Wolverhampton Preview – with Kevin Walsh
A six race card at Wolverhampton this evening and you can catch all the all-weather action live on Racingfm. Here Kevin Walsh brings us through the card and gives us a selection for every race.
4.15: DAILY ENHANCED “MAGIC MULTIPLES” AT UNIBET HANDICAP (5f)
Little Choosey was a nice course and distance winner last week, with today’s rival Singing Star just over 2 lengths behind. The latter receives a big swing in the weights tonight with Little Choosey carrying a penalty and that gives Mel Brittain’s charge a good chance of reversing the form. The consistent Quantum Dot should be on the premises again but it may be worth taking a chance on a big priced runner to grab a place and I am willing to do that with the bottom weight Minty Jones. The 6yo gets in here off of a feather weight and talented claimer Tim Clark takes off a further 5lbs which means he will be running off of under 9st. His form is not much to look at but he has put in decent efforts over trips too far lately and should be much more at home over the minimum trip. At a price as big as 33/1, he is worth a try to grab a place.
4.45: DOWNLOAD THE CORAL APP HANDICAP (1m4f)
Ten runners still stand their ground for this one and it is pretty tight at the head of the market. Morning support for handicap debutante, Steve Rogers is very interesting and Roger Varian’s charge must be taken seriously now stepped up in trip. Arashi and Pim Street are both interesting after fine efforts last time, with the former the pick if getting a strong gallop to come off of. A chance though is taken on the bottom weight again here, Bailey’s En Premier. Chris Dwyer’s 4yo receives lumps of weight from his main rivals, is still open to improvement on just his third start in Britain and his second in handicap company. He also has the assistance of Luke Morris in the saddle which is a significant booking.
5.15: CORAL CONDITIONS STAKES (1m1f)
We have not been as lucky with runners in this one. Four have pulled out, so that leaves us with just four going to post. Solar Deity looked the one to beat before the withdrawals and his task has been made all the easier now. He is a very consistent performer on this surface and should have too much class for his rivals in a contest of this nature. Lamar looks like being the one to follow him home.
5.45: LADBROKES HANDICAP (7f)
Harwoods Star disappointed in trying to follow up a victory at Southwell at this track last time but that can probably be forgiven, particularly now stepping back up in trip. Spirit Of Gondree went very close over course and distance last time and is another to consider as he gets in here off of the same mark. The vote, though, goes to John Coffey for the in form Michael Appleby yard. The 6yo has never shown his best on the all-weather but put in a cracking effort on return from a long absence at this track back in November. That run should hold him in good stead and if fit enough, he should have enough in his locker to take a race of this nature.
6.15: 32RED HANDICAP (7f)
Just the six runners to line up for what is probably the race of the evening. A case can be made for most of them but this is all about Biting Bullets for me. Jo Hughes’ charge bumped into a vastly improving sort in a better race than this as he attempted to rack up a hat trick last time and with that winner having gone on to score again since, everything bodes well for him to get back to winning ways. Barchan proved expensive to follow towards the end of last year but is classy on his day, whilst Little Lord Nelson has been given a decent mark for his handicap bow and is another to consider.
6.45: LADBROKES MAIDEN STAKES (7f)
We finish with a twelve runner maiden and not a lot of form to go on I’m afraid. The obvious pick is the Godolphin horse, Symbolic Star who finished behind two very classy individuals on debut at Newmarket last summer. The runner up that day went on to win a Group 2, so that form is by far and away the best on offer in what looks like a weak maiden. Longside has shown some ability in four starts to date but may have to settle for a place yet again.
Kevin Walsh 16/1/15
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