Jamie Osborne does well at this time of year, and he has an excellent chance in the form of Tuco. The son of Exceed and Excel come back to the all-weather on the back of a gritty win on turf, and this handicap doesn’t have the most competitive feel to it. The horse has been off the track for just over 3 months since his victory, and Osborne has clearly been thinking about saving his runner for a productive winter campaign on the all-weather.
3 year olds over non-staying distances tend to struggle against their elder opposition earlier in the year, but as they get older, the weight for age favours them and 3 year olds do very well in the last few months of the year. Going into his run at Thirsk last month, Tuco had run well over 7 furlongs on turf, placing every time. The step up to 1 mile at Thirsk really suited and he was duly very well backed, going off a shade of odds on. Led that day and ground it out towards the line. The switch to Lingfield’s tight track will suit and he should be well placed turning for home.
Silverheels is a last time out winner who could provide the stiffest competition. Paul Cole’s 6 year old gelding had to travel to France to resume winning ways, but he has plenty of winning form in the UK on the all-weather. Likely to track leaders and is respected for all that he is exposed.
5.15 Wolverhampton – Smart DJ
Division 2 of the 6 furlong 0-60 handicap at Wolverhampton looks to be very winnable and after getting off the mark last time out, Smart DJ looks to have a great chance of following up. Classy claimer Michael Murphy takes off a valuable 3lbs and he should be able to follow up off a mark just 6lbs higher than last time out.
After mainly being campaigned over the minimum 5 furlong trip, Smart DJ improved when stepped back up to 6 furlongs last time out. The extra yardage really worked to his advantage as he ground his way to success under today’s pilot. Stall 9 is generally considered to be a negative over 6 furlongs at Wolverhampton, but high draws actually do quite well in terms of value over the trip.
The main competition comes from Kyllach Me who returns to the all-weather. He won 2 races over course and distance back in the spring and will be dangerous if the return to the artificial surfaces reignites his form.
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