Rory Paddock analyses the all-weather meetings from both Newcastle and Wolverhampton and finds a quartet of horses that could go well at solid prices.
JEN’S FELLA may be a five race maiden however the yard of Ian Williams have been in great recent form and he showed his best when fourth at Lingfield last time out. Having only ever raced on the all-weather once before he produced his most impressive performance. Returning to an artificial surface this three year old seems to be on an upward curve and can capitalise with another solid performance.
JEN’S FELLA (E/W)
The second race on the card here at the Midlands venue sees eight set to line up for this 1m1f contest. Half of the field have former course victories and my selection hails from this quartet.
The likes of Kingson and Plansina have been pretty consistent and the five year old looks to be the one I fear the most however Roger Fell’s AL OZZDI shouldn’t be far away. His course form here at Wolverhampton consists of two placed finishes and a victory from just five starts here. He’s only finished outside of the top four once and a return to this venue should be a positive step especially as he’s now back to his last winning mark.
AL OZZDI (E/W)
Newcastle closes Saturday’s meeting with a five furlong sprint where the Ruth Carr trained SUWAAN looks to be the forgotten horses. He’s been woeful so far this term but now sits at 7lbs below his sole all-weather winning mark. The yard have been in blistering form of late and if the money comes for the six year old that’ll be a great indicator as to his chances. Making his second start since a wind operation he may be primed to go close.
The penultimate race of the entire day sees a class 5 handicap sprint over six furlongs where one of the UK’s top flat jockeys, Danny Tudhope is set to climb aboard former course winner STORM OVER. His recent form figures resemble a landline telephone number however we can find encouragement when just analysing his figures here at Wolverhampton. At the midlands based venue he has form that reads 1, 2, 2, 6. He competed in a Class 4 event last time out so a drop to this grade should also be a massive positive. He’s produced some winning performances in Class 2 races previously so at this level he should have enough in the locker to put his opposition to bed.
STORM OVER (E/W)
written by Rory Paddock