Wolverhampton Placepot: Monday February 23

Wolverhampton stage racing on Monday afternoon
Wolverhampton stage racing on Monday afternoon

There's all-weather racing at Wolverhampton this afternoon and that's where we head for Monday's attempt at the Placepot...

15:00- It's possible that Mukaynis will need further than this to be seen to best effect, but he did win over C&D last time and ought to put up another good effort, so makes plenty of appeal from a Placepot perspective. The withdrawal of Pearl Noir has reduced the field to seven, however, meaning only two will progress in the Placepot, so it makes sense to also include Arctic Lynx for a bit of insurance. Arctic Lynx was disappointing at Southwell last time, but he's built up a good record on this tapeta surface and is the type to bounce back quickly.

15:30- Devilution shaped better than the bare result when finishing runner-up over C&D last time, and ought to put up another bold showing. Derek Shaw's three-year-old seems to be getting his act together and looks well up to winning off his current mark, just 3 lb higher than when finishing a never-nearer second last time. With three places still on offer, we'll bank on Devilution in the Placepot.

16:00- Van Wilder showed promise when finishing third of four here on debut, and he should be a different proposition with the benefit of that experience under his belt. The drop in trip isn't sure to suit, though, so we'll also add the well-bred More Spice as he shaped as if in need of the run when finishing last on debut, but could improve significantly with that initial outing behind him.

16:30- This is a tricky, close-knit handicap and finding the winner won't be easy. Moccasin makes some appeal as he has run well at this venue before, impressing with his consistency and reliability, and he shaped as if still in decent form when doing too much too soon at Southwell last time. He is joined in the permutation by Sioux Chieftain as he is well treated on the pick of his form and his trainer is going well, so could well bounce back from a disappointing effort last time. 

17:00- Godolphin's Dream Child was a cosy winner over an extended mile and a half last time, winning in the style of a horse that's still ahead of the handicapper, and the drop back in trip shouldn't pose a problem as she's a three-time C&D winner. There could still be more to come and she's difficult to oppose. 

17:30- Antiquarium showed plenty of ability on debut, finishing runner-up over C&D last week, and, with improvement forthcoming, she should have few problems getting off the mark. 

Recommendations:
15:00- 6, 8
15:30- 6
16:00- 7, 13
16:30- 1, 7
17:00- 1
17:30- 1
= 8 lines

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