A typical class 6 race with 10 participants and 7 of them have been known to lead before, there is at the moment 3 courses with this surface to analyse, Red Flute and Lady Nayef are 2nd and 3rd top rated on Chelmsford times with Ask The Guru top rated, Quality Art and Ask The Guru are 1st and 2nd top rated on Kempton times but only 1lb separates them, then switching to course and distance times I've got 3 horses in co-third spot, Pharoh Jake, Frank The Barber and Red Flute, my 2nd top rated is TEMPLE ROAD 11/4 who is being ridden by a 7lb claiming apprentice in this apprentice riders race but I watched this lad ride a very good race on Tuesday and he looks well worth his claim and that moves it into top spot going 2lbs ahead of Ask The Guru who was the original top rated, it looks like there will be trouble in running with so many wanting to lead and my top rated is usually held up and will need a degree of luck from stall 4 to get a trouble free run and it's not guaranteed from stall 7 Ask The Guru will get to the front or a trouble free run, so whatever it looks like a gamble whichever way I go but I'm hoping they go too fast up front and play into the hooves of the staying on selection but stakes will be kept below maximum and the price doesn't give much value I thought about 4/1, so here's hoping.
Temple Road 11/4 2nd
5:45 Wolverhampton - (II)
Another class 6 affair with 11 runners and only Kyllach Me known as a front-running type but its best time here doesn't put it in my top 5 so will probably set it up for 1 of the others, Top Cop who is a hold up type is my 3rd top rated and my 2nd top rated Smart DJ also usually deploys the same tactics and both ought to be staying on at the finish, I'm hoping my selection from stall 7 cab follow the leader across to the rails and get a good early position from which to attack late on, if CITY OF ANGKOR WAT 10/1 is ridden close to the pace it should have every chance, if held up then it usually takes too much time to get into top gear and stays on too late to catch the leaders up at least the price allows for me to do it each way but maybe a bet in running could pay dividends.
City Of Angkor Wat 10/1 5th
6:15 Wolverhampton (II)
This 2nd division looks just as competitive as the 1st but only 3 known pace setters in this race but none of them look good enough on the clock to win this race, with its 5lb claiming apprentice riding Hamish McGonagain is my 3rd top rated its a hold up sort but hasn't been in good form in recent runs and may need this run for fitness having not run since September, Mr Chuckles 2/1 is my 2nd top rated and its only 2lb off top spot and this one showed signs of returning to form last time out when finishing 2nd beaten half a length but the price is poor value, DIAMOND VINE 16/1 is the top rated but hasn't been in form recently but this one is capable of coming back to form without warning so I will be going with an each way wager, I was going to go with backing my top 2 but I would rather go with my actual top rated and hope it springs back to form.
Diamond Vine 25/1 5th
7:15 Wolverhampton -
Save the best race till last, this class 4 race has 13 runners with 2 known front running types being Captain Dion who could be hidden danger and Oriental Relation who is my 4th top rated, Fast Track who hasn't run on this surface before is dropped in class and would be very dangerous if taking to the surface, Parkour is my 3rd top rated and usually races prominently, SOPHISTICATED HEIR 6/1 who has been running consistently good enough to make the frame in this class of race and starts off as 2nd top but is being ridden by a 7lb claiming apprentice which then moves it 1lb above my original top rated HIGHLAND ACCLAIM 16/1 who is also dropped in class and if getting a clear run from stall 11 must have a decent chance and I think I have to back them both if I'm having a bet but only to small stakes with the possible dangers blunting my confidence and at the prices it will be a win bet and an each way bet but would be happier if they were both proper each way prices.
Sophisticated Heir 6/1 5th
Highland Acclaim NR