5.50 Wolverhampton – Reginald Claude
Reginald Claude is a Wolverhampton stalwart, and the likeable 7 year old son of Monsieur Bond heads to the Midlands track on Friday night with more than just a squeak. Available at odds of +900 , he represents good value under competent pilot Charlotte Jenner.
Mark Usher’s inmate knows the track like the back of his hand, and his last success at the track came over the 6 furlong trip, back in the spring. Has since gone on to score at Windsor and has put in a number of creditable efforts since. Last two runs have been over course and distance and has shown promise on both occasions, with slight excuses of being hampered or poorly positioned. Likes to be held up and come through horses late and Charlotte Jenner is the horse’s regular pilot, and one of the best in this field of inexperienced riders.
Richard Fahey saddles the favourite Royal Connoisseur – a 4 year old son of Art Connoisseur who was a beaten favourite last week. Has plenty of solid form, but also has more than a handful of second place finishes, implying he may be a little quirky. That is probably not the ideal horse for an inexperienced jockey, and unfortunately, that is exactly what Hayley Irvine is. She may well be talented and Fahey knows the time of day with his young riders, but the combination of new jockey and tricky horse render Royal Connoisseur a false favourite in our eyes.
With a clear spin round, Reginald Claude should go close, and he represents solid each-way value.
6.20 Wolverhampton – Parkour
Jeremy Noseda is not the easiest trainer to predict, but his runner Parkour looks too good value to leave at Wolverhampton. A thrice raced 2 year old colt, the son of Holy Roman Emperor has one piece of form which makes him very interesting in this average race.
After putting in an acceptable performance on debut at Nottingham, Parkour improved second time out at Kempton when switching to the all-weather. He was 4th of 12, beaten just 2 lengths, and there was plenty of promise in that run. Went to Windsor next time out and absolutely bombed out, finishing in last place, beaten 18 lengths. Something was clearly amiss that day, and Noseda has given his runner around 7 weeks to recover.
There is a very good chance that the horse will find his form again now returned to the all-weather, and it is interesting that Noseda is yet to have gelded the horse. Due to the strength behind the market leader If Winter Comes, Parkour is available at odds of +800 , which make him look a good bet. Stall 9 isn’t a particularly bad one at Wolverhampton and he is likely to sit handy and track the leaders.
Tips Summary (16th October)
5.50 Wolverhampton – Reginald Claude – +900 PaddyPower
6.20 Wolverhampton – Parkour – +800 Ladbrokes
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