Thursday sees Rizzel head to Wolverhampton for his three best selections…
ZAFARANAH made an encouraging start for her new trainer, Stephen Hanlon. She was previously trained by Stella Barclay, and Stella struggled to get the best out of her, which saw her handicap mark drop from 75 to 58, which means she is well handicapped.
On her first start for Stephen Hanlon, she finished 3rd, being beat by 3 lengths. Van Dijk was second that day, he has since won, and competes against Zafaranah with a 6lb swing in the weights, which makes it a hard task to confirm the form. All You Wish was back in fourth, and he also runs again today, but I think he will struggle to reverse the form with Zafaranah, who would have come on for her run at the start of May, with it being her first run in 98 days.
The step up in trip should suit, with her best form coming over a mile, and running well over 8.5f at this track. When she was trained by Pam Sly in 2019, she finished second over C&D off a mark of 76.
Advised: Each Way
The second race on the card at Wolverhampton sees the lowest form of Class 6 race taking place (0-50). These kind of races generally aren't too competitive as the majority of the horses aren't very good, hence why they are rated below 50, but also they are really out of form, which makes it an obvious pick for the main chances. This however, looks trickier than normal, but I think MIRACLE GARDEN has a good chance of getting his head in front.
This eight time winner tends to run his best races in the Classified Stakes races. This has been on show recently where he won by 2.5 lengths in March. The other two times he had finished 2nd and 3rd, on both occasions he was running on strongly over 6f. Today, he races over 7f, so hopefully the extra furlong will help his chances, as he seems a strong stayer over the 6f trip.
William Carver seems to get on well with the horse, and will take off a handy 5lbs. The only downfall is the fact he's drawn in stall 8, and can often be positioned towards the rear, and makes his challenge down the wide outside. Hopefully, William can position him closer to the pace, making his life easier.
Advised: Each Way
I'm going to take a chance that the odds on favourite is far too short. In a race which looks to be between the top two in the market, I think ANOTHER DAWN looks the bet.
I advise to watch the race of Another Dawn on debut, as I think she made a very impressive debut when you consider the start and ground she made up. She came out the stalls last, was positioned towards the rear, the jockey repeatedly looked down at her legs as he must've thought she wasn't travelling, but when she entered the straight she powered home, and finished 3rd. The form of that race isn't great by any stretch of the imagination, as the winner is the only one to boost it (Chocoya is now rated 96, and was a neck second to Happy Romance in a Listed race).
The form isn't what makes me think she can win this, it was the way she picked up, and with that experience under her belt and with the winter break to mature, she could be a much better version of what we saw. I think she will be a better 3yo than 2yo, as George Boughey only let her make her debut in October, which is extremely late for a horse who runs over 6f, generally they are out much sooner. This gives the impression that they think she will be much better this year, but wanted to bag a bit of race experience. She is well bred, and the step-up to 7f looks to suit.
The favourite is far too short in my opinion. She ran well in April, but the form has taken a few knocks, and I think she is that short due to the owner silks/trainer/jockey combination.
12:00 Leicester - Race: 1
12:30 Leicester - Race: 2
12:40 Listowel - Race: 1