LOCKED N' LOADED (2.50) is a standout each-way bet if all eight runners go to post in the mile nursery at Wolverhampton.
The colt has turned over a new leaf since joining Tim FitzGerald, scoring with plenty in hand from Hugo Palmer's Eventful here over nine furlongs before chasing home useful Summeronsevenhills on a return visit to Dunstall Park seven days ago. Locked N'Loaded had the 78-rated Arabian Moon well held in third and this drop in trip should prove no inconvenience.
Favourite Queen Gamrah could hardly have been more impressive when making all for a clear-cut success at Newcastle last month and she might be hard to catch if poaching a lead. Baadirr has finished runner-up in all three all-weather attempts, the latest coming at Kempton when made to look a bit one-paced by Siberian Night. William Haggas applies cheek-pieces. Lady Red Moon has been off the track 93 days but Marco Botti has been among the winners this month and she should go well if wound up.
PACTOLUS (3.55) readily landed the 1m 1f handicap on this card 12 months ago and will be hard to beat again off only a 2lb higher mark. He has been a grand servant to Stuart Williams and Pactolus remains in top form judged on his second to Victory Bond at Lingfield early last month.
The bookies have priced him up quite short and the same applies to DOCUMENTING (4.55) in the concluding Betway Conditions Stakes over six furlongs. Kevin Frost usually races him over seven furlongs but Documenting is not short of speed if getting a strong gallop to attack. Market rival Corinthia Knight often goes off quite hard and the race could be set up for Documenting's finishing kick. He bolted home by seven lengths here in February when the cards fell perfectly.
RENARDEAU (4.25) is well treated in the 1m 4f handicap as he goes unpenalised for his comfortable success in a Lingfield apprentices' event just eight days ago. Ali Stronge appears to have an improving three-year-old on his hands and Renardeau gets the vote over Golden Wolf. Formerly pretty smart for Richard Hughes, Golden Card has been sent off 100-1 on his last three outings, never showing. However, this represents a drop in class and he is attractively treated off his falling mark. It would be no surprise to see him supported in the betting market.
Clap Your Hands isn't one of David Simcock's stable stars but his course second to Interdream was made to look better when third horse Dance To Paris scored here last week. Dream Magic scooted home by more than four lengths over course and distance in early December and rates an obvious threat. However, inexperienced Mollie Phillips takes over from Richard Kingscote, which is a worry if you are putting the money down hoping for a repeat performance.
The opening handicap features a warm favourite in Inaam, the subject of a successful course and distance gamble last month. He is up 7lb and the second and third horses were well beaten on their next starts. On that basis Inaam might be worth opposing and SMOKEY LANE (1.40) is worth an each-way interest under promising apprentice Laura Pearson. Smokey Lane was a dual winner on the turf in October (soft/heavy) and ran a fine third to Samovar on his latest start at Southwell. This is Smokey Lane's first attempt on the Tapeta surface but that unknown is probably factored into his tempting odds. Ghaith has his first start for David Loughname and is another worth considering along with Robero, although Gay Kelleway's stable has been quiet lately.
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