20:15 Wolverhampton (A.W.) 12 Oct 2018

Grand Theatre Wolverhampton Handicap (Div 1) (Class 5) (3YO plus)

Winner £3,752 - 12 run - Draw Advantage: High

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No.
(Draw)
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
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Data quality76%
Position
1 (11)
258511
iT
White, royal blue stars, red and white diabolo on sleeves, white cap, red star (Weldspec Glasgow Limited)

War Department (IRE)  9 

b g Frozen Power - On My Kness (Fasliyev)

5 9-8 v
71 6
5 9-8 v
71 6

Improved on recent efforts to win handicap (3/1) at Newcastle (7.1f) 9 days ago, helped by being held up in strongly-run race. All wins have come on a straight track so opposable from wide draw.

Improved on recent efforts to win handicap (3/1) at Newcastle (7.1f) 9 days ago, helped by being held up in strongly-run race. All wins have come on a straight track so opposable from wide draw.

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War Department Score: 525

1
2 (7)
374248
iT
White, purple sash, white sleeves, yellow armlets and cap (Mr P Riley)

Ebbisham (IRE)  14 

b g Holy Roman Emperor - Balting Lass (Orpen)

5 9-5 p
68
5 9-5 p
68

Course winner. 8/1, 6 lengths eighth of 12 to War Department in handicap at Newcastle (7.1f) 14 days ago. Makes appeal upped in trip returning to this course.

Course winner. 8/1, 6 lengths eighth of 12 to War Department in handicap at Newcastle (7.1f) 14 days ago. Makes appeal upped in trip returning to this course.

Ebbisham Score: 406

3
3 (2)
200990
iT
Royal blue, yellow hoop, royal blue sleeves, yellow stars, royal blue cap, yellow star (Jose Santos Racing Ltd)

Caramuru (IRE)  17 

b g Casamento - Zaynaba (Traditionally)

4 9-4 p
67
4 9-4 p
67

C&D winner. 50/1, tenth of 14 in handicap at Lingfield (10f, AW) 17 days ago.

C&D winner. 50/1, tenth of 14 in handicap at Lingfield (10f, AW) 17 days ago.

Caramuru Score: 349

4 (1)
53220
iT
Silver, gold braid, maroon cap, gold tassel (Al Shaqab Racing)

Sharg (IRE)  44 

b g Invincible Spirit - Rain Flower (Indian Ridge)

3 9-3
70
3 9-3
70

Lightly-raced maiden. Tenth of 12 in handicap at Kempton (8f, 16/1) 44 days ago. Makes tapeta debut. Difficult ask.

Lightly-raced maiden. Tenth of 12 in handicap at Kempton (8f, 16/1) 44 days ago. Makes tapeta debut. Difficult ask.

Sharg Score: 365

5 (4)
50-4332
iT
Dark green, light green chevrons, red cap (Mr Willie Leung)

Screaming Gemini (IRE)  7 

b g Shamardal - Littlefeather (Indian Ridge)

4 9-3
66 1
4 9-3
66 1

16/1, first run since leaving Roger Varian when creditable second of 13 in handicap at this C&D 7 days ago, having run of race. That run possibly flatters him and others make more appeal.

16/1, first run since leaving Roger Varian when creditable second of 13 in handicap at this C&D 7 days ago, having run of race. That run possibly flatters him and others make more appeal.

Screaming Gemini Score: 458

2
6 (12)
863457
iT
Green, white sash, collar, cuffs and cap (All About York Ii & Partner)

Black Salt 14 

b g Equiano - Marine Girl (Shamardal)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Bit below form seventh of 12 in handicap (7/1) at Newcastle (7.1f) 14 days ago but given plenty to do. Up in trip. Enters calculations.

Bit below form seventh of 12 in handicap (7/1) at Newcastle (7.1f) 14 days ago but given plenty to do. Up in trip. Enters calculations.

Black Salt Score: 357

7 (3)
75524
iT
Dark blue, yellow spots, dark blue sleeves and cap (Clive Cox Racing Ltd)

Sounds Approving (IRE)  36 

ch g Approve - Timbre (Dubai Destination)

3 9-0
67
3 9-0
67

Lightly-raced maiden. Creditable fourth of 8 in handicap (10/1) at Salisbury (8f, good to firm) 36 days ago. Plenty to find on form.

Lightly-raced maiden. Creditable fourth of 8 in handicap (10/1) at Salisbury (8f, good to firm) 36 days ago. Plenty to find on form.

