Biff Johnson to Bully Rivals at Wolverhampton


1:50 Wolverhampton – La Asomada

Punters looking at their Monday race cards will generally see low grade action on the all-weather at Wolverhampton, but there are a few decent bets to be had. La Asomada is the first of them and anything odds against looks value. She is available at odds of +110 and looks to have an outstanding opportunity to build on her comeback run over course and distance 10 days ago.

Last time out, David Barron’s runner was making her handicap debut off a mark of 60 when beaten by a horse who was in the process of racking up a sequence. She had not been seen since September, so was entitled to have needed the run and is likely to be even sharper this time around. Was held up that day and travelled into the race powerfully, but was eventually done by the winner’s strong finish. That effort was by no means bad, and the field that the daughter of Arabian Gleam faces today, looks much weaker. From stall 3, Graham Gibbons is likely to drop the filly in and take a midfield sit, before pouncing off the home turn. A mark of 60 looks far from insurmountable and she really should be up to winning this weak race.

3.25 Wolverhampton – Biff Johnson

Biff Johnson is a rapidly progressing 4 year old Dansili gelding, and he almost completed the hat trick at Kempton 5 days ago over 12 furlongs. Enterprisingly ridden, Keith Dalgleish’s runner was only collared in the final strides, and he looks to get back to winning ways over 12 furlongs at Wolverhampton.

With just 9 starts under his belt, Biff Johnson is very likely to still have room to improvement. Formerly with Marcus Tregoning, the switch to Dalgleish’s stable had the desired effect, and the horse fairly bolted up on debut for the stable at Chelmsford, winning by 4 lengths. Went on and followed up 3 days later at the same course, winning at odds on. Pedigree suggested he should appreciate the step up in trip, and the horse went very close over 12 furlongs at Kempton last time out. Was mowed down late in the day last time then, which doesn’t indicate that he is necessarily the strongest stayer at the trip, but with that being said, the horse wasn’t ridden to preserve stamina. A mark of 75 could still be very workable, and assuming that he does stay at Wolverhampton, he should win.

Tips Summary (29th February)

1:50 Wolverhampton – La Asomada – +110  WilliamHill

3.25 Wolverhampton – Biff Johnson – +225  WilliamHill, Ladbrokes, Coral

David Barron
Keith Dalgleish
La Asomada

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