Down through the years, low grade handicaps at Wolverhampton have served me well on the punting front and CREEK HARBOUR fits the bill in a class six sprint handicap.
Set to carry top weight in this 6 furlong event, the son of Kodiac has finally been shown some mercy by the handicapper having raced off a rating as high as 70 last year (won off 67) and now finds himself trying to defy a mark of just 60!
Of course there is a reason for that drop in the handicap, but a repeat of his second to Becker over the minimum trip six months ago would easily be good enough to get him in the mix here. I fancy he can successfully give the weight away to the likely market leader Qaaraat.
Philip Makin has his small string in really good form at the moment and VIVACIOUS SPIRIT looks a leading player in the extended 7-furlong handicap.
Yet another selection rated a deal higher 12 months ago, he ran some solid races at this level in Dundalk before leaving Gordon Elliot’s yard.
Despite being a maiden after a dozen starts, he still has form on the board at Haydock and Musselburgh which gives him leading claims here. And in the hope that a recent wind operation has cleared up any problems, he gets an each-way vote over the inconsistent course and distance winner Bell Heather.
Redcar is forecast to have plenty of rain over the weekend, so it could be a case that only mudlarks need apply at the Cleveland track by Sunday afternoon.
BREANSKI has form figures of 562 in heavy ground in double figure fields and his comeback run behind Al Erayg was a cracker at Newcastle. A slight step up on that run makes him a huge player here.
Of his rivals, I may have a saver on course and distance winner Arbalet, who has finally been given a real chance by the handicapper to play a major role here.
There are some choicely bred horses on show at Kempton Park which is fast becoming the go-to track, along with fellow sand venues, Chelmsford and Newcastle, for expensive bloodstock.
Curlin colt DESERT PEACE opened his account as a juvenile with a readymade success over 7 furlongs at the Sunbury-on-Thames track and then ran well in slightly better company at Chelmsford.
The step up to a mile looks a good decision and he can make it two from three at the main expense of Fox Duty Free.
By Golden Horn, out of a Dansili mare, THAKWAAN is bred to be a bit special and this gelding look worth a second look in the market in this novice event.
Hughie Morrison’s Camelot colt, Chivalry is another fascinating contender.
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