No system bets today, not least due to the recurrance of bad weather and cancellation of Wincanton. At Ludlow, The Snail in the 4-00 looks a strong favourite, 6/4 on my book, Ladbrokes currently going 3/1. In the 4-30, there are several at early prices longer than my reckoning: Crazy Bold 5/1 7/1; Medicinal 4/1 8/1; Elk Trail 13/2 14/1; Royal Max 8/1 16/1. Of these, Elk Trail looks interesting though in any event I will hold fire for the moment.

Yesterday’s bet (Power Shared) was rubbish and noted as an unaccountably poor run in the Racing Post’s report.
Backed Elk Trail at 14/1 early price. The ‘strict’ system bet should have been Royal Max at 18/1 but I pass him over on doubts about the going. Elk Trail has a 9 point clear Topspeed advantage and other virtues which momentarily escape me.