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Today’s Preview with James Boyle – 26th September 2014

James Boyle from previews some of the Wolverhampton handicaps this evening – you can hear his thoughts, the thoughts of our other analysts and all of the action live through the day via the Listen Live button above or on the App.


5:45 Wolverhampton:


Wouldn’t be getting too excited about the quality of this race – it’s a 0-60 after all – but it looks competitive and you could give chances to many. Current favourite Eastward Ho has been well-backed all morning following a grand run over C&D three weeks ago and his more favourable draw will help on this occasion. He’s clearly handicapped to win soon if you go back far enough (now a stone below his last winning mark) but looks plenty short enough. Abigails Angel, at 5/1, is worthy of a small punt on her second start for Lee Carter, a man who does exceptionally well with lesser-talented cast-offs. The 7-year-old mare doesn’t boast the best of strike-rates and is clearly limited, but is running really well of late and showed on her penultimate start (last run for Brett Johnson) that a win might be close when beaten a head at Brighton. On her old form, she’s another handicapped to be winning and hopefully she’ll be able to do so on what is her Tapeta debut. It’s hard to know whether she will handle the surface but she’s a three-time polytrack winner, with a further eight seconds on it, and there’s no obvious reason why she wouldn’t. All in all, the price is grand and she should go well at the very worst.


6:20 Wolverhampton:


This is certainly a better event from a quality point of view and the books aren’t too sure what direction to look, as quotes of 5/1 the field suggest. Top-weight Lilac Lace also heads the market for now and despite all of her best form coming on turf, she’s 2-3 on the All-Weather (winning on both fibresand and polytrack) and hasn’t been seen on it for nearly a couple of years. Her recent form wouldn’t add much fuel to the fire with regard to her winning this but she did at least perform well three starts ago on heavy ground at Thirsk over an inadequate 6f trip and that was off a 3lb higher mark than today’s. The fact that she’s now rated 70 sees her drop into a Class 5 event for the first time since April of 2013 (won that) and it will be her first outing in a 0-70 ever. It’s possible that she could outclass this lot and, although some of them are respected as dangers, 5/1 may well be on the generous side.


8:50 Wolverhampton:


Time for the race of the night, a Class 4, 0-80 contest run over the extended 1m 5f trip. It’s certainly a trappy affair and the main reason for that is because the majority of these have some unknowns about them. Stentorian hasn’t been seen for well over a year, whilst Sunblazer – although likely fit from running over hurdles – hasn’t lined up on the flat for nearly a year and Investissement has had his last two starts in selling company. They’re hard to get a gauge on and Wall Street Boss, unoriginally, looks the solid one. He’s only 1-10 in his career to date and clearly isn’t one of James Fanshawe’s better horses, but he’s probably still learning the game even as a 4-year-old and it’s unlikely that we’ve seen the best of him on-track yet. His last time out form, achieved over a couple of furlongs further at Lingfield, looks decent with the winner defying a penalty next time out and the selection, who finished a close third, probably doesn’t want to be going that far just yet. The drop in trip could really help and off a mark of 71, I would be disappointed if he doesn’t get heavily involved. The price, sadly, wouldn’t blow our minds and has shortened from 7/2 into 5/2 since this morning, but I’ll play it despite that as it’s too hard to gauge the others!


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