Race of the day: sprinter Alice Haynes could continue to improve at Wolverhampton | Race News

Alan Thomson is targeting a competitive sprint handicap at Wolverhampton in his race of the day, live on Sky Sports Racing.

The preparatory work

Sky Sports Racing cameras head to Wolverhampton on Monday for an eight-race card, featuring the 11th runner 6.30 Huge daily boosts only at BetUK Handicap more than five stages passing under the microscope.

This evening’s chosen event can be safely classified as ‘highly competitive’ and the form provides plenty of twists and turns to test punters’ skills and patience.

Wolverhampton, or Dunstall Park as it is also known, is equipped with a Tapeta surface and the flat, left-handed circuit is approximately one mile in length.

A low draft often proves a useful advantage when runners jostle for position. Kevin Stott was seen to good effect here on Saturday night riding a double, and he has another good book of rides.

The pretenders


Won with authority over course and distance in early September and the Alice Haynes-trained filly will be seen by many as defying a 7-pound increase.

Placed horses Kim Wexler and Bang On The Bell are better off at weight, but Obtain also won rookie stakes for fillies over six furlongs here in March, underscoring his fondness for the track. She raced under the famous colors of Khalid Abdullah for Ger Lyons as a juvenile in Ireland and has since developed a progressive British profile.

While stall seven isn’t ideal, it usually breaks smartly.


David O’Meara has another runner in Soul Seeker but ex-Irish sprinter Speedacus was far from disgraced finishing fourth ahead of May Blossom in Class 4 at Leicester.

Slightly more than he could chew in top grade at Catterick (soft) 16 days ago, but the three-year-old won under heavy weight when he encountered fast ground at Navan this summer.

The blinkers he wore on this occasion are replaced by a visor and Speedacus is not stored, despite its large circulation.

Foxy Rascal

Off 135 days but George Boughey’s riders rarely fail for lack of fitness. An all-weather winner at Newcastle last September, Foxy Rascal has had wind surgery since running fourth at Sandbeck in Haydock in June and stalling three is handy ground if she can maintain her position in the early exchanges .

Boughey and Kevin Stott teamed up with Saturday’s impressive winner, Queen Of Ipanema (entry at 7:30).

soul seeker

David O’Meara’s five-year-old drew the inside slot and a reproduction of the shape of his victory at Pontefract, followed by second prizes at Haydock and Beverley in August-September, would put him in the picture.

On the flow side, Soul Seeker has since put in two ordinary efforts at Southwell in a tougher Class 4 and needs to bounce back.

Knock on the bell

A three-time course winner for John Jenkins and Bang On The Bell is hard to hold back when he explodes in front.

Has a few lengths to find with Get, but a 7lb swing makes it entirely possible, although the drop nine is cause for concern.

trusty rusty

A two-time grass-scorer this year at Chepstow and Salisbury, both on six furlongs, Trusty Rusty also won twice here on the minimum trip last season.

Not so well treated these days, but the mare’s fourth to Mr. Beaufort at Goodwood last month was a solid effort. Regular rider Mollie Phillips has since had her allowance reduced to 3lbs and stalling 11 is problematic.

street life

Finished two places ahead of Soul Seeker again opposed in fourth place at Coup De Force at Southwell 11 days ago. Finished first by one lap over course and distance in mid-August, but was demoted following an investigation by stewards.

Has skyrocketed the ratings but can give 7lb apprentice Morgan Cole another good ride from a practice draw.

Kim Wexler

Last of ten behind Pop Dancer over course and distance last time out, but she was hopelessly trapped wide throughout. David Loughnane’s filly is better off by 5lbs for a few lengths with Obtain on a line of prior form and the stall four is a more acceptable draw.

You are cool

Off 165 days so a market check is prudent. Apprentice Rose Dawes has forged a fruitful partnership with veteran Derek Shaw and this year’s dual course and distance winner is on course to hit his highest mark in two years.

The enduring gelding hunted on Independence Day at Chelmsford City in May, but that seems like a more onerous task.

red walls

Last year, 80-ranked Night On Earth and Dapper Man battled to edge out Night On Earth and Dapper Man and made an eye-catching comeback after a short summer break by narrowly failing to catch Glamorous Force on the course and distance 16 days ago. Connections have probably been targeting this race for some time.

autumn flight

Robert Cowell’s gelding has beaten only one horse in his last four starts and this former seven-time winner is a shadow of his former self.

The verdict

Fast and furious stuff. Kieran O’Neill has forged a useful partnership with Wolverhampton OBTAIN (1-3-1) and his mount runs with a lot of spirit.

Obtain has been doing well in both appearances since undergoing a second breathing procedure and the filly’s confidence will be high, now coming back from a 58-day break.

Last year’s winner, Red Walls, is well drawn to attack from the start and will appeal to one-sided players. Lisa Williamson’s filly was 3lbs off the handicap when she won 12 months ago, so the fact that she was 2lbs “wrong” today isn’t a huge negative.

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