Genius idea at Wolverhampton
Chris Wilson provides a tip for each of Tuesday's races in the UK and makes Spark Of Genius his nap at Wolverhampton.
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FOLKESTONE: 12.30 Inner Steel, 1.00 Portrait Emotion, 1.30 Zen Factor, 2.00 Westward Point, 2.30 On The Feather, 3.00 Spot The Ball, 3.30 Ranthambore
TOWCESTER: 12.15 Kilcascan, 12.45 L'Eldorado, 1.15 Hot Whiskey, 1.50 Cloud Creeper, 2.20 Present View, 2.50 Tisfreetdream, 3.20 High Ville
WOLVERHAMPTON: 1.40 Gran Maestro, 2.10 Projectisle, 2.40 SPARK OF GENIUS (NAP), 3.10 Prophets Pride, 3.40 Chookie Hamilton, 4.10 Zilzie, 4.40 Safwaan, 5.10 Fortunate Bid
DOUBLE: Spark Of Genius and Portrait Emotion
Spark Of Genius seems as good a shout as anything on a difficult card at Wolverhampton.
The James Toller-trained three-year-old has a rating of 63 after four starts earlier in the year in which she had shown more than a flicker of talent.
She has also demonstrated a pleasing aptitude for an all-weather surface, with her good second over a mile at Kempton two weeks ago the highlight.
The Oratorio filly was well beaten by a decent tool from Roger Charlton's yard, but a strong finish saw her finish sixth lengths clear of the third home in Sunbury.
Spark Of Genius reverts to seven furlongs for the Book Wolverhampton Hospitality Maiden Stakes, but that should not be a negative if her third-placed finish at Kempton in October is factored into the equation.
With likely market rival Infortual possibly in need of the run, Toller might well recognise this as being the best chance she has had of success.
Gran Maestro can earlier do the business in the All Weather "Hands And Heels" Apprentice Series Handicap.
The former Andre Fabre recruit hit the ground running on his first start for Ruth Carr a week and a half ago, when second over eight and a half furlongs.
Carr's well-bred Medicean colt was not stopping towards the line so it is little wonder he is stepping up by a furlong back at Dunstall Park.
Chookie Hamilton should always be respected on the all-weather and warrants recognition in the Hotel & Conferencing At Wolverhampton Handicap.
Keith Dalgleish's eight-year-old was a neck winner over a mile and a half here 10 days ago and is still reasonably treated on his best form.
Portrait Emotion looks one of the nicer prospects on display at Folkestone.
The five-year-old chestnut was a winning Irish pointer on his penultimate start before making a most likeable debut for Gary Moore early last month.
Moore's representative jumped cleanly in a conditional jockeys' event over a mile and a half and only went down by a head to the promising Young Hurricane.
The third horse home, Lord Of The Dunes, was some 22 lengths in arrears, which certainly bodes well in terms of assessing the form.
Portrait Emotion has already been victorious on soft ground in Ireland, so he can be relied upon to run with honour if conditions remain testing for the Support The Pilgrims Hospices Novices' Hurdle.
Inner Steel can finally end his long winless run in the Claydon Horse Exercisers Handicap Hurdle.
Lydia Richards' seven-year-old has gone 17 races without tasting victory, but that statistic looks to be finally drawing to an end on the evidence of his last two starts.
Inner Steel twice finished second at Fontwell, and was particularly unfortunate to come up against an on-song Overlay in a three-mile-three-furlong handicap hurdle a fortnight ago.
With similarly sharp rivals thin on the ground here, connections will rightly hope the return to just over two and three-quarters of a mile will eke out the necessary improvement.
Towcester's card looks moderate at best but Kilcascan can at least stick to his end of the bargain in the Follow gg.com On Twitter Handicap Chase.
The eight-year-old gelding perhaps found three and a quarter miles a bridge too far at Warwick last month, but he still turned in a satisfactory performance when third behind Dunkelly Castle.
Kilcascan had previously won over three miles at Uttoxeter on soft ground and races over a similar trip here off just a 1lb higher mark.