Wolverhampton Placepot: Monday April 30

Wolverhampton Races.

Timeform's Simon Baker heads to Wolverhampton for Monday's placepot...

Edgeworth was better than ever when second in a well-contested amateurs handicap at Doncaster last time and ought to go well under Jamie Spencer...

17:55 - It'd be nice to think that 1.192/11 shot Fluctuate is vulnerable in the opener, as getting him out of the three would probably mean for a bumper payout, but there are few obvious chinks in his armour, with a reproduction of his eye-catching second in third Wood Ditton likely to be sufficient to go two better here, so it's an obvious banker to start.

18:25 - Goldstorm has an obvious chance under a penalty for her recent course-and-distance win, but she'll probably need to pull out a bit more all the same and is probably worth taking on for placepot purposes. Join Up and Lean Machine are both considerably more exposed, but they're competitively handicapped and arrive in some sort of form, making them more solid than most.

18:55 - Only two places on offer in the first of the card's claimers, but it's less competitive than the one in which Standpoint finished third last month and he'll probably only need to match that form to come out on top.

19:25 - This is pretty competitive so far as 0-70 handicaps go, with a few of them figuring on fair marks, most notably Edgeworth, who was better than ever when second in a well-contested amateurs handicap at Doncaster last time and ought to go well under Jamie Spencer. Edgeworth is the sort that needs a bit of luck, however, so there's a case for sticking in another and Wicked Spirit catches the eye more than most on her first outing for Mark Johnston. She'll probably be ridden prominently and will only need to improve a little to go close.

19:55 - There isn't much to separate Brenin Taran and Red Cape on form, but the rest all have a fair bit to find, so the obvious way to tackle the second claimer is to take the pair of them.

20:25 - Uprise didn't look anything out of the ordinary in three outings in 2011, but it'd still be a surprise if he didn't prove better than a mark of 73 and a drop back to sprinting could be just what he needs judged on pedigree. He's well worth inclusion, along with West Leake Hare, who looks a big price judged on his second in a hot nursery at Glorious Goodwood last season.

Selections:
17:55 - 4
18:25 - 6, 11
18:55 - 2
19:25 - 1, 4
19:55 - 1, 3
20:25 - 7, 9
= 16 lines

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