We begin today’s preview on the tapeta at Wolves, where we take in a six furlong claimer with ten currently scheduled to go to post. Josephine Gordon is very much a jockey to keep on the right side of at the moment and her mount City Of Angkor Wat arrives here in good form having won over course and distance last time out. With a strike rate approaching 60% for making the frame when racing at Wolves the duo look sure to be in the mix at the business end but I fear may find one too good in what looks to be a tougher race today.
Malaysian Boleh is another who has a decent strike rate here at Wolves, having a 50% strike rate for making the frame. He has been running consistently well without quite getting his nose in front but has won off higher marks in tougher races than this in the past and with three places available he should be capable of running in to a place at the very least.
Others to consider include Secret Look who won last time out but is yet to figure in four attempts away from turf and Thee And Me who hasn’t been in the best of form recently but both career wins came here on the tapeta.
Malaysian Boleh (E/W)
Moi Aussie was hard ridden to win over course and distance on her penultimate run. Raised 4lbs for that effort she just failed to double up yet has since been raised a further 4lbs and was last of eleven the last time she raced off todays’ mark.
Constable Clouds finished two lengths behind Moi Aussie when they last met but races off the same mark today so should give the favourite a good battle. He will likely prove popular with punters now Ryan Moore takes over in the saddle but has just one placed effort from six career runs so isn’t one to have the most faith in.
Gulland Rock has won two of his last three runs here at Wolves and finished a respectable third last time out, however has gone up 2lbs for that effort and has failed to make an impression off this mark in recent months.
With question marks over the market principles I am going to take a somewhat speculative punt on the outsider of the field Tsarglas. His recent form has been poor to say the least and he could quite easily disappoint again but jockey Royston Ffrench has made the frame in one in three over the last two weeks and I simply cannot let a multiple course and distance winner who is 6lbs below his last winning mark go off at odds of around 25/1 without having a small play.
Richard Fahey is one of the most consistent trainers here at Pontefract in recent years, posting decent winning strike rates and level stakes profits results, and relies on Stardrifter to attempt to continue with these stats today. He drops down in grade for todays’ race and is partnered with in-form young jockey Adam McNamara who claims a valuable 5lbs, meaning the four year old Rock Of Gibraltar gelding is effectively running 2lbs below his last winning mark.
Palmerston looks likely to go off as favourite after showed marked improvement to win at Thirsk last time out, beating Fort Jefferson who has since gone on to win twice. However, he has attempted todays’ trip on three occasions without success and has a 5lbs rise to contend with here so may have to settle for minor honours here.
Therefore the biggest danger could come from Miss Ranger who although is yet to win from a mark this high she was a ready winner last time out and has a good record over ten furlongs, winning twice and placing twice from five attempts.
Stardrifter (E/W if 9/2+)