There's racing at Wolverhampton this afternoon, and that's where we head for Monday's attempt at the Placepot...
Crown Pleasure may be without a win but she has run a couple of stormers over C&D on her most recent outings, and Willie Musson's gradually progressive filly looks likely to launch another bold bid...
12:50- Plenty here are in with a decent shout, and the first horse that we'll turn to is Richard Fahey's French import Fleur des Mers. The form that Fleur des Mers showed in France is just about the best on offer and she is open to improvement for her new yard. We will also include Jumbo Prado as he has run a number of good races on this tapeta surface, including last time when finishing runner-up over further, and he ought to give his running.
13:20- Harry Hurricane wasn't disgraced when finishing in mid-division in a couple of ultra-competitive, valuable prizes during the summer, and he sets the standard on form. His breeding suggests that he'll be suited by the step up in trip, and we'll bank on George Baker's charge finishing in the places.
13:50- Oasis Spirit shaped better than the bare result when finishing fifth at Kempton recently and ought to give a good account here. Oasis Spirit was hampered two furlongs out at Kempton but made good headway before her effort flattened out close home. She's been relatively consistent of late and should give her running if granted a smooth passage.
14:20- Pat Mustard fared no better than respectably on his fibresand debut last time, but it's easy to forgive a horse a slightly disappointing showing on that surface, and he is entitled to be on the premises if bouncing back to the level of form that he showed at Kempton the time before. We will also include Missandei in the permutation as, although she looks to have reached her limit, a repeat of the level of form she displayed when getting outbattled over C&D last time should see her go close.
14:50- Long-standing maiden Blue Burmese seems to be going the right way since headgear has been applied, a good second at Southwell (1m) last time representing her best effort, and she has to be respected with this stiffer test of stamina likely to suit. Anniversarie showed her first piece of form on her handicap debut here last time, and she should be seen to better effect with that experience behind her and this step up in trip to her advantage.
15:20- Crown Pleasure may be without a win but she has run a couple of stormers over C&D on her most recent outings, and Willie Musson's gradually progressive filly looks likely to launch another bold bid. Crown Pleasure flashes her tail under pressure, but she does look to be putting it all in, and can be relied upon to go close again.
12:50- 4, 5
14:20- 1, 8
14:50- 6, 9
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