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15:55 Wolverhampton This looks fairly competitive and most of them have scored around here over the distance, Ninjago would be an exception to that though and makes his course debut today. Without a win since March 2015 he often performs with plenty of credit in big field handicaps on the turf though it is interesting that he has won twice on artificial surfaces from three attempts. Trainer Paul Midgley will likely have a turf handicap in mind but it is interesting that his charge has gone well returning from breaks before and as his mark is slipping he is afforded the vote to run into the places at least. Rich Again is flying and has won his last two, proven over track and trip it would be foolish to suggest the handicapper has him in his grip and stall one looks perfect. Bosham is another drawn well (Stall 2) and his front running style makes him a very big player, his form has to be a concern but his yard have been amongst the winners of late and a big run looks on the cards. Steelriver is a desperately disappointing sort and he has had numerous chances to score that were much easier than this. Often looking unlucky in the run he has to be given a chance of sorts and the booking of the in form Oisin Murphy has to be considered a major positive. Fast Track, Gentleman and Upavon are others with claims in a wide open contest but Ninjago looks the value call. Ninjago (E/W if 9/2+)

16:25 Wolverhampton Our second selection of the day and a second visit to the all weather see’s Spes Nostra earning the NAP status and it would be most disappointing if he failed to deliver. Often backed I wouldn’t take much confidence from a market move but he is now 11lbs below a mark he won off last year and as a C&D winner he really has everything going for him, better still he has landed the plum draw in stall one so he has little excuse today. Medicine Hat looks a stayer but could run into the places, unexposed and a course winner he has to be considered a threat but he will need to travel. Fair Play easily beat Heart Locket when the pair last met but the latter has a decent swing in the weights todays and the first mentioned has since flopped, both have decent shouts but how well handicapped either are is questionable. Brigadoon has been in good heart but he has thrown in a few shocking efforts around here and is worth opposing and The Gay Cavalier although with the services of Kirby has something to prove at present. Spes Nostra (WIN) – NAP


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