Wolverhampton Placepot: Monday November 19

Richard Fahey is the trainer of Valery Borzov.

Timeform's Matt Gardner takes to the all-weather at Wolverhampton for Monday's Placepot...

"Valery Borzov should get away with seven furlongs around this track and is on a more than workable handicap mark, so ought to be right in the firing line..."

14:00 - This is a fairly open contest but the Mark Johnston-trained Kingsmere, who has improved steadily throughout his career to date, caught the eye on his most recent start at Nottingham and appeals as a good starting point. After nine weeks off the two-year-old was left with a hopeless task from his position, denied a run two furlongs out before staying on once in the clear to take third. It is worth taking a bit of insurance in the form of Gabrial The Boss, who is no longer progressing but has shown on occasion he can be competitive from this sort of mark. He ran one of his better races equipped with a tongue-tie for the first time on his latest outing and, with the aide in place once more, he should go well. 

14:30 - This is a horrible race from a Placepot perspective, with just two places to aim for and none of the seven participants making any real appeal. It's probably best to side with Claude Greenwood, who has had his limitations exposed but is in with a fair chance if close to his best, and Myzamour, who sprang a surprise when winning over C&D in August and could prove a different proposition now returned to this surface. 

15:00 -  Srinagar Girl sets a fair standard but we're going to take her on with the John Gosden-trained Willow Beck, who strikes as a likely improver on the back of her debut at Kempton last month. The two-year-old looked green that day, racing in snatches somewhat, but the lasting impressions was that there is better to come and she looks certain to go close. 

15:30 - I don't really want to put Tarooq in here given that he has something to prove having been pulled up on his latest start, but with just for runners we need to select the winner and we cannot risk him bouncing back to form without his name on our ticket. The Ian Williams-trained Light From Mars has looked resurgent of late and ought to go well down in grade, so he is the other one to take. 

16:00 - Restaurateur is beginning to amass an excellent record on the all-weather, winning twice and finishing second twice from four starts, and his win over C&D on his latest outing earned him an inclusion in the Timeform Notebook. It's also worth siding with Showboating, who shaped well at Warwick last month and can go close with a return to seven furlongs likely to pose no problems. 

16:30 - Light Burst will prove popular in the closing leg in his hat-trick attempt, but a 9 lb rise for his latest win at Brighton will make life harder and the 'pot will be worth more were he to miss out, so we will take him on with Valery Borzov. The eight-year-old has been running respectably of late and shaped better than the result when fourth in a claimer at this venue last time. He should get away with seven furlongs around this track and is on a more than workable handicap mark, so ought to be right in the firing line. 

Selections: 
14:00 - 5, 13
14:30 - 1, 7
15:00 - 11
15:30 - 3, 6
16:00 - 8, 10
16:30 - 1
= 16 lines 

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