Timeform's Matt Gardner sticks to the all-weather as he tackles the Wolverhampton Placepot on Thursday...
"There are a couple of probable pace-setters in this field which could set things up ideally for Lady Of Burgundy, who customarily travels nearer last than first in her races..."
13:40 - Silca's Dream and Alhaarth Beauty set a clear standard in the opener and, for all that the former will potentially boast a fitness advantage, we are going to bank upon Alhaarth Beauty. The three-year-old is admittedly beginning to look exposed but made the frame three times when trained by Richard Hannon and has hit the places on each of her starts since switching to her current yard who, incidentally, have been in excellent form so far in 2013.
14:10 - A non-runner has left us needing the winner here and the suspicion is that it will develop into a battle with La Sylphe and Annaley My Darling. The former boasts better form on fibresand than polytrack so we will side with the Jo Hughes-trained Annaley My Darling, who is yet to win a race in four attempts but should make amends for that on her first attempt at this level.
14:40 - There are a couple of probable pace-setters in this field which could set things up ideally for Lady Of Burgundy, who customarily travels nearer last than first in her races. The seven-year-old has shaped better than the bare result on a number of occasions of late and did so once more on her most recent start, over C&D, 10 days ago, conceding first run to eventual winner Bernisdale. She looks just about ready to strike, and can prove that point here.
15:15 - Pace, or lack of it, is once again to the forefront of our thoughts here with there likely to be very little competition for the lead in this two mile event. Bearing that in mind we may be best served by taking on McBirney, who pulled too hard on his only previous crack at this trip, and instead side with both Hallstat and Murcar, who tend to race more prominently than their rivals and could be advantaged.
15:50 - All five have a decent chance here, none more so than current favourite Regal Hawk who made a winning racecourse debut at this venue in October. For Placepot purposes however we are more interested in High Troja and Open Letter, who boast greater racecourse experience than their main rival and remain open to further improvement themselves, so we should get at least one of them through.
16:20 - Watt Broderick could go off pretty short here but, though he has been fairly consistent since joining this yard, he has something of an "all or nothing" feel to him in this race so we will instead side with Space War and Ishikawa. The former is on a handy mark and hails from a yard that is more than capable of readying one after an absence and Ishikawa is pretty consistent and is going through a good spell at present, so ought to give a decent account of himself.
13:40 - 6
14:10 - 4
14:40 - 2
15:15 - 1, 7
15:50 - 1, 4
16:20 - 2, 6
= 8 lines