Steve Hughes looks ahead to the best of Monday’s racing
Again we are one short with Lingfield abandoned so we have a jumps card at Fakenham and an All Weather card at Wolverhampton. I have a selection for the best race at each. Native Robin was a winner on Sunday (advised 5/2).
Fakenham 2.25: Morney Wing
I napped him this time last week for Plumpton only for the meeting to be abandoned, but Morney Wing has exactly the same credentials to do this week what I expected him to do last Monday.
This horse has been at his best on sharp left-handed tracks since coming over to Britain to join Charlie Mann. His wins have been gained at Haydock, Plumpton and at this track, all on soft or heavy going. He gets his track and going today and is reunited with Paddy Brennan. The last time the former Gold Cup winning jockey was aboard, he landed the Sussex National last January.
His form has been distinctly patchy since, but he has dropped 10lbs since that valuable win. He has gone well for a long way on his last two starts before fading, but sported blinkers on those occasions at it is possible he was simply too free in them. The cheekpieces he has worn for all three of his wins for Mann are back on today.
Wolverhampton 6.20: Valitop
A useful 2yo back in the 2015 season, Valitop had not been seen since until running respectably on his belated comeback here a couple of weeks ago. He should be sharper for the outing and looks to be the one horse in the field with the potential to improve.
He won a Sandown maiden by 3l as a juvenile, which takes some doing and took his chance in the Zetland Stakes, the highest grade contest over 10f for 2yo’s in Britain. He raced well for a long way before fading that day – I am not sure if he picked up an injury in the race itself that necessitated his two year absence.
There is plenty of stamina on the dam’s side, the dam herself having been group race placed over 14f. Therefore it is reasonable to assume he would have wanted further than the 9f he raced over here at the start of the month. Beaten less than 2l, that will have blown away the cobwebs and this trip should be ideal. Jockey Oisin Murphy has been on board him for all his four runs to date and stays loyal to the gelding this evening.
1pt win – Morney Wing – 2.25 Fakenham – 11/2 Bet365, Skybet
1pt win – Valitop – 6.20 Wolverhampton – 6/1 general