13:50 Wolverhampton Thu 16 August 2018
- sportnation.bet UK Racing Specialist Novice Stakes (Div 2) (Class 5)
- 6f 20y,
- 10 Runners
- Surface: Allweather
Drops back to a much more suitable level on his AW bow after being outclassed on his last couple of starts; firmly respected on his early season 5f turf form on first attempt over further; cost $95,000 as a yearling.
Showed improvement on his second start at Newcastle (6f) last month when finishing in excess of 3L third to Louis Treze; likely to need further with time, but already evident that Tapeta is a surface that he handles.
£65,000 yearling whose dam was an unraced half-sister to the useful 5f-1m winner Gordon Lord Byron; not shown anywhere near enough in two starts to date (6f-7f), so the cheekpieces are now applied.
Cost €310,000 as a yearling, but essentially moderate on turf so far (6f); interesting to see whether or not a change of racing surface leads to an upturn in fortunes, but hindered by a tricky wide draw.
€6,000 juvenile; 66/1 when finishing fourth of five to Bailly at Down Royal (5f, good to firm) last month; improvement needed.
£48,000 yearling; off the track since early June, but that Haydock fourth placed effort behind Soldier's Call (5f) has taken plenty of subsequent boosts; stamina reserves a slight concern over 6f on AW debut, but respected nevertheless.
€180,000 juvenile; third foal from the US dirt (6f) and turf (1m+) winner Greyciousness; well found in the market (9/2) on debut at Ascot last month, but didn't do himself any favours by racing keenly; this race looks slightly less competitive.
Well beaten third of four in a weak maiden at Chepstow (6f, good) last week, and has plenty of improvement to find in order to play any constructive role on AW debut.
£75,000 yearling; showed some promise (from the rear) over 6f on debut at Newbury last week when finishing in the ruck behind Magnetic Charm; dam was a 7f AW winner, and might just need another race or two to put her spot on.
Last Year's Winner
Adam Tiler (11/4), Show Of Strength (10/3), Power Link (4/1), Bercheny (9/2), Pacino (6/1), Dinas Powys (10/1), Confucius (20/1), Burning Lake (66/1), Brandon (80/1), Bluebell Time (100/1)
- Show Of Strength
- Adam Tiler
- Power Link
After nailing a 7/2 winner on Tuesday, David Ord looks to follow up with a nap selection at Salisbury on Wednesday afternoon.
Chris Wilson feels Sir Michael Stoute is the trainer to follow and he has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.
Keith Hamer highlights the best bets across on a busy day of action on Thursday, with Elarqam fancied to bounce back at Salisbury.