Sounds Approving Score: 369

8 (13)
04967
iT
Light blue, dark blue triple diamond (Laurence Bellman & David Ward)

Cashel (IRE)  78 

b g Sepoy - Snow Dust (First Defence)

3 8-13
66 WS
3 8-13
66 WS

Lightly-raced maiden. 50/1 and tongue strap on for 1st time, last of 7 in handicap at Doncaster (10.2f, good) 78 days ago. Makes tapeta debut. Has had wind surgery.

Lightly-raced maiden. 50/1 and tongue strap on for 1st time, last of 7 in handicap at Doncaster (10.2f, good) 78 days ago. Makes tapeta debut. Has had wind surgery.

Cashel Score: 339

9 (10)
337210
iT
Royal blue, light blue epaulets, striped sleeves and cap (Daniel Macauliffe & Anoj Don)

Pact Of Steel 11 

ch c Declaration Of War - She's My Dandy (Holy Roman Emperor)

3 8-12 p1
65
3 8-12 p1
65

Winner at Lingfield in September. 9/4, eleventh of 13 in handicap at Kempton (11f) 11 days ago. Down in trip. Cheekpieces on 1st time.

Winner at Lingfield in September. 9/4, eleventh of 13 in handicap at Kempton (11f) 11 days ago. Down in trip. Cheekpieces on 1st time.

Pact Of Steel Score: 361

10 (9)
623421
iT
White and royal blue stripes, red sleeves, royal blue stars, red cap, royal blue star (Mr Graham Brookhouse)

Barnay 24 

b g Nayef - Barnezet (Invincible Spirit)

3 8-11 v
64
3 8-11 v
64

Didn't need to be at best when winning 6-runner seller (11/8) at Lingfield (10f, AW) 24 days ago, driven clear. Makes tapeta debut. First run for yard after leaving Marcus Tregoning.

Didn't need to be at best when winning 6-runner seller (11/8) at Lingfield (10f, AW) 24 days ago, driven clear. Makes tapeta debut. First run for yard after leaving Marcus Tregoning.

Barnay Score: 366

11 (5)
293455
iT
Emerald green, mauve stars, sleeves and star on cap (Mr Trevor Gallienne)

Herm (IRE)  42 

b g Bushranger - School Holidays (Harlan's Holiday)

4 8-9
58
4 8-9
58

Course winner. Respectable fifth of 10 in handicap (10/1) at this course (7.2f) 42 days ago, running on. Up in trip. Needs a couple of these to falter.

Course winner. Respectable fifth of 10 in handicap (10/1) at this course (7.2f) 42 days ago, running on. Up in trip. Needs a couple of these to falter.

Herm Score: 355

12 (6)
021-486
iT
Yellow, black cross belts, yellow and black halved sleeves, black cap (Mr Ron Hull)

Gembari 112 

b g Denounce - Zagarock (Rock Of Gibraltar)

3 8-8 v
61
3 8-8 v
61

14/1, last of 6 in handicap at Wetherby (14f, good to firm). Off 112 days. Significantly back down in trip. First run for yard after leaving Ivan Furtado. Others more persuasive.

14/1, last of 6 in handicap at Wetherby (14f, good to firm). Off 112 days. Significantly back down in trip. First run for yard after leaving Ivan Furtado. Others more persuasive.

Gembari Score: 377

4
13 (8)
357633
iT
Brown, brown cap, beige star (Mr Keith Brown)

Sumner Beach 18 

ch g Aqlaam - Cosmic Song (Cosmonaut)

4 8-7 (ow1)
56
4 8-7 (ow1)
56

Fifteen runs since last win in 2016. 3/1, creditable third of 12 in handicap at Newcastle (8f) 18 days ago. Can give a good account without posing serious threat to principals.

Fifteen runs since last win in 2016. 3/1, creditable third of 12 in handicap at Newcastle (8f) 18 days ago. Can give a good account without posing serious threat to principals.

Sumner Beach Score: 347

Verdict

WAR DEPARTMENT has done it well on Tapeta the last twice for Keith Dalgleish and looks tough to stop chasing the three-timer. The five-year-old still looks to be ahead of the handicapper, and the step back up to a mile is unlikely to deter him while in this frame of mind. Screaming Gemini ran a pleasing race on stable bow for David Brown when second here last week, while Summer Beach hasn't won since 2016 but has shaped with promise on this surface the last twice.

Verdict

EBBISHAM has a good record at this venue and he can be forgiven a lacklustre run at Newcastle last time out. A return to Wolverhampton combined with a step up in trip may be enough to see him winning once again. Black Salt may also appreciate the extra trip and had excuses at Newcastle. Barnay may outrun his likely odds on yard debut.