Racing Post tipster Robbie Wilders advised a 12/1 winner in his previous column and is back in the chair with three plays at Wolverhampton for its all-weather card on Saturday evening.
Plenty of old friends do battle in the 5f handicap at Wolverhampton and while this looks deeply competitive, I’m expecting a big run from HARRY BROWN for David Simcock.
Harry Brown must defy a 126-day layoff, but he has made the frame after 115-day and 112-day breaks in the past, and should be ready to do himself justice.
The son of Harry Angel has long struck me as a sprinter who is capable of ranking a fair bit higher, particularly after he won his side comfortably in the Palace of Holyroodhouse at Royal Ascot.
The key to Harry Brown on turf would appear to be rattling fast ground. He hasn’t encountered that since the Royal Meeting, but switching back to a synthetic surface will surely suit as he has all-weather form figures of 2-2-1-3-1-1.
Most of his opponents here are quite exposed and this looks a good opportunity for Harry Brown to get back on track off a reduced rating before a potentially productive turf campaign in all the top sprint handicaps.
The tricky puzzles at Wolverhampton keep on rolling and the 7f handicap will also take some winning. Perhaps topweight REMARKABLE FORCE could be the answer.
The four-year-old placed in a Listed juvenile contest for Alice Haynes and caught the eye on his first start for Brian Toomey when gunned down late in the day by Riot at Chelmsford in December following 100 days off.
That horse is a good yardstick for this type of race and, while the selection couldn't match that form next time over course and distance in January, nothing went right for him that day.
He missed the break from the widest draw in stall seven and ended up racing on his own and away from where the action unfolded in the home straight. It paid to be prominent there and he wasn't.
The handicapper has dropped him 1lb for that and I’m anticipating a much sharper showing under Tom Marquand in first-time blinkers from a superior berth in stall three. There should be more to come and it looks significant that top owners Amo Racing have decided to retain him.
The final runner to take the eye at Wolverhampton is TONAL in the 1m1f handicap for Ian Williams, who is a master with new recruits once they eventually find their feet.
Williams saw fit to enter Tonal for next month’s Lincoln at Doncaster and while he is far too low in the handicap for that to be a realistic target, he gives the impression he will rate much higher than a mark of 55 in time - and his pedigree backs that up (he is closely related to a few stakes performers).
Tonal went close here over a furlong shorter four days ago and shouldn't be inconvenienced by the extra yardage on his fourth outing for the stable.
He has a nice ground-saving draw in stall one and can do the business under Billy Loughnane against a limited bunch.
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