Botti set for Wolverhampton winners
Nick Grant is backing Marco Botti to land a double at Wolverhampton this afternoon - our man has a tip for every race.
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LINGFIELD: 12.55 Commanche, 1.25 Alezanna, 2.00 Sinchiroka, 2.30 Marvelino, 3.00 Golden Flower, 3.30 Tilstarr, 4.00 Community.
PLUMPTON: 1.10 ASKER (NAP), 1.40 Goring Two, 2.10 Red Anchor, 2.40 Too Generous, 3.10 Firebird Flyer, 3.40 Tidal Dance, 4.10 Man Of Leisure.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 1.50 Frequency, 2.20 Persian Marvel, 2.50 English Summer, 3.20 Gabrial The Boss, 3.50 Cheektocheek, 4.20 Shockingdancer, 4.50 Una Bella Cosa.
DOUBLE: Asker and Commanche.
Asker remains a horse of potential despite defeat on his jumping debut and should be followed in the Race Passes At timeform.com Novices' Hurdle at Plumpton.
A half-brother to the very useful Celestial Halo, he has recently joined Gary Moore having won a bumper and a couple of races on the Flat for Marcus Tregoning.
His debut for Moore came in what was a hot novice hurdle won by River Maigue at Kempton on Boxing Day, finishing last of the six runners.
That was a tough introduction, however, and better is expected this time with that experience under his belt.
Goring Two is a regular visitor to Plumpton and should go well again in the Timeform Jury Handicap Chase.
Trained by Anna Newton-Smith, the eight-year-old ran an absolute stormer at Lingfield earlier this month on what was his first start for just under a year.
Running from out of the handicap, he tired late in the day over the two-and-a-half-mile trip and while he does get that distance, it just found him out after so long off in very testing ground.
He is equally effective at this shorter trip and must surely play his part if that run has not left a mark.
Quite where the winning run of Too Generous will end up is hard to say but it will be disappointing if it comes to an end in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Mares' "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle.
David Pipe's mare did not look a natural at Bangor in October after two bumper wins but sluiced up next time out at Fontwell over Christmas.
She clearly has lots of ability, will handle the ground and could very well notch up a sequence.
Tilstarr is likely to prove popular in the Breathe Spa At Marriott Lingfield Handicap on her return to the Surrey track.
Lightly raced and on an upward curve, the Roger Teal-trained filly did not see a racecourse until August and is quickly starting to make up into a decent performer at this level.
Last time out she was always handy before making her effort and kept on well to beat one of John Gosden's in Derwentwater, who has been second again since.
That win was over seven furlongs but she showed no signs of stopping and ought to fare just as well at this mile and off just a 2lb higher mark with Robert Winston keeping the ride.
The presence of runners from the Andrew Balding and Ed Dunlop yards should mean there will be value in her price.
Red-hot Adam Kirby can keep the winners coming courtesy of Commanche in the opening Bet At bluesq.com Handicap.
The Patrick Chamings-trained four-year-old can be rated quite a bit better than his short-head success over six furlongs here on New Year's Eve, as pretty much everything that could go wrong did.
That he got up to win strongly suggests he is still ahead of the handicapper and that is likely to be the case once again from a mark of 66, particularly as he tries seven furlongs again for the first time in a while.
For a horse that made his debut back in October 2008, Sinchiroka has not had much racing and presumably has had his problems.
But there seems to be ability there and it might be we have not seen the absolute best of him yet, making him the one to be with in the Lingfield Park Owners Group Handicap.
Golden Flower is a filly at the top of her game and it is hard to get away from her chance in the Blue Square Bet Handicap.
The daughter of Royal Applause started her career in Ireland and has been a great advertisement for the skills of David O'Meara since joining his North Yorkshire yard in December.
A keen-going sort, she dotted up over this course and distance last week and unsurprisingly turns out quickly with 7lb claimer David Bergin again doing the steering.
English Summer is worth noting dropped back in trip for the Best Racing Odds Guaranteed At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap at Wolverhampton.
David Simcock's gelding is in good heart and did not do a lot wrong over an extended two miles here on his latest start, just being outstayed at the finish.
His record shows he is a better proposition at distances between a mile and a half and a mile and three-quarters, and it is to the former he returns.