Our racing expert marks your card for Monday's action.
Hugo Palmer has a 1-4 strike rate (15-59) at Wolverhampton over the past five seasons, with all his runners yielding a profit of £12.32 to £1 level-stakes, and the Newmarket trainer has double prospects at the track this evening.
His HUMBERT can initiate the double when he runs in the 1m handicap against five rivals with Josephine Gordon (18% strike rate on the stable runners) taking the reigns. A 130,000euros purchase as a yearling, he was aged three when making his belated racecourse debut in a Thirsk maiden in August of last year and he so nearly got off to winning start as he was only denied by a neck, before going on to finish a highly creditable sixth (of 30) in a big sales race at the Curragh.
On that form he was fully entitled to win a Kempton maiden on his all-weather debut last month, but it was the style of that four and a half lengths victory that marked him down as a horse to follow and an opening handicap mark of 83 could be lenient given his potential. That he has been kept on the go on this surface rather than be saved for another turf campaign later in the year is telling and this prize looks his for the taking en route to better things, albeit he has been well found in the market at the current 11/10.
We can boost any potential winnings by combing him in a double with his stablemate STAR ARCHER, who looks a class apart from his seven rivals in 1m1f novice stakes and is a 4/7 shot to beat them. Certainly, his sixth in the Listed Zetland Stakes, just two lengths behind subsequent Derby winner Wings Of Eagles, is the standout piece of form on offer here and I doubt a 464/day absence is going to stop him, especially as he receives 8lb from main market rival Sam Missile.
A £20 double on the two Hugo Palmer-trained runners at current Paddy Power odds (11/10 and 4/7) pays £66.00, so that’s slightly better than 9/4.
You could probably run the closing 5f handicap five times and get five different results, but the Charlie Wallis-trained FAREEQ surely won’t be far away with a little luck in running from his outside draw in stall nine. He was caught out wide at Chelmsford on his most recent outing when tried in blinkers and dropped to the minimum for the first time, and to his credit he ran on to fill third spot. Having slipped a long way in the weights – he is now rated 58, having been 76 when he joined his current stable last summer – he now looks ready to cash in with the headgear back on.
All odds were correct at time of posting.