TUKHOOM (4.15) is the value bet under promising 7lb apprentice Angus Villiers in the claimer at Wolverhampton.
David O'Meara's six-year-old has enjoyed a productive year and his neck second to Love Dreams over course and distance in September was sandwiched between victories at Beverley and Sandown. Tukhoom had one of today's principal rivals Azzeccagarbugli well held in eighth at Sandown and can confirm places on 6lb worse terms. Likely favourite Unforgiving Minute holds runner-up Azzeccagarbugli on recent Chelmsford City form (Shady McCoy a disappointing fourth following a tardy start) but is drawn very wide in stall 11 over this sharp 7f trip.
MICHELE STROGOFF (5.15) is an habitual front-runner and his chance rests on getting an uncontested lead. He found himself harried for pole position over course and distance 15 days ago when Storm Ahead swooped fast and late off a strong gallop. Storm Ahead is 5lb worse off.
WESTERN DUKE (6.45) was in the wrong position at Kempton last time, sitting out the back off a pedestrian pace before staying on into fifth spot behind Pianissimo. That was his first start for 88 days and he should strip a bit sharper for that outing. Ian Williams saddled Western Duke to land a 1m 4f handicap at Ascot in July and that looks stronger form than Dance To Paris's third to Inteldream.
Consistent Rajinsky would have a big shout if settling better than he did at Newcastle when pulling for his head before staying on into fourth in the 1m 2f handicap won by Big Daddy Kane. This longer trip also poses a question and Western Duke appears the safer option.
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