Exclusive can excel
Nick Grant previews Tuesday's meetings in the UK. He has a tip for every race and fancies Exclusive Predator to score at Wolverhampton.
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LINGFIELD: 1.20 Rediscover, 1.50 Highland River, 2.20 The Fonz, 2.50 Houndscourt, 3.20 Shuil Royale, 3.50 Track Star, 4.20 Oscars Den.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 2.00 Baan, 2.30 Zing Wing, 3.00 Stand Guard, 3.30 West End Lad, 4.00 EXCLUSIVE PREDATOR (NAP), 4.30 Spirit Of Gondree, 5.00 Peak Storm, 5.30 Ioannou.
DOUBLE: Exclusive Predator and Zing Wing.
Exclusive Predator looks on the upgrade and capable of making his presence felt in the Best Horse Racing Odds With bookmakers.co.uk Maiden Stakes at Wolverhampton on Tuesday.
Trained by Geoff Oldroyd, the lightly-raced gelding did not show much to get excited about on his debut in December but it was a much better effort when third next time out.
That came in what actually might turn out to have been a good race for the grade here, with the winner held in reasonable regard and the runner-up having won since.
Granted further progression, and given the way he finished over seven furlongs, Oldroyd's twice-raced gelding should be a danger to all over this extended mile.
Zing Wing is one of the more likely ones in the bookmakers.co.uk Fillies' Handicap.
Now with David Evans having been claimed out of Paul Cole's yard, her record on the all-weather is overall a consistent one and she comes here on a plausible mark, one just 3lb higher than when successful at Kempton in September.
This trip just shy of six furlongs is a bit of a departure but she does travel well in her races and the fact top winter rider Adam Kirby in the plate is a positive.
Baan is the value call in the coral.co.uk Amateur Riders' Handicap.
The James Eustace-trained 10-year-old is well handicapped on his old form and has been knocking on the door of late, suggesting his turn his near.
His most recent run was here at the turn of the month in a similar race to this, staying on best of all off what was just a steady pace.
Winner Stormy Morning had flown by the time he got going, however, and he was a length down at the line.
That was over an extended two miles and hopefully he will get a stronger pace to travel off in this shorter contest, a trip he has been effective at in the past.
He actually meets Stormy Morning on worse terms, but the prices should reflect that and and it is interesting Eustace is happy to take him on again. Stevie Sanders gets on well with him and keeps the ride.
The protracted absence of regular National Hunt action means another 'jumper's bumper' card saves the day, this time at Lingfield where The Fonz stands out in the Billeshurst Wood "Jumpers' Bumper" National Hunt Flat Race.
Renee Robeson's seven-year-old has an excellent chance to get back to winning ways as he was a smartish handicapper in his younger days on the Flat with Sir Michael Stoute.
A decent surface is crucial to him, and back as a two-year-old he finished fourth here, beaten less than two lengths, on what his second racecourse start.
While he has not been disgraced since going hurdling, this ought to be much more his cup of tea.
One or two nice horses pop up on these cards and that is the case with Shuil Royale in the Lingfield Park Owners Group "Jumpers' Bumper" National Hunt Flat Race.
A dual bumper winner and promising as a novice hurdler, things unravelled a bit last year after a handicap win at Kempton, as he fell in his two runs after that, the first of those on his chasing debut.
But he showed his well-being when unlucky not to open his account over fences at Taunton this month, going down by a short head having had a troublesome passage.
Still with few miles on the clock for an eight-year-old, he could yet make up into something decent and should have the speed to go close in this sort of event.