Wolverhampton Placepot: Tuesday April 24

Wolverhampton Racecourse.

Of the two all-weather cards, Wolverhampton's afternoon meeting makes more appeal as a placepot target than Southwell for Timeform's Dominic Finn...

"My Kingdom is almost certainly still ahead of his mark and has plenty in his favour, so he's a straightforward first pick in the seven-furlong handicap..."

2:20 - Those with established form in the opener have already showed themselves to be vulnerable, so I'm going to side with a couple of handicap debutants instead. The selections, Ghazeer and Kai, shaped with encouragement with an eye on dropping back in trip last time and have the draw and jockey bookings as extra positives.

2:50 - Bawaardi has the best form in the claimer, but he's not been at the top of his game of late and, for placepot purposes, Spinning Ridge and Unlimited appeal as more reliable propositions, the latter arguably unfortunate not to win at the track on Saturday night.

3:20 - My Kingdom is almost certainly still ahead of his mark and has plenty in his favour, so he's a straightforward first pick in the seven-furlong handicap. Otherwise, it's a very tough decision, but Amazing Star was an impressive C&D winner on reappearance and shaped as if still in form on heavy ground at Leicester subsequently, so he's the tentative second choice.

3:55 - A mark of 53 vastly underestimates Fade To Grey if he can replicate his hurdling form but, returning from a break and having just his sixth Flat outing, he doesn't really have the makings of a placepot banker and is instead opposed with Hallstatt and Hit The Switch, who are both familiar with the track and represent in-form stables.

4:30 - Diamond Dame is likely to be a popular choice in the 3-y-o maiden, but Sir Michael Stoute's runners haven't seemed fully tuned up for their first outing this year, so he's best opposed with Tenbridge and Mr Fong, the former setting the standard on form.

5:05 - Like the opener, those with plenty of racing under their belts are likely to prove vulnerable in the final leg, so I'm going to side with the less excposed sorts. Very few Michael Bell horses start life in handicaps from a mark in the 40s and fail to win races and, on the back of an encouraging handicap debut at Warwick (runner-up to Master's Blazing), Mexican Wave is the obvious first choice. He's accompanied by the well bred Lost Highway, who's fifth to Mojave at Leicester last October is a strong piece of form and she may well have strengthened up over the winter.

Selections:

2:20 - 3, 4
2:50 - 3, 5
3:20 - 1, 4
3:55 - 4, 5
4:30 - 3, 7
5:05 - 2, 10
= 64 lines

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