Alan Dudman heads to the Midlands on Monday, and is hopeful of a winner or two with a pair of interesting runners on the eight-race card at Wolverhampton....
"This 4yo runs in the Rothschild colours, and is related to the likes of Strut and Mince. He is worth another chance to show himself in a handicap as last time was too bad to be true."
16:00 Wolverhampton - Final roll of the dice with Shoof
This is very much the last attempt at rolling the big Ban Shoof dice, and he's a horse I have put up previously here.
He does have a bit of ability, but he hasn't really kicked on following his victory in a Wolverhampton maiden last year - but he could be better than a character with a career record of one from ten.
His trainer Ismail Mohammed has enjoyed a couple of recent successes on the all-weather; including Pinzolo who landed the feature race at Lingfield on Saturday.
Ban Shoof disappointed at Kempton back in September in a 0-85, and the fact he was subsequently off for three months and made a recent comeback at Dunstall Park suggests he might not have been 100%.
Mohammed has used cheekpieces, blinkers, and a visor. Today he goes for the hood, and as a gelding there's nothing left to go. Armed with a small break and a new distance - it could unlock something from a mark of 73.
His half-brother Educate was quite tricky to train in the early part of his career, so it's time for Ban Shoof to deliver.
16:30 Wolverhampton - Charlton's Snobbery shouldn't be ignored
I tipped Roger Charlton's Rock Steady on Saturday, so it was frustrating he traded at 1.558/15 in-running to finish second. Hopefully the yard can strike with Snobbery today.
He landed a rather poor maiden last month, but he cantered all over his rivals to score by over two lengths - though jockey George Baker would have expended more energy putting his boots on before the race than during it - the success was that easy.
However, he bombed out on handicap debut just 19 days ago, with the trainer citing a breathing problem for the lacklustre effort - and today he wears a tongue tie.
This 4yo runs in the Rothschild colours, and is related to the likes of Strut and Mince. He is worth another chance to show himself in a handicap as last time was too bad to be true.
Monday's Recommended Bets
Back Ban Shoof 0.5pt @ BSP in the 16:00 at Wolverhampton
Back Snobbery 0.5pt @ BSP in the 16:30 at Wolverhampton
Weekly P/L: -3.50
Previous week: +21.30