There's racing at Wolverhampton this evening, and that's where we head for Friday's attempt at the Placepot...
This is likely to be fought out between the Charlie Appleby pair of Arabian Oasis and North America, and we'll keep things simple by including both in the Placepot...
17:45- Short-priced favourite Takafol has the most appealing profile, and is likely to be the best of these in time, but his yard are going through a quiet spell at the moment, so he makes limited appeal from a Placepot perspective. We'll instead turn to newcomer Chapeau Bleu, who makes some appeal on pedigree, and the exposed Narborough, who often finishes in the frame despite not looking the most resolute.
18:15- Divine Call isn't the easiest to win with but he comes here on the back of a creditable runner up effort at this course, and a similar level of performance would see him on the premises. C&D winner Hamis Al Bin, who also hails from the Milton Bradley yard, was below his best last time, but he had excuses, and his previous effort suggests that he's in decent enough form when the cards fall right.
18:45- Richard Fahey's Van Wilder improved on his encouraging debut effort to win a C&D maiden, and he may well do better. He's the most unexposed of this lot and ought to go close for his in-form yard.
19:15- Taws showed herself to be a likeable filly during a successful campaign last season, and she should give a good account on her return to action. This is a competitive contest, though, so we will also include Capellanus as he shaped better than the result suggests over hurdles last time, not placed to best effect, and he's capable of making an impact from this kind of mark.
19:45- Woodbridge benefited from the drop in trip when resuming winning ways over C&D two weeks ago, and he is worth siding with from just a 2 lb higher mark. Woodbridge is in good form, fairly treated and looks sure to give his running, so is banker Placepot material with three places on offer.
20:15- This is likely to be fought out between the Charlie Appleby pair of Arabian Oasis and North America, and we'll keep things simple by including both in the Placepot. Unsurprisingly, the Godolphin duo boast price tags and pedigrees that put their rivals into the shade, and they remain with the most potential having been lightly raced as juveniles. They should prove too good.
17:45- 2, 7
18:15- 4, 7
19:15- 2, 3
20:15- 4, 5
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