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5.40 Wolverhampton – Basil Berry
The 5.40 Class 2 handicap is the jewel in crown of an otherwise low grade card at Wolverhampton. C A Dwyer’s Basil Berry was a cosy winner over course and distance last time out and with his well-being confirmed and a good draw, he looks to have a solid chance of going in again. Odds of 5/1 6.00 +500 5.00 5.00 -0.20 appeal.
Basil Berry was well backed last time out at Wolverhampton and went off a 4.50 favourite in a Class 3 contest. After a slow start, the son of Tobougg travelled strongly and then showed a good turn of foot to win by just over a length. Has been raised 5lbs from 93 to 98 and that mark still looks workable. It is a wide open contest, but there are question marks over some of his rivals. Likely to be nestled in the pack and a good pace should suit.
7.40 Wolverhampton – Tangramm
Tangramm was a previous selection for Sports Betting Online, and Dean Ivory’s gelding obliged by the narrowest of margins. Ivory has been waiting for another opportunity for his runner and that day is today – the son of Sakhee’s Secret looks to have found a very winnable contest. Off a mark of 63, he looks to have a great chance of landing the hat trick.
Tangramm didn’t show much in his first 3 starts, going off at huge prices, but a mark of 54 was clearly not beyond his ceiling of ability, as the son of Sakhee’s Secret finished a very close up second on handicap debut at odds of 20/1 21.00 +2000 20.00 20.00 -0.05 . As well as the switch to handicap company, the step up form sprinting trips to a mile could have been a contributing factor for the improvement in form. Built on that run with a victory last time out at Wolverhampton over 8.5 furlongs and followed that win up over the 9.5 furlongs distance at the same course. Was victorious by a head that day, and showed a willing attitude. Was raised just 4lbs for that success and there only look to be a couple of serious threats.
The main two dangers look like Equleus and Call Me Crockett. The former won a weakfish 8 furlong contest at Kempton and the latter has gone off short prices for his last two starts at Wolverhampton, finishing second on both occasions. Both runners have their merits, but are open to an unexposed performer – something Tangramm is.
Tips Summary (18th December)
7.40 Wolverhampton – Tangramm – 11/4 3.75 +275 2.75 2.75 -0.36 SkyBet