Wolverhampton racing tips: 29th December

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Wolverhampton tips – 1st December

14.25 – Betway Handicap – 6f

A case can be made for most of these in this quality-looking opener so at the likely odds it could be worth siding with two or three runners for the opener of my preview.

Based on official ratings and speed-figures, Karl Burke’s ASTRO JAKK arrives in very good form. He found his feet in the second half of 2020, winning back-to-back events at Newcastle before losing little caste in defeat when fourth over course-and-distance from his current mark. Essentially, he’s drawn well to attack from stall two and holds strong each-way credentials.

Mick Appleby’s runners are always worth a second look here which bodes well for hat-trick seeking, ZAPPER CASS, who defied big odds to score over course-and-distance on his penultimate outing. He backed that up with success at Southwell last time, always doing enough to hold the runner-up and looks a leading contender.

Meanwhile, LOMU is 2-2 at the track and is handily weighted to get involved being 3Ib lower than when last successful at this track and his latest win at Newcastle indicated that he’s on good terms with himself this campaign.


14.55 – Betway Novice Stakes – 1m1f

I’m going to nominate Roger Varian’s FATHER OF JAZZ as the standout selection in the race and it’s not inconceivable to see him go off much shorter. He has a 200-day absence to overcome but his yard knows how to get one ready first time out and his eye-catching impression when second on debut looks particularly strong in comparison to his opposition’s efforts to date.

Selections: FATHER OF JAZZ

15.30 – Bombardier ‘March To Your Own Drum’ Handicap – 7f

If you can put a line through SWINGING EDDIE’s poor effort on the turf last time, he’d have an excellent chance. His two best performances in his career have been at this course, where he’s hit the frame from a mark of 59 and 56 and he’s 1Ib lower this time around.

FACT OR FABLE deservedly got off the mark over course-and-distance earlier this month and should go well again. Whilst LADY FATMA has placed the last twice here and should be able to take the necessary step forward to be more competitive.


16.05 – Bombardier ‘March To Your Own Drum’ Handicap – 7f

This race lacks any strength in depth with many of these out of form with the exception of QUITEACATCH. The three-year-old filly ran a good race to finish second over six-furlongs here last time and the return to seven-furlongs looks a good manoeuvre by connections.

Ideally, you want a horse with plenty of reliability about them and James Tate’s GROUPIE fits that criteria. She hardly runs a bad race and has gone close twice at this track previously to suggest her turn might be on the horizon and this could be the day.

David Probert is the man in-form recently and he rides My Footsteps, who is on a basement mark of 45, which could be slightly off-putting, but his latest fourth looked decent so he can’t be discounted.


16.40 – Play 4 To Win At Betway Handicap – 6f

FINAL FRONTIER wasn’t seen to best effect when fifth over track and trip last time out so if he manages to get a stronger pace to aim at on this occasion, Ruth Carr’s seven-year-old looks set to capitalise on a handy mark being 16Ib lower than when third in a better race than this previously at the track.

The veteran, STEEL RIVER, is a real course-specialist having won four times over course-and-distance. He’s slipped to a handy mark and is expected to be thereabouts from a handy draw in stall two.


17.10 – Bombardier British-Hopped Amber Beer Handicap – 1m

RECUERDAME has to enter calculations being only 1Ib higher than when successful over course-and-distance. Luke Morris retains the partnership and his mount looks the solid option.

PLUMETTE hasn’t won since 2019 but she has posted some creditable efforts in defeat since, particularly at this track earlier this month and is likely to benefit from the step up in distance.


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