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Thursday 18 December 2014

Christmas Cracker !

I must confess I haven't done a blog post for a while but today seems like as good a day as any to put up  a selection from the All Weather racing that is on offer at Wolverhampton and Southwell.
I'm going to focus on Wolverhamptons Class 2 Daily Enhanced "Magic Multiples" at Unibet Handicap over 5f 216 yards run at 5.20pm.
There is  a decent field assembled and Caspian Prince and Ballista look sure to create a fast pace for those held up such as Tarooq, Secondo and maybe even Boom The Groom if they can both overcome their draws in 5 and 8 to get to the front.
Tarooq was one of the top performers on the AW last season at Lingfield and is a favourite of mine having broken the course record there, He has won 4 times at Wolverhampton in the past but that was on the old surface and this is new territory and he is approaching 9,
This will be only Secondo's third run for his trainer Robert Stephens, having previously been trained by Roger Charlton, and it will be only his 12th start in total so he is open to further improvement having won well over C and D LTO in a good time. He is also on a favourable mark with Tarooq on a line through Lancelot Du Lac who has beaten them both.
Caspian Prince has won over further than 5f previously but his last 6 wins have come over the minimum distance and although he should run well it seems unlikely that he will be able to hold the finishing kicks of Secondo or Tarooq. CP is coming back after a break so may run a bit free and he was 8th of 8 in this last season.
It is difficult to judge how good Godolphins Pretend is as he has only run 4 times. His last run was 55 days ago and that was his first run since February. He had head gear on for the first time there and although he travelled well he didnt seem to find much when taking up the lead coming into the straight and looked as though he didnt want to go through with his effort.
Tony Carroll runs three in all with Boom The Groom and Saint Pois joining Caspian Prince. Boom The Groom finished in front of Tarooq last time and they are on the same weight again. Tarooq has better form in the bag but Boom The Groom has youth on his side and can improve again. Saint Pois is interesting having only recently been transferred to this trainer from France where he won 3 on the AW from his 8 races. He is surely open to further improvement and maybe this trainer can bring it out but will today be the day ? -  betting check required.
All in all an interesting little sprint that is sure to throw up its share of winners and give us clues for the remainder of the AW sprinting season.
Selection wise I am going to go with Secondo to win (6/1 Ladbrokes) and I will also do an exacta with Tarooq - you should also keep an eye on Saint Pois.
Over at Southwell there is decent 6 runner claiming race and if money was no object to me I would be looking at claiming Moiety who is a half sister to winning sprinters inc Mirza (5f Group 3) and Millybaa (Listed-placed 6f) out of 5f Group 2 winning half sister to high class sprinter Prince Sabo.

SECONDO - 3rd @ 8/1.