Andrew Asquith outlines the Timeform view on the pick of the nine races from Wolverhampton this evening.
There's a bumper nine-race card to get stuck into at Wolverhampton this evening and there is some good quality on show.
The first bet comes at 5.20 in the shape of Lleyton, who is a bigger price than expected this morning at around the 7/4 mark given that he was very impressive over course and distance eight days ago.
This is because of the sustained support that has come for fellow last-time-out winner My Girl Maggie, but she looks vulnerable following a 6lb rise in the weights and now pitched into a more competitive race.
Admittedly, Lleyton is now a nine-year-old, but he has been in the form of his life since joining Micky Hammond, winning two of his three starts, and recording a career best when routing his field by eight lengths last time. He is ahead of his mark turned out under a 4lb penalty, clearly loves it round here (two from two over course and distance) and should be clear favourite.
The best race of the night comes at 6.20, a seven-furlong conditions event which is a fast-track qualifier for the Fillies & Mares race on All-Weather Champions Day at Lingfield on Good Friday.
It is Shimmering Dawn who comes out best at the weights, but lightly-raced four-year-old Amniarix easily possesses the most potential. She was seemingly a backward type as she didn’t make her debut until August, but she has made giant strides since being switched to the all-weather, making a mockery of her opening mark over course and distance in November and following up in the style of a potentially smart filly at Kempton last time.
Amniarix recorded a fast closing sectional at Kempton – she received a 16lb sectional upgrade – suggesting she is well up to making her mark at this level, and it is very interesting Ed Walker runs her here given she remains very well handicapped from an official mark of 83.
The final bet comes in the last race at 7.50 and Trevie Fountain is taken to complete a course and distance hat-trick.
He has benefited from the fitting of blinkers and return to the all-weather of late, getting off the mark in good style here last month and recording a career best to follow up again in convincing style a fortnight ago.
For both of those wins he has been strong at the finish and remains relatively unexposed at seven furlongs.
Trevie Fountain has been forced into a higher grade now, but he is clearly thriving and, with Martineo and Revolutionary Man now non-runners, this doesn’t look as deep a race as originally feared.
Kylla Looks was an impressive winner over course and distance on her penultimate start, and ran at least as well in defeat without being seen to best effect at Chelmsford last time, so looks an obvious danger back at this venue.
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