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2.20 Wolverhampton – Mr Christopher
Mr Christopher has generally been consistent recently and three starts back he managed to score over course and distance. With the cheek pieces applied, if he runs to the form of his recent starts, then the son of Bahamian Bounty should be difficult to beat.
All of Mr Christopher’s last 3 starts have been at Wolverhampton over 7 furlongs. They have all been in Class 6 company and with just 11 starts under his belt, there is room for improvement. Racing off a mark of 60 last week, Tom Dascombe’s runner finished a close up third, beaten just 1 length. That race has already worked out well, with the second placed horse Zed Candy Girl since going on to score at Kempton. Tends to sit handy and the cheek pieces are likely to help the horse concentrate better.
Basingstoke is the main danger. The horse has finished second on his last 2 starts and the first time blinkers have been applied to try and focus Daniel Mark Loughnane’s runner. All of his best performances have been at Southwell, but offspring of Elusive City tend to handle Wolverhampton’s surface.
Mr Christopher’s credentials look very solid and at odds of 7/4 2.75 +175 1.75 1.75 -0.57 he looks a good bet.
4.00 Wolverhampton – Archie Stevens
Archie Stevens has a great record in small fields and is a previous course and distance winner. The son of Pastoral Pursuits has been off the track for just six days, but two of his rivals raced just 24 hours ago. The step back up in trip to 6 furlongs should suit David Evans’ runner and he looks the one to beat at odds of 2/1 3.00 +200 2.00 2.00 -0.50 .
Archie Stevens is clearly suited to the all-weather – he is 6/24 with a further 7 places on the artificial surfaces. The horse likes to sit close to the pace and in recent starts he has seemed to lack that turn of foot at the business end of his races. The step back up in trip should aid that.
Tips Summary (23rd February)