Timeform's Matt Gardner takes to the all-weather at Wolverhampton for Monday's crack at the Placepot...
2With three places on offer it is almost impossible to oppose the lightly-raced and progressive Moss Hill, who was narrowly denied by Romanticize on his most recent outing..."
13:50 - It is quite possible that Striker Torres, who is well treated on the pick of his form from last year, could bounce back having had a break but we are most interested in both Romanticize and Abhaath. The first mentioned hasn't been dealt with too harshly by the handicapper for her win over C&D last time, so she should go close once more, whilst Abhaath, who doesn't have the greatest strike-rate, has been running respectably of late and seems sure to do so again.
14:20 - With three places on offer it is almost impossible to oppose the lightly-raced and progressive Moss Hill, who was narrowly denied by Romanticize on his most recent outing. The suspicion is that he has yet more to offer and his mostly exposed rivals face a difficult task in attempting to beat him.
14:50 - Tango Sky will probably return to some sort of form now dropped into this grade but the most solid option is Dark Lane, trained by David Evans, who has already enjoyed a profitable 2012, is a dependable sort and sets a decent standard here.
15:20 - Tidy Affair completed the hat-trick with something to spare last time but a lack of pace could just hinder him here, so we are going to take him on with Keep Kicking and Bold Duke. The first mentioned was unsuited by the drop to 10 furlongs last time but that run did qualify him for a mark and he is back up to a mile and a half here whilst Bold Duke, who stepped up on his reappearance when fourth at Windsor earlier this month, cannot be ruled out as he is still lightly-raced for one his age.
15:50 - A non-runner has made this tricky claimer just that bit more difficult, but we are still going to bank on Hurricane Spirit as he begins life for a new yard. The nine-year-old wasn't at his very best last time but he is the pick at the weights and could find things panning out in his favour, which is in contrast to his main rival Officer In Command who won't get the decent gallop he seemingly requires.
16:20 - Call Ahead very nearly went in as a banker in this leg, as she shaped with plenty of promise on debut at Newmarket 11 days ago, but we haven't used up too many lines in the previous legs so we shall also stick in Cavalieri, who kept on well once the penny had dropped at Kempton last month and is entitled to progress.
13:50 - 4, 6
14:20 - 8
14:50 - 3
15:20 - 2, 5
15:50 - 7
16:20 - 3, 7
= 8 lines