Wolferton Stakes tips – Second Wave can make a big splash

Wolferton Stakes tips – Second Wave can make a big splash

Charlie Appleby

Second Wave

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Betting Tip: Second Wave @ 14/1 with coral

The Wolferton Stakes is a classy handicap with no ratings ceiling and is run over 1m2f for horses aged four and over.

Who’s favourite?
The Saeed bin Suroor-trained Best Of Times found only the subsequently Classic-placed Storm The Stars too good at Goodwood last May, having beaten Balios – a Royal Ascot winner on his next start – in a Listed contest at Newmarket previously. That’s the best form on offer here and he would have finished closer than ninth on his reappearance at Chelmsford in April, his first start for over a year, but for repeatedly being denied a clear run. Lightly-raced after just six starts (spread over three seasons), he could be capable of bettering his current mark and looks a worthy favourite at around the 9/2 mark.

Who else is fancied?
Ralph Beckett’s Pacify is next in the betting list and he’s done little wrong in just two starts this season, finishing a close second at Epsom behind Dark Red, who won on his subsequent start, and at York last time. He may be still improving but he needs to be as he’s edging up the weights – up 3lb to a career-high 102 here – and has a frustrating habit of finding one too good (five times a runner-up now).

Keith Dalgleish’s Maleficent Queen is stepping out of female company for the first time since her two-year-old days, but she looks progressive and was taking her unbeaten run to five when winning a Listed contest over this trip at Ayr last time. Three of her wins have come on ground with cut in it so she will handle conditions better than most.

Charlie Appleby’s Oceanographer is a single-figure price with most firms, but he was a laboured fourth when sent off 5/2 favourite for a Newmarket handicap last time (off 1lb higher) and might be best on an artificial surface, with his two previous wins coming at Chelmsford and Kempton.

Any decent outsiders?
His stablemate Second Wave is potentially better treated under Adam Kirby and is sporting a first-time hood. He has an impressive 5-9 record overall, though his fitness has to be taken on trust after a 175-day layoff.

Mark Johnston’s Revolutionist will be having his eighth race of the year but the stable runners thrive on their racing and he’s in the form of his life after back-to-back wins at Newmarket and Redcar.

Best bookie offer?
Paddy Power are refunding losing stakes as a free bet (up to £25) if your horse finishes second to the SP favourite, most likely Best Of Times here.

Who’s going to win?
Pacify should again run his race and Best Of Times is almost certainly capable of winning at Group 3 level, but I’ll take a chance that Charlie Appleby’s SECOND WAVE can take another step forward in the first-time headgear and under Adam Kirby, who is riding with plenty of confidence right now.

SELECTION

Second Wave each-way @ 16/1 Sky Bet (¼ odds, 1.2.3.4)

Betting Tip: Second Wave @ 14/1 with coral

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