There's all-weather racing at Wolverhampton this evening and that's where we head for Friday's attempt at the Placepot...
C&D winner Sbraase was only narrowly denied here last week, beaten a short-head by an in-form rival, and he is expected to once again put up a bold show...
17:45- This isn't a particularly good race, but it's still competitive and we'll need to keep a couple on our side. Natalia is more consistent than most, while a first-time visor may spark some improvement, so she's the first horse that we'll turn to. Bold Max is a long-standing maiden, but he's been running respectably of late and ought to be on the premises, so is also worth including.
18:15- Lacey is on a long-losing run at present, but he might be worth chancing as he returns to handicap company from a reduced mark. He's clearly no banker proposition, though, so we'll also put Santayana in the permutation as he finished a creditable second at this course recently and will go close if turning up in similar heart this evening.
18:45- Ability N Delivery has been running well of late, finishing runner-up the last twice, and is seemingly on a fair mark. He hasn't won for a while, but that's of little concern for Placepot players, and a repeat of his recent performances should suffice.
19:15- Trending isn't one to put maximum faith in, but there's no doubt he's on a good mark if on a going day, and the booking of the excellent George Baker could prove a significant positive. We will also include Rat Catcher as he's been running consistently well of late and gained reward for those efforts when winning over C&D last week. He's not well treated under a penalty, but should give a good account again.
19:45- This is competitive stuff, so we'll include both Mambo Spirit and Give Us A Belle as they arrive in good form. Mambo Spirit improved on recent efforts to win at this course during the week, and will clearly prove a threat to all if able to back up that run, while Give Us A Belle has finished runner-up the last twice and her reliability is a big asset for Placepot punters.
20:15- C&D winner Sbraase was only narrowly denied here last week, beaten a short-head by an in-form rival, and he is expected to once again put up a bold show. James Tate's four-year-old is clearly effective over this C&D and is able to race from the same mark as last time, so seemingly has plenty in his favour.
17:45- 8, 9
18:15- 1, 6
19:15- 5, 8
19:45- 3, 4
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