All-weather expert Jamie Maynard previews the pick of the action at Wolverhampton tonight and fancies a stable-switcher in the finale.
Jamie Maynard's recommended bets
The feature race this evening over the seven-furlong trip looks a very open contest with them all bringing winning form to the table.
Although Nick Vedder has only the one victory to his name he has been placed numerous times and the addition of first-time cheekpieces could find that little bit extra for him to get his head back in front. Murdanova would hold strong claims if able to handle the step up in class from a 5lb higher mark as he brings solid course form to the table and grade dropper Fast Track tackles this trip for the first time having previously run over shorter and is 5lb below his highest winning mark.
However, it’s the talking horse of this winter’s all-weather season, SPARE PARTS, who I’m expecting to land this and gain a sixth win of the calendar year. Phil McEntree has certainly worked wonders with this gelding since his arrival to the yard before the turn of the year and in nine runs he’s won five and been placed the other four.
At one stage I thought the handicapper had finally caught up with the four-year old but if anything he’s run his two best races most recently, first when winning over course and distance before going down by a length-and-three-quarters back at Chelmsford eight days ago.
The handicapper has eased him a couple of pounds and although still 4lb above his latest win, I can still see further improvement to come with the horse two-from-two over track and trip. At odds in the region of 5/1, Luke Morris can steer this four-year old to victory having taken over the reins with usual pilot Nicola Currie banned.
A fairly modest end to proceedings with only the one winner in a field of seven - a victory which came on the turf, leaving question marks surrounding them all on synthetics.
That winner, Brockey Rise, has been very underwhelming since tackling all-weather surfaces and those five defeats all came after a gelding operation. He’s dropped to a more manageable mark on the back of a better second here last time out but it’s hard to fancy him for this.
Daze Out will be a popular selection on handicap debut after showing signs of promise on her latest start when fourth but Iain Jardine’s SUPER FLORENCE makes more appeal after her neck defeat at Newcastle on her last start for Eve Johnson Houghton back in October.
She’s been raised 4lb in the ratings but is open to much more improvement now starting out for this new yard and she’s shown more in her four handicap starts than the others. I’m sure Jardine would have this filly fit and raring to go after a 132-day absence and the booking of Luke Morris is significant as the pair have only teamed up eight times previously, with two victories coming from those outings.
There's been some morning support which is again encouraging so this daughter of Zebedee looks the the one to be on here.
Posted at 1025 GMT on 23/02/18.