What are the best bets at Wolverhampton this afternoon?
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3.10: Wolverhampton Tips At bookies.com Handicap, 5f216yds
None of these jump off the page and those at the head of the market are opposable. Top Cop, the forecast favourite, is on a long losing run and is getting no respite from the handicapper, while Pickle Lilly Pearl tends to blow the start and then has a lot to do. Skye Morning has been running well enough and still has scope after just five starts, but her outside draw is a worry.
Let’s take a chance then on Michael Bell’s ON THE HUH at a big price (12/1 Paddy Power). He showed promise on his debut run at Kempton last December and again when chasing home Three Gracez at Doncaster back in the spring. There’s not been much to get excited about since, but he’s now on a career-low mark and might be perked up by a change of headgear.
His trainer has been amongst the winners of late and his rider Luke Morris has a healthy 18% strike rate on the stable runners, which provides further encouragement for an each-way bet.
3.40: Wolverhampton Tips At bookies.com Handicap, 5f216yds
Tim Easterby’s AZERELLE lacks the experience of most of these after just four starts, but that also leaves her with the most to scope to improve and she appeared to be heading the right way when finishing third at the track on her most recent start. That was a big improvement from her first three runs and she shaped as though today’s extra furlong would help her cause. The handicapper has kindly dropped her 1lb since and she is the best option at BetVictor’s 9/2 in what is a weak race.
China Excels won well at Leicester last time, but the eight-year-old’s overall 2-28 record says it all, and a bigger danger may be Copper Cavalier, who score here last December but has not raced since January.
4.10: Enjoy Daily Racing Tips At bookies.com Handicap, 1m4f50yds
This is pretty competitive for the grade and FANNY AGAIN is just a tentative selection at Paddy Power’s 13/2. Denis Coakley’s charge showed she had a race in her when finishing fifth (of 11) at Lingfield last time and can run off the same mark here. After just six starts, she can be expected to keep on improving and the booking of the in-form Tom Marquand, who takes 3lb off her back, very much catches the eye.
She may have most to fear from Dean Ivory’s San Quentin, who ran better than the bare form of his stable-debut third at Lingfield last month, having been stuck wide for much of the race.
4.40: Post Your Winners At bookies.com Handicap, 1m141yds
Reggie Bond set a career-best when winning over course and distance in August and he’ll be tough to beat in his bid for a third success in four starts. However, he may have met his match in Sir Michael Stoute’s HAKKA, who also won over track and trip back in June and bettered that effort when scoring in good style at Chelmsford last month. In between he could only finish third when the subject of a gamble on his handicap debt at York, and it may well be an artificial surface suits him best.
He races off a career-high mark this afternoon but he’s still potentially well treated on 91, with the prospect of further improvement to come. His rider Ted Durcan said after he won last time that “the more he races the more he’s sharpening up” and that provides further encouragement that he will justify 6/5 (BetVictor) favouritism.
5.10: Compare The Odds At bookies.com Handicap, 7f32yds
This is very competitive for the grade with none of the dozen runners ruled out with any confidence. The Roger Varian-trained Ya Latif is shading favouritism and that is perhaps more down to the excellent form of her stable, as she’s failed to go on in two runs after winning at Salisbury in June.
She could well bounce back but, at the respective odds, it could be worth taking a chance on FOR SHIA AND LULA (12/1 Paddy Power) coming back to form on his favourite track. Granted he could only finish seventh here last time, but it was in a better race than this and he wasn’t beaten far. Given his last three wins have over course and distance, the most recent off a 1lb higher mark than today’s, he could well find some extra spark this afternoon and his trainer Daniel Mark Loughnane, who operates a small string, did have a 33/1 winner here last week.