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Angel's Pursuit - 4.30 Wolverhampton
There may well be a little more focus on the action from Dunstall Park this evening with Richard Hannon saddling his first runner and the maiden certainly doesn't look to be the strongest ever run at the track.
Unscripted certainly looks the part on paper and it would be no surprise to see him go well while it's also reasonable to hope for a big run from Angel's Pursuit half an hour earlier.
As with the Hannon runner, there is a degree of guesswork involved as the seven year old hasn't run for 173 days and is making his debut for a new yard against a number of in-form rivals from a wide draw.
Now with Robert Cowell (who has a reasonable strike rate at Wolverhampton), Angel's Pursuit is 16lbs lower than when finishing a close second in a valuable Meydan handicap 12 months ago.
He's been beaten just over 50 lengths in five starts since that run but two of those outings were in Group Threes and another came from a bad draw in a premier handicap at the Curragh.
While it may be a bit much to expect him to recapture the form that saw him beat Society Rock in 2010, he did show enough in his other two starts to think that he retains his ability. He wouldn't be the first horse to take a while to recapture his form after wintering (and competing) in the Gulf and the handicapper has given him a real chance of getting his head back in front.
The booking of Adam Kirby bodes well with the in-demand jockey used sparingly by Cowell in recent seasons. Kirby has shown a level stakes profit in three of the past four months and has a strike rate that is better than one in five for the last two.
To digress slightly, all of his rides are worthy of close inspection at present and it will be interesting to see if there's support for handicap debutant Global Leader in the 6.30.
His record for Cowell is not outstanding (one winner from five rides) but he is the 'go to' man at the moment and his presence in the saddle suggests that Angel's Pursuit will be ready to roll on this first outing since July.
Angel's Pursuit could only finish in midfield in a Listed race on his sole outing at Wolver but wins at Dundalk and Kempton suggest that the surface won't prove to be a problem and he's well worth chancing this afternoon.