What are the best bets at Wolverhampton this evening?
Our resident tipster has run the rule over the four bookies.com sponsored races at Wolverhampton this evening.
The meeting gets under way with the Wolverhampton Tips At bookies.com Amateur Riders’ Handicap (due off 6.15pm) run over an extended 1m4f and PHYLLIS MAUD must take all the beating with top amateur Serena Brotherton booked. The three-year-old won at Bath last month and followed that with a close fourth at Brighton last time. That latest effort can be upgraded as she was crowded on the unfavoured far rail at a vital stage and today’s extra two furlongs are in her favour as she stays well.
We’re guessing over whether she will handle the Tapeta surface but her trainer Simon Crisford has been placing his horses well in his rookie season and particularly on the all-weather, with five of his 15 (33%) runners obliging, and market confidence has rarely been misplaced. The selection, who is bet365’s 13/8 favourite, could be the latest example of his skills.
Of the rest, Full Of Speed has finished in the frame on his last two starts, albeit well adrift at Kempton last time. David Pipe has his team in good form and his Willem is interesting now switched to the flat after running well over hurdles the last twice. However, his claiming amateur partner is still looking for his first winner, whereas Brotherton has had seven winners this season alone and has booted home four winners at this track. Her experience can prove decisive.
The 5f Enjoy Daily Racing Tips At bookies.com Handicap (7.15pm) has a very open look to it and it’s no surprise to see bookmakers going 9/2 the field. Maymyo has been put in as favourite at that price and, as the only last-time-out winner in the field, he’s entitled to plenty of respect, especially as his 3lb rise for winning is more than taken care of by his rider’s 5lb claim. However, he’s been absent from the track since, indicating a possible problem, and is racing on Tapeta for the first time.
REGINALD CLAUDE on the other hand has won three times here already, to go with umpteen places, and arrives at the top of his game. A winner at Windsor three starts back, he’s since finished third at Lingfield and was left with too much to do when runner-up to Bosham here last time, having been involved in some scrummaging close home. He still managed to finish well clear of the third and Charlotte Jenner, who has twice guided him to success, should be able to make the most of her inside draw and provide us with a 6/1 (bet365) winner.
Simon Crisford could be chasing a double in the Post Your Winners At bookies.com Handicap (7.45pm) over 7f – depending on whether Phyllis Maud does her bit in the opener of course – with his FAINTLY fancied to go well at bet365’s 5/1. The four-year-old has clearly had his problems as he’s been restricted to a couple of runs since his juvenile days with Amanda Perrett, who trained him to win a Lingfield maiden by seven lengths.
This season’s belated reappearance, and his first start for his current stable, came in a class 3 at Chelmsford earlier this month and, having made an effort under pressure two furlongs out, he inevitably weakened into sixth as the lack of fitness told. With that run under his belt and in a weaker race, he could leave that form well behind. As mentioned previously, his trainer has a terrific record with his runners on artificial surfaces and his booking of champion jockey elect Silvestre De Sousa shows he means business.
Of the rest, the consistent Buckland Beau should again run his race over a trip that suits, while For Shia And Lula and Light From Mars have shown enough in recent starts to suggest they can get involved. Don’t forget to post your winners!
The superbly named Welliesinthewater – he’s a son of Footstepsinthesand – heads the field for the 7f Compare Odds At bookies.com Handicap (8.45pm) and he should make a bold bid to follow up his recent success over this trip at Doncaster. Given that was just his second start of the year, there should be more to come from him and the fact he has won here previously is another thing in his favour.
However, he’s been raised 6lb for winning what was essentially a weak handicap and he also has a wide draw in stall 12 to overcome. On balance, he’s reluctantly opposed with the Geoff Oldroyd-trained BOND’S GIFT (9/2 bet365), who has looked transformed for the application of blinkers, finishing runner-up on her last two starts over track and trip. Well clear of the third last time, she surely has a race on her off her current mark and she may well be able to defy her 170-day absence, especially if the market speaks in her favour.
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