Jake Pearson outlines the Timeform view on the action at Wolverhampton on Friday evening.
Wolverhampton plays host to an eight-race card on Friday evening, and we are hoping to reel off a quick-fire treble in the space of an hour.
The first selection comes in division one of the seven-furlong classified stakes (18:15), a race which looks to revolve around the five three-year-olds, who all carry 8st 7 lb, as opposed to the older horses, who must shoulder 9st 10 lb. Puffin Island, a lightly raced three-year-old filly, is the one who makes most appeal.
Puffin Island has shown her first solid pieces of form this season, firstly when finishing fifth on her handicap debut over six furlongs at Kempton last month.
That was a more encouraging effort than the result would suggest as she was left poorly placed and the principals had gone clear by the time she hit top gear.
Puffin Island failed to significantly build on that promise over a mile at Chelmsford last time, running to just a similar level in third, but seven furlongs is likely to prove her optimum trip and, given her lightly-raced status, there could still be a little bit more to come.
She has a much more appealing profile than many of her rivals and can get off the mark here.
The Pretty Way looks the one to side with in the second division of the classified stakes (18:45).
David Evans’s three-year-old has shown much improved form since being switched to the all-weather this winter, finishing placed on each of her first three outings on artificial surfaces before getting off the mark over six furlongs at this venue last time.
It may have been a weak contest that she won here last week, but she ran out a decisive winner and is clearly trending the right way, something that cannot be said for many of her rivals.
She must shoulder a 6lb penalty for that victory but still comes out top on Timeform’s weight-adjusted ratings, while the strength she showed in the final furlong last time suggests that she can take this step up in trip in her stride.
The novice auction stakes (19:15) looks a good opportunity for Raise The Roof to build on her debut promise and get off the mark.
She came in for plenty of support ahead of her debut at this venue last month and was sent off a short-priced favourite despite being one of only two newcomers in the race, but she was held back by inexperience. She was slowly away and stumbled badly after two furlongs, but she seemed to get the hang of things late on, making headway out wide on the home turn and doing her best work near the finish.
The amount of support for her prior to the off shows she is clearly thought capable of better, and, with that run under her belt, she is expected to show improved form.
Published at 1145 GMT on 26/02/21
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