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5.10 Wolverhampton – Brandon Castle
Brandon Castle may not be the easiest to win with, but Andrew Balding’s 3 year old has lots of natural talent and these conditions should suit perfectly. The son of Dylan Thomas was denied by the narrowest of margins last time out and has a great chance of making amends. At odds of +200 , he ranks as very solid favourite.
After a slow start to his racing career, Brandon Castle showed improvement when stepped up to middle distances. The hood was applied after 5 starts so he has clearly not been 100% straightforward, and that view is backed up by the fact that he has finished 2nd on 4 of his 14 starts. Only victory came in a small field at Ffos Las, but under David Probert the horse showed his true colours that day and bolted up by several lengths. After filling up the runner up spot on a few occasions since his victory, he stepped forward again last time out over course and distance when narrowly denied in a Class 3 contest at Wolverhampton. This is weaker and he must have a great chance of following up. Is likely to pull hard and travel strongly through the race.
Miss Minuty is the second favourite, and Tony Newcombe’s 3 year old filly has run some solid races recently. With that being said, the horse is stepping up in trip and is unproven over the distance.
5.40 Wolverhampton – Walk Like A Giant
Walk Like A Giant won well last week and Michael Appleby’s 4 year old gelding escapes a penalty for that success. It came over 8 furlongs which was probably short of his optimal trip, and the fact that the son of Sir Percy managed to score bodes well now he is stepped back up in trip.
Promising claimer Jane Elliott rode Michael Appleby’s runner to success last time out, and she keeps the ride this time. She is likely to race close to the pace and should be strong in the finish. Gets to race off a mark of 65 (will be off 70 in the future) and looks to have an outstanding chance. Michael Appleby does very well with his all-weather performers and a draw in stall 7 looks fine.
Fern Owl has been installed as a second favourite, but Hughie Morrison’s 3 year old is yet to do anything that suggests he is ready to strike, and it really does look a weak race.
Tips Summary (11th December)
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