The 2020 Cheltenham Festival might be just a few days away but attention this Saturday will be firmly focused on Wolverhampton and Ayr with six live races on ITV4.
And while all eyes will be focused on the pinnacle of National Hunt Racing next week, it’s the All-Weather that piques our interest here, with the Lincoln Trial and Listed Wulfruna Stakes taking centre-stage.
Ayr subs in for Sandown to complete the televised card, and we’ve had our say in our ITV Racing Tips.
NAP – Fox Power – 13:35 Wolverhampton
There are a couple of classy operators in this field but our preference is for Fox Power. The four-year-old is lightly raced and showed what he’s capable of 12 months ago when taking a Listed contest at Newcastle.
His return to the track this season has been slow, although a ½l second behind Via Serendipity represents a much better effort. The winner that day reopposes here but will have to back that up on 9lb worse terms.
Our pick is also a course and distance winner and will have been aimed at this race with the Lincoln in mind, for which he’s a 25/1 shot. With Silvestre De Sousa on board, he should be able to continue his progress.
NB – Jessiemac – 14:30 Ayr
This is unlikely to be one for the purists but it’s a race where Jessiemac can continue her good recent form. Ian Duncan’s runner has been uber-consistent this season and looks more reliable than anything else in the race.
The six-year-old has gone up 12lb for back-to-back successes this term. It’s a mark which saw her winning run come to an end at Newcastle last time, although she still managed to finish runner-up in the contest.
She seems to be the one horse on the up in this seemingly below-par field, and with a drop back in trip also set to suit, our pick looks like the one to beat over the 2m 5½f distance.
Lively Longshot – Documenting – 14:45 Wolverhampton
On a card filled with tight small-field races, it’s difficult to find something at a bigger price. However, we think we may well have unearthed a decent each-way shout in Documenting in the Lady Wulfruna Stakes.
Kevin Frost’s charge finished fifth in this renewal 12 months ago but has improved since with a string of frame finishes alongside a confidence-boosting win at Lingfield in November.
He was well backed here on Boxing Day before finishing runner-up, and in a 7f dash which lacks real strength in-depth, we reckon he could go well at a decent price under Jack Mitchell.
ITV Racing Tips:
13:35 Wolverhampton – Fox Power (NAP)
13:55 Ayr – Clan Legend
14:10 Wolverhampton – Concierge
14:30 Ayr – Jessiemac (NB)
14:45 Wolverhampton – Documenting (Lively Longshot)
15:05 Ayr – Whoshotthesheriff
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication