With 22 runners where do I start? Half the field I can find negatives against them which does help narrow it down and I'm only going to comment on those who are still on my radar, Clear Spring won't want it to be too fast -Toofi is a hold up type and might struggle to catch the front runner,- the same applies to Bunt Sugar – Iseemist is one of 3 that is known to lead but maybe not good enough to do so in this race – Red Pike could lead and is only 4th top rated and stall 6 might not be ideal – BLAINE is my 2nd top rated and a front-running type stall 7 may not be ideal but it could go to whichever side looks to be running the fastest – George Bowen is 5th top rated and stall 17 could help its cause – Ninjago is 3rd top on my figures and a hold up type and drawn high in 19 – Louis The Poius ought to be staying on at the finish but maybe not quickly enough to catch some of these but stall 20 isn't a hindrance – FENDALE is my top rated and despite being bottom of the handicap doesn't look to be outclassed and has stall 22.
SUMMARY: It is certainly a competitive race and 22 runners make it quite hard to analyse and even then a runner will need a degree of luck to get everything to go its way, I'm hoping that BLAINE 10/1 can get to the front from stall 7 and if doing so could be hard to catch and the danger could be FENDALE 12/1 and the pair of them finished 2nd and 3rd with half a length between them last time out at Haydock and race again off the same weight difference, Fendale raced prominently that day and from stall 22 I expect it will try the same tactics here whilst Blaine also racing prominently went past it nearing the finish but only to be beaten in a photo finish and I'm going with backing them both each way to show a profit whichever one does the business.
Fendale 12/1 7th
Blaine 16/1 Unp
5:50 Wolverhampton -
This class 6 stakes race is dire, in fact very dire, anyone of Ershaad, Rojina and Whispering Wolf are the most likely to set the pace and if any of them get an uncontested lead they could be dangerous, a quick glance at the car and the only one that looks to have very much form at all is KRAZY PAVING 3/1 and its the only one that's got a recorded time on my figures so I doubt there will be much value (its actually bigger than I thought) and the inconsistency will put me off backing with any real confidence so any stakes will be kept low.
Krazy Paving 3/1 2nd