Free horse racing selections for Wednesday January 30

Action from Wolverhampton
Action from Wolverhampton

David Clough pores over Wednesday's declarations and picks out his strongest fancies, including a rare Wolverhampton runner for Gordon Elliott.

Best Best: Markhan (5.15 Wolverhampton)

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Gordon Elliott will be an irregular but much-feared force at Wolverhampton - especially after enlisting the assistance of the returning Jamie Spencer in the saddle.

That is a broad hint that the top Irish jumps trainer means business with the two runners he sends over from County Meath on Wednesday.

Elliott and Spencer team up first with Markhan in the Betway Stayers' Handicap.

The six-year-old has been in encouraging form since switching back from hurdles to Dundalk's all-weather surface of late - and while jumping, he proved his stamina for this extended two-mile trip.

Three weeks ago, Markhan came within a nose of recording his second win in three Dundalk attempts at up to a mile and a half - and irrespective of his connections, he comes into this five-runner handicap with the most convincing profile.

Elliott and Spencer may well be at it again in the concluding Ladbrokes Home Of The Odds Boost Novice Stakes.

Their representative Counting Sheep failed to get closer than eight and a quarter lengths to the winner in two autumn runs on the turf - but he split two Ballydoyle juveniles when runner-up at his second attempt at Thurles.

John Gosden fields the principal opposition this time with Albert Finney - who eventually stayed on well over seven furlongs here last month but will need to improve significantly for the step up in trip.

Sporting Life tips:

WOLVERHAMPTON: 4.45 King Oswald, 5.15 MARKHAN (NAP), 5.45 Your Band, 6.15 Falls Creek, 6.45 Skyva, 7.15 Viola Park, 7.45 Woggle, 8.15 Counting Sheep.


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