TALAP (7.15) is a worthy favourite in the one-mile Nursery at Wolverhampton this evening.
Roger Varian's colt failed by a head to get off the mark in the Windsor mud last time but his previous third at Redcar received a huge boost yesterday when his conqueror Convict hosed up by four lengths at Newmarket. Talap is nicely drawn in stall three.
FUTURISTIC (6.00) looked a horse to follow when winning at Newcastle last week and is fancied to overcome a 6lb penalty stepping up another furlong at Chelmsford City.
The son of Shamardal didn’t appear badly treated on a mark of 75 for his handicap debut at Newcastle, an observation not lost on those shrewd punters who backed James Tate’s colt into 2-1 favourite. There was never a worry as P J McDonald took his mount to the front over a furlong out and Futuristic fairly stretched clear in the manner of a horse that would stay further.
Futuristic chased home Brushwood at Newcastle at the end of September, with MOMENT OF SILENCE (7.00) well held in fourth. Saeed bin Suroor's three-year-old should have benefited from that debut effort and Moment Of Silence can go close in the Novice Stakes for fillies.