Steve Hughes previews a fine Monday card at Wolverhampton.
Not much quantity or quality over jumps, but for a Monday, Wolverhampton’s card is distinctly useful. I am going to focus on the two class 2 handicaps. Lovenormoney kept the decent run going on Sunday (advised 11/2).
Wolverhampton 6.10: Mount Tahan
Few horses have caught the eye on the All Weather this winter as much as Mount Tahan – his three runs to date have brought about two wins and a narrow second place, all over today’s course and distance.
The 6yo had shown decent, if somewhat inconsistent form on turf, but seems to have found his niche now on sand and represents the bang in-form team of Kevin Ryan. He was beaten by today’s rival Pactolus back in November, but that was his first start for a couple of months and his chance was done no good by a slow start.
Since then he has quickened up in style to win from the back of the field, but because of the small winning margin has only gone up 6lbs for those pair of victories. He won’t have to come from too far back today with only six runners in the field.
Wolverhampton 6.40: Dubawi Fifty
Very progressive since being stepped up in trip, I am sure there is more to come from Dubawi Fifty, especially as he is now returned to more like his optimum trip of 2m.
An excellent fourth in the Cesarewitch in the autumn, the selection returned to the track over a mere 12f at Newcastle last month. Not surprisingly he was off the bridle some way out, but fought back tenaciously to get to the front close home. That he was quick enough to win over that short a distance bodes well for a return to 2m today.
Given a smallish field this has the potential to turn tactical, but there is no better jockey in those circumstances than Joe Fanning who takes the mount today. Dubawi Fifty still looks well in off his current mark of 92.
1pt win – Mount Tahan – 6.10 Wolverhampton – 5/1 Bet365
1.5pts win – Dubawi Fifty – 6.40 Wolverhampton – 11/8 general