Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Alpha is a first class selection

Resplendent Alpha can end a barren spell stretching back over a year with victory in tomorrow's Pontin's Short Breaks Handicap at Southwell.

The three-year-old has not won since last October and has consequently fallen from a career-high mark of 98 back to a more winnable perch of 79.

In fact, judged on his second over this course and distance last week, Resplendent Alpha could be well-treated at present.

Paul Howling's three-year-old was placed at Listed level as a juvenile but has struggled to regain that kind of form since.

Although he was successful at Lingfield in 2006, Resplendent Alpha had not really sparkled until just losing out to Ingleby Arch here.

Southwell's Fibresand surface evidently suits and with Resplendent Alpha back in good heart, he could pop up at a fair price.

Alonso De Guzman can get back on the winning trail in the pontins.com Handicap.

The three-year-old has seemingly relished a step up in trip from sprint distances, winning at Wolverhampton twice in the last two months.

His bid for a hat-trick was denied when his race at Dunstall Park was stopped for safety reasons but compensation awaits.

Dynamo Dave should feel the benefit of his debut run in Wolverhampton's Pontin's Great Family Holidays Maiden Stakes.

Brian Meehan's colt finished sixth on his bow at Lingfield, running far too keen early on before fading out of it.

Connections will be hoping he settles better this time and Dyanmo Dave is one to keep on the right side of.