Through The Card: Wolverhampton, Tuesday May 24

There is Flat racing from Wolverhampton on Tuesday
There is Flat racing from Wolverhampton on Tuesday

Timeform take you through the card at Wolverhampton on Tuesday.

"Returning to a mile and a half will also help Ickymasho, who had some solid form as a three-year-old handicapper last year, and she's worth a bet."

14:15 - Bushwise has improved for the fitting of cheekpieces in recent weeks, winning handicaps at Chepstow and Bath on her last two starts, and she can complete the hat-trick here. La Asomada is proving expensive to follow, but she looks the biggest danger to the selection; she's actually solid Placepot material, though it's hard to see Bushwise finishing outside the first three, so we'll stick with her. Pilgrims Path, who finished one place behind La Asomada in a Beverley seller recently, completes the shortlist.

14:45 - The second division of the six-furlong handicap looks very different with Dream Revival (and two others) out of the race. Jumeirah Star ran creditably on her return and probably won't have anything as progressive as the winner that day to contend with her, where she wears a first-time visor, but she still has something to find with last-time-out winner Guapo Bay on form. Zophilly was too free on her handicap/debut return but could do better quickly back over a sprint trip and with a tongue tie applied.

15:15 - A tricky maiden to solve now (and there's an even trickier race, with the Placepot in mind, coming up next). Papa Luigi has had plenty of chances already but this looks a decent opportunity and it will be a surprise if he's out the first three, even with Waneen, Line Sport and Noble Act all being of some interest. Money for Noble Act would be particularly intriguing given her trainer Rae Guest has a good record with debutantes and he's booked Silvestre de Sousa for the ride.

15:45 - Two non runners mean only three now line up in this five-furlong claimer. They are all around 3.02/1 or under at the time of writing so it probably makes sense to just include all three of them - Come On Dave, Clumber Street and Long Awaited - and move on, especially as we've chosen bankers in the previous legs.

16:15 - Another tricky race, though Scarpeta kept on well to score in good style at Beverley recently and can follow up now he's found his feet. Sir Mark Prescott's Mystique Heights - who finished behind Scarpeta in a maiden here last November - is feared on his handicap bow, for all that the trainer's runners haven't hit full stride yet, whilst Topalova is also worth considering under Silvestre de Sousa.

16:45 - Bayan Kasirga kept up her run of good recent form when scoring at Musselburgh a fortnight ago and, with the return at tapeta holding no fears, should go close, but she may struggle to withstand the less exposed Ickymasho who is reunited with George Baker. Returning to a mile and a half will also help Ickymasho, who had some solid form as a three-year-old handicapper last year, and she's worth a bet. Hope You Dance is also respected under Jamie Spencer.

17:15 - Ballard Down shaped very well indeed on his reappearance in a big-field Ascot handicap this month and there should be more to come from this lightly-raced gelding. He's preferred to last-time-out maiden winners Status Quo and Dommersen, both of whom are similarly unexposed, promising types. Jintshi and White Shaheen also command respect.

17:45 - Castle Talbot shaped as if needing the run on return at Bath earlier this month, but looks fairly treated at present, and he's one to be interested in fitted with first-time blinkers. Barnaby Brook and Diamonds A Dancing can fight out the placings.

Recommendations:

Back Scarpeta in the 16:15
Back Ickymasho in the 16:45

Placepot permutation:
14:15 - 8
14:45 - 7
15:15 - 3
15:45 - 1, 3, 4
16:15 - 4
16:45 - 3
= 3 lines

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