower at Nottingham.
This is the time of year when the Charlie Longsdon yard usually catches fire and the stable are showing signs of doing exactly again this Autumn. He has had 3 winners and a number of placed horses over the past 8 days and we are likely to see plenty more winners banged in between now and the start of November. In this contest he saddles Atlantic Gold and the 6 year old holds a solid chance here after running well on his chasing debut at Wetherby just before the stable effectively closed down for the summer.
He was a very decent novice hurdler last season and won two races around this time last year at Warwick and Cheltenham, before running with credit off a mark of 130 on his final start over hurdles in handicap company at Warwick. These easy fences should allow him to try and go out and dominate this field and although he has a little to find with Aqalim on hurdles ratings, the latter is a flat bred that was getting a little quirky last season and has switched from John Ferguson to Tim Vaighan. Although his new stable is in decent form, he has a few questions to answer and we prefer the chances of Atlantic Gold.
1.5 points win Atlantic Gold at 11/4 with Paddy Power
This looks a competitive nursery, but it is one where the time might be right to back Percy Thrower. The son of Sir Percy is stoutly bred as a half brother to the likes of middle distance performer Dubday and he has more stamina coming from the sire than many of his siblings. He has shown a limited amount of promise on his 3 starts so far, which were over 7 furlongs and a mile, but in not being subjected to a hard race in any of those maidens and staying on quite nicely in the closing stages, he has attained a mark of 69 for his venture into handicaps. If he was rac ing over a mile, we might just sit this one out, but this 10 furlong test is quite a stiff one for juveniles and he could well relish the premium that will be placed on the stamina of these young horses.
He is 15/2 with William Hill and Stan James and that looks worth an interest each way.
1 point each way Percy Thrower at 15/2 with William Hill and Stan James