Monday's racing at Wolverhampton comes under the microscope today, and Alan Dudman is hoping to kick-off the week with a couple of selections to run well at big prices...
"Seven furlongs suits in a well-run race, as he stays a bit further. Apprentice jockey Ben Sanderson rides, which is not a negative either with seven all-weather victories under his belt and two this year."
The card at Wolverhampton is underwhelming to say the least, but there just might be a big price pick to outrun the odds in this "Hands And Heels" apprentice race.
Step forward Harbour Patrol - and not an obvious one from a basement mark of 47, but this is a bad race. He drifted out to 16/1 on the Sportsbook last night, but that doesn't put me off in the slightest. Although clearly in the standard of contest, he is not one to go overboard on.
There are some reasons to put him forward, though.
He won in this grade (0-55) during last summer at Chepstow over today's trip, and he travelled quite well in that for a lowly-rated horse. He threw in a couple of placed efforts at Ayr - and once again moved quite smoothly in one of those during the last turf season.
Usually held up, it might suit as they can go off quite hard in these sorts of races. He is unexposed on the all-weather and I can forgive a poor run at Southwell last time, as he might not have acted on the surface. Expect odds of around [20.0] for a small interest.
Once again we stick to the "Hands And Heels" theme, and the price of [11.50] appeals for Sir Lancelott - and not just because one of my favourite films is John Boorman's 1981 epic Excalibur.
The selection has quite a good record around Wolverhampton, and he won in a slightly better grade 12 months ago at the track when trained by David O'Meara. He's now running from a lower mark of 47 these days in the care of Adrian Nicholls; last winter he was rated 62.
He is not a no-hoper however judged on a fair run at Newcastle last time. He went quite smoothly in that, but didn't find as much in the closing stages. Maybe it was the stiff finish there, so he will certainly be happier coming back to a venue he likes.
Seven furlongs suits in a well-run race, as he stays a bit further. Apprentice jockey Ben Sanderson rides, which is not a negative either with seven all-weather victories under his belt and two this year.
Alan's Bets of the Day - P/L
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Previous week: +1.50