Race of the Day on Sky Sports Racing: Marco Botti pair hold the key in tight Wolverhampton handicap on Monday | Racing News

Alan Thompson casts his expert eye on the field of 12 in a tight handicap competition at Wolverhampton on Monday, live on Sky Sports Racing at 8pm.

Wolverhampton, with a minimum place pot pool guarantee of £100,000, is the favored meeting on Monday (live on Sky Sports Racing), Fallon’s Fancies Expert Tips by BetUK Handicap Reserved for that evening’s featured wager. Thirteen runners are going to post for the Class 4 competition over one mile and one furlong.


The fast nature of the Tapeta track, measuring over a mile, makes it a serious test of horsemanship. Its tight left-hand turns and short straights give the track an American-style feel.

David Probert (17) is the leading jockey with 17 winners so far this year, one ahead of Jack Mitchell, who boasts a healthy 28 per cent strike rate. Rosa Ryan sits next at 15.

Charlie and Mark Johnston topped the list of trainers for a while but were joined by Mick Appleby at the 20 winner mark. Hot on their tail are Tony Carroll (17) and George Bogie (16).

Well known fancies

La Macino (Stall 3)

Nizako made a promising start to the season by posting a fourth at Newmarket, but his next two outings were spoiled by the break. George Baker’s gelding never featured in Sanitiser’s winning race at Windsor at the start of September and it was a similar story at Goodwood after a summer of laggards from Ajiro. It is less demanding.

Gate Crasher Girl (12)

William Knight’s filly started three races, including over course and distance, on his return from a 178-day absence in the spring, and his latest fourth was another useful effort for the American flag at Red Car in September. was Danny Tudhope’s booking is a positive but it’s hard to get too excited about Stall 12.

French (7)

Struggling to get his head to the fore but the Shaun Woods-trained colt is likely to be in the firing line once again. He chased Sucellus home over course and distance last month and third horse Visibility has gone on to win here. Blinkers go on for the first time.

Shine Our Stars (2)

An excellent second was posted over a mile at Newcastle in mid-September and Scott Dixon’s gelding, a previous winner of 10 furlongs at Epsom in June, will be on many shortlists. . Luke Morris is back on board for the first time since the partnership opened up a hat-trick of victories at Chelmsford City earlier this year when the Light Up Hour Stars were under the care of Tony Carroll.

Marion’s Boy (11)

Marion’s Boy, an established specialist at Lingfield, has had little snow this season, last of six at Windsor in July and eighth over the Natchez Trace at Kempton in September. Roger Tell’s gelding under David Probert now remains to be seen but a return to artificial turf can be hailed as a positive.

Wadhata (13)

Very interesting on handicap debut. Marco Botti’s three-year-old has shown promise in Novice/First Company, finishing third over course and distance in the spring under today’s rider Neil Callan. Runner-up Okeechobee progressed to win his next three races, most recently at Salisbury by more than four lengths on a 92 rating.

Widhata was returning from a 164-day absence when fourth in the broadspeare at Windsor four weeks ago and could make a big step forward. Stall 13 is a negative so the crafty Callan must draw on his considerable experience to execute the game plan.

Lucky San Jor (4)

The former Jessica Harrington Gray has adapted well to the change of scenery and is scoring a hat-trick of back-to-back victories for Marco Botti in August and October. The three-year-old finished third last week to course winner Baby Steps on the latter occasion and looks set to be joined under Stefano Cerchi.

Oh Herbert’s Reign (5)

On a long losing streak but showed signs of a rebound at Newmarket last month when fourth in the Turntable in a Class 3 competition. Dropping another 2lb and in-form Richard Hannon saddled up an all-weather treble last Monday and struck again a few days later at Chelmsford City. Oh Herberts Reign made his all-season debut and Stall Five is an easy pitch.

Baton (9)

Not one of Roger Varian’s star pupils but the gelding must have been delighted when the cheek piece was placed third in the gelding’s Chelmsford City last month. Mainly disappointing but Dando managed to win the race at Haydock last July. Maybe that hidden talent is starting to shine again. Booked by David Egan.

Tipperary Moon (6)

Kieran O’Neill teams up with Ivan Furtado’s gelding and will not be disappointed if he is able to rediscover his mid-summer form with wins at Yarmouth and Newmarket. He doesn’t weigh in but his last three outings encourage that a revival is just around the corner.

Rest of the field

Danny Hill Kodiak

His prolific form is a distant memory for former trainer Richard Hannon and Joe Tickle’s gelding has beaten just one opponent in his last four outings. For the first time Visor will need to work on Oracle.

Keeper’s Choice

Tyler Hurd’s 3lb claim has been snapped up by Adrian Wintle and Keeper’s Choice enjoyed a productive summer, scoring twice at Bath before being pipped by Queen Of Burgundy at Chester in July. On her latest start, she was well beaten in isolation at Kempton three years ago in an all-season.


The skin-tight handicapper and Marco Botti fielding two three-year-olds set a poser, both with clear potential. Lucky San Jor He sets up an easy pitch in stall four if he is able to avoid trouble running into the first turn, while the top-drafted Widhata is exposed in handicap company and may have a few pounds in the hand of the assessor. are

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