Through The Card: Wolverhampton, Saturday 8 December
Timeform take you through the card at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening...
"...he's just 3 lb higher and could prove very difficult to beat."
Timeform on C Note
17:15 - ARENDELLE (5) failed to stay the trip over a mile and a half at Newcastle on her most recent start in October, but she's slipped back down to just 1 lb higher than her last winning mark - when scoring at Windsor in July - and will appreciate the drop back to a mile this evening. She gets the vote ahead of Dashing Poet, who's holding her form reasonably well, whilst Red Gunner is another to consider.
17:45 - FIELDS OF ATHENRY (1) made a winning start in good style over C&D last month, picking up the lead a furlong out under Callum Shepherd, and keeping on well to score by just under two lengths. He has a penalty to should as a consequence here, and whilst he has a bit to find on form with the Frankel colt New King, that particular rival was held by by his greenness on his first start last time, and considering Fields of Athenry's professionalism on debut, it may be worth chancing that he can complete a double at a much bigger price than his main rival.
18:15 - In a race where form is at a premium, it looks worth siding with SUCELLUS (8), who represents powerful connections in the form of the John Gosden team, who have introduced some nice types on the All-Weather of late. A strong market move for anything in the run-up to this would be significant, but as it stands the biggest threat could come from Nabbeyl, who has shown plenty to work with in two starts so far and has experience on his side.
18:45 - An excellent race for the time of year, and there's plenty of reasons to support QUIET ENDEAVOUR (4), who was ultra progressive on the All-Weather over the summer, racking off a quickfire four-timer, before not looking himself in Group 3 company at Kempton on his most recent start in September. Dropped back down in class and granted a break, he can get back on track for the Archie Watson team at the expense of Charming Kid, who has been highly tried but isn't one to write off now eased in class.
19:15 - MONUMENTAL MAN (10) has been in fine form this year, picking up four wins, and he went down with all guns blazing when narrowly beaten by Delilah Park over C&D recently. He's now 2 lb better off with that rival, and is fancied to gain compensation by turning the tables. Danecase put in a good shift when fourth over 7f at Kempton last month and, back at his optimum trip, he is feared most.
19:45 - C NOTE (10) finally delivered what he has been promising when scoring at Newmarket in November, cashing in on his much reduced mark and showing his stamina over 10 furlongs. He won here on his sole previous visit in March, and whilst he faces an extra two furlongs here, he's just 3 lb higher and could prove very difficult to beat. The Frankel gelding Atty Persse has long promised plenty, and whilst he failed to land a blow when returning from a break in a listed contest at Kempton, he merits the utmost respect back in a handicap, while Not So Sleepy also needs considering.
20:15 - CLOUDLAM (7) was beaten at very short odds at Kempton last month, having no obvious excuses on the day, but she has a top pedigree (half-sister to 7f winner Robin Weathers) and remains capable of better yet. The combination of a step up in trip and the fitting of cheekpieces could well do the trick. Confederate gets the nod for forecast purposes ahead of 4-time hurdles winner Miss Crick.
20:45 - ARROWZONE (5) has been unlucky of late, unfortunate in each of his last two starts; having to wait for a gap two furlongs out when travelling fluently and keeping on at the finish. He will need plenty to drop right, but he's on a workable mark and may be the answer to this competitive-looking handicap, with the booking of Tom Marquand adding to his appeal. Last-time-out winners King Oswald and Man of Verve both merit plenty of respect, while Herm shouldn't be far away and Gembari is dangerous to discount having slipped to a career-low mark.
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