Horse racing tips: A 4/1 play heads our best bets for Wolverhampton tonight

The Racing Post are backing Nellie French (19:00) to shine under lights

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17:30 – Abduction

The most striking contender is ABDUCTION (nap), who cashed in on a reduced mark with a strong-finishing win at Lingfield last month and is only 2lb higher here in his bid to make it 2-2 for Charlie Wallis. Some Nightmare had a highly productive time last year and he’s feared most back from a short break, though Kodi Gold has finished runner-up in his last three starts and is respected on his stable debut. Another who could be in the mix is the well-handicapped Water Of Leith, who wasn’t beaten far at Southwell last week.

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18:00 – NAJAT

Top of the list is the Crisford-trained NAJAT, who made a bright start with her impressive win at Thirsk last June and had a tough assignment in a Listed race in her final 2yo run. This well-bred filly still has plenty of potential and she looks a major player back in much calmer waters on her return to action. Brides Bay showed clear promise in her three runs in the autumn and she’s feared most, ahead of the ex-Irish filly Obtain.

18:30 – High Velocity 

There are several interesting contenders in the line-up but the one that appeals most is HIGH VELOCITY, who made it 2-3 with his emphatic win at Newcastle last month and is open to more progress back up in trip on his handicap debut. Second choice is another handicap newcomer in Foxy Rascal who represents a yard that won this last year. Others on the shortlist are Little Prayer, who has been knocking on the door at Lingfield recently, and Red Showgirl, who battled well when making all at Kempton last time.

19:00 – Nellie French

Preference is for dual C&D winner NELLIE FRENCH, who knuckled down well when scoring at Newcastle on her penultimate run and things didn’t go her way against a pace bias there last time. Second choice is Qaaraat, who has reached the frame several times on Tapeta this winter including when a close fourth at Southwell 11 days. Others to consider in an open race are First Verse and Mr Pc.

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    19:30 – Raabeh

    This looks a bit trappy but it might be worth sticking with RAABEH, who got off the mark with a strong-finishing win in a similar race at Southwell 11 days ago and is a big player if he can repeat that form. Dirchill was a front-running second over 6f last month and he looks the main danger on his drop back in trip, though Giant Steps is unexposed over 5f and has possibilities if he can build on his close fifth behind the selection last time.

    20:00 – Celtic Art

    King Of The South ran well in the Winter Derby Trial last time and he’s respected back in a 1m4f handicap, but preference is for CELTIC ART, who made it 2-4 for Jeremy Scott with a brave win at Lingfield last month and remains feasibly treated off his revised mark. Triple course winner Clap Your Hands looks interesting on his step back up in trip, while another to consider is Protected Guest, who ran into some trouble before finishing a close third behind the selection 16 days ago.

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    20:30 – Scarborough Castle

    David Simcock’s SCARBOROUGH CASTLE has a progressive profile at this trip and he can return to winning ways, perhaps at the expense of Avarice.

    Wolverhampton betting tips:

    17:30 – Abduction
    18:00 – Najat
    18:30 – High Velocity 
    19:00 – Nellie French
    19:30 – Raabeh
    20:00 – Celtic Art
    20:30 – Scarborough Castle

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