Tonight’s Wolverhampton card can hardly be described as thrilling (whose idea was it to finish with three 1m4f races?) but I like the shape of the 5f handicap at 5.30.
Southwell’s 3.25 should see the Kevin Ryan-trained Moonlight Venture off the mark. The gelding missed the break and ran green when runner-up in a 7f Fibresand maiden on his debut and the extra furlong will suit.
Kempton opens with a big-field 1m handicap, so the first port of call is to oppose the horse in stall 1, Timothy T. The inside stall has provided the winner just once from 108 handicaps of 12+ runners here since the start of 2012 and the figures in fields of 10 and 11 are little better (two winners from 45).
I can’t find anything worthy of a bet today, so I’ll use this opportunity to highlight a few eyecatchers from last week.
Andrew Mount 10:04am, Fri 28 Feb 2014
Lingfield’s 3.35 , a class 3 conditions stakes run over 6f for three-year-olds, looks by far the most interesting contest at today’s two All-weather meetings. With only seven runners the draw doesn’t help us narrow the field but it’s interesting to note that only one of them has scored at the track before, namely Major Crispies.
Day Star Lad (stall 1) ran a fast time for the grade when successful in a maiden handicap at Southwell last time but he could prove vulnerable returned to Polytrack from the worst of the draw in Kempton’s opening 1m handicap.