Find Solace at Wolverhampton
Ashley Iveson previews Monday's meetings in the UK with his nap coming on the all-weather card at Wolverhampton.
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FFOS LAS: 12.45 Alborz, 1.15 Military Precision,, 1.45 Bendant, 2.15 Gran Torino, 2.45 Incentivise, 3.15 Ulis de Vassy, 3.45 Vieux Lion Rouge.
PLUMPTON: 12.30 Sir Fredlot, 1.00 Cantlow, 1.30 Speedy Tunes, 2.05 Guydus, 2.35 Marble Walk, 3.05 Ballyman, 3.35 Thunderstorm.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 1.55 Silver Alliance, 2.25 Cheers For Thea, 2.55 SOLACE (NAP), 3.25 La Estrella, 3.55 Gabrial's King, 4.25 Lucy Bee, 4.55 Village Green, 5.25 On The Hoof.
DOUBLE: Solace and La Estrella.
Solace showed up well in a couple of decent turf events earlier this year and should find life much easier in the Football Bet In Play At totepool.com Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Wolverhampton.
John Gosden's filly was seemingly totally unfancied for her Newmarket debut in August as she was sent off at 40-1, but in fact ran a race full of promise.
The juvenile travelled smoothly and despite being hampered heading inside the last of seven furlongs, she was not beaten far into fourth by winning stable companion Winsili.
Solace was unsurprisingly a far shorter price on her next appearance at Goodwood in September, but this time was slightly disappointing, as she actually lost ground on a couple of those she met at Newmarket.
That said, she was not completely disgraced in finishing fifth and in the context of this race, it looks pretty decent form.
A trip to Dunstall Park represents a far less taxing assignment compared to her two previous starts and connections will be very hopeful she can sign off her two-year-old campaign with a win.
Few will back against the record-breaking La Estrella securing yet another victory in the Hotel & Conferencing At Wolverhampton Selling Stakes.
The veteran became the first horse in history to wrack up 13 consecutive victories at Southwell in early November and nobody will have been more disappointed than trainer Don Cantillon when it was announced that course would have to close until February because of flood damage.
He has a decent record at Wolverhampton as well, however, winning here five times from nine starts and he should add to his tally on his return.
Incentivise can give trainer Richard Lee a boost ahead of Le Beau Bai's bid to land back-to-back victories in the Coral Welsh National at Christmas by scoring at Ffos Las.
Incentivise is a dour stayer, like his illustrious stablemate, and is on a roll himself this season with victories at Bangor and Fontwell.
He has gone up a total of 11lb for those two wins but can prove up to the task on what is sure to be testing ground.
They also race over the sticks at Plumpton, where Cantlow will surely make it third time lucky over fences in the SIS Live Novices' Chase.
Having finished off last season with a hurdling mark of 148, owner JP McManus stepped in to purchase the seven-year-old in the hope he could scale even greater heights over the larger obstacles.
McManus may be a little disappointed he has been beaten in his first two starts, but in fairness, he did not do much wrong when just held by the smart Hazy Tom on his debut at Warwick and he bumped into the even more talented Sire De Grugy at Lingfield last time.
With that experience under his belt, the time is right to side with Paul Webber's charge.