Wolverhampton Placepot: Monday February 17

Wolverhampton is the venue for today's Placepot.

Timeform's Matt Gardner tackles the Placepot on the polytrack at Wolverhampton...

"The obvious starting point is Dangerous Age, who completed the hat-trick over C&D in October and was an unlucky loser on his return at Kempton..."

14:15 - It's difficult to make a strong case for many in the opening leg, the first of two amateur riders' affairs, but Fair Breeze looks the one to beat under top pilot Simon Walker. He comes here on the back of a fine effort in defeat when second to subsequent winner Waving here earlier this month and should go very close if in similar form.

14:45 - The second amateur rider's race is also pretty tricky though Whisky n' Stout makes some appeal as a starting point having improved, on his first start for this yard, at Kempton recently. The best option as a second selection may be Funky Munky, who was probably beaten on merit last time but seems more likely than most to run his race.

15:15 - This looks set to develop into a battle between Golden Jubilee and The Blue Dog, both of whom arrive here in top form. At present there are three places to play for so it's fairly safe to bank on one of them with Golden Jubilee, who's just 6 lb higher than when winning a race that's worked out well at Kempton in November, the one selected.

15:45 - The Richard Hannon-trained newcomer Abyaat has to be respected but preference, again with three places to aim at, is Coillte Cailin. She should have won here last time, essentially worried out of it at the finish, so she's far from certain to get off the mark today but her form suggests that she should hit the places.

16:15 - Kindlelight Storm looked better than ever when belatedly gaining a second win in handicaps over C&D last month and he seems sure to go well after a 6 lb rise. It's also worth sticking in I Confess, a multiple all-weather winner over the years who showed that some life may remain when running well enough in a Kempton claimer last time. He could sneak a place if building on that.

16:45 - There's plenty of pace on here which should tee things up for a closer, particularly as the leaders tend to swing wide off the bend at Wolverhampton which creates gaps for those held-up to pick their way through. The obvious starting point is Dangerous Age, who completed the hat-trick over C&D in October and was an unlucky loser on his return at Kempton, meeting with interference and going down by a short-head. The second selection will be Muhdiq, who looked to be coming to the boil when second last time and is certainly one to be interested in.

Selections: 
14:15 - 6
14:45 - 2, 11
15:15 - 8
15:45 - 4
16:15 - 1, 7
16:45 - 11, 12
= 8 lines


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