Tony McFadden heads to Wolverhampton aiming to land today's Placepot...
The penalty York Glory incurred for that win should make things more difficult, but he has always appealed as the type of horse that would be suited to the all-weather and there may be more to come from him on this surface...
13:10- Although disappointing on her last two starts, Gran Canaria Queen takes the eye having joined David O'Meara. Her new trainer has developed a reputation for improving his acquisitions and it would be little surprise to see Gran Canaria Queen bounce back to form. Silver Wind is also added to the perm based on two promising recent efforts at Nottingham and Doncaster. He has proven himself to be fully effective on the all-weather, notching up three wins at this venue, and should go well returning to the polytrack.
13:40- A competitive race on the face of it. However, My Own Way Home clearly benefitted from the drop back in trip when running well at Lingfield recently, looking unlucky not to finish closer than fourth, and is the first horse on the shortlist. We will also add Catalina's Diamond who finished third here earlier in the month on her return from three months off and may be capable of building on that effort.
14:10- The withdrawal of Sandaura reducing the field to seven makes things a bit trickier, but we will take a chance and rely on Sweet Vintage. A half-sister to the useful Senate, Sweet Vintage shaped with promise when finishing third over C&D earlier in the month. She remains unexposed, sets a decent standard for the others to aim at, and should be capable of taking this race.
14:45- Koo And The Gang hasn't really fired this year but, consequently, he has slipped to a favourable mark and his last couple of efforts haven't been without promise. It is probably a good idea to keep him onside as he is certainly capable of winning a race such as this. However, he doesn't appeal as the type to bank on, so we will also include Wyndham Wave. Rod Millman's gelding has been in good heart of late, finishing in the frame on his last five starts, and shouldn't be carrying too many units.
15:20- York Glory returned to form in tremendous style at Lingfield last week, travelling well in front and maintaining the gallop to win by half a length. The penalty he incurred for that win should make things more difficult, but he has always appealed as the type of horse that would be suited to the all-weather and there may be more to come from him on this surface.
15:50- John Butler's Red Eight showed improved form on his nursery debut at Kempton, only denied by the shortest of margins as he was caught in the final strides. He remains open to considerable improvement on the polytrack, but even a replication of the level of form he showed at Kempton would see him go close. Red Eight looks like a solid proposition and will be our sole selection in the final leg of the Placepot.
13:10- 5, 6
13:40- 2, 3
14:45- 8, 9
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