Surfing The Sand

Our All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft turns the spotlight on two races at Wolverhampton on Saturday night and reveals four more eyecatchers for your tracker.

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David Simcock’s progressive four-year-old RANGALI ISLAND can complete a four-timer in the Betyourway At Betway Handicap (7.00) at Wolverhampton on Saturday night.

The son of Camacho has gone up only 7lb in the ratings despite scoring at Chelmsford City, Kempton Park and Wolverhampton since the turn of the year.

His defeat of the re-opposing Sha La La La Lee over course and distance was his first try at this 9.5 trip and he has the scope and potential to follow up.

Rangali Island also had Universal Gleam and Kaser well in arrears last time and is re-united with Callum Shepherd, who has been in the saddle for three of his four successes.


WILD EDRIC can make his mark at potentially rewarding odds in the Betway Handicap (6.30) at Wolverhampton on Saturday.

Tom Dascombe’s sprinter has won two of his three starts at Dunstall Park and was beaten only a head in the other, when he pulled off a shoe last summer.

He is drawn wider than ideal in stall nine for such a prominent racer but overcame the same berth when only just failing to maintain his unbeaten record on the Tapeta circuit.

The obvious danger is the improving Fizzy Feet, who has improved 15lb this winter but looks a better filly at Lingfield Park than she is elsewhere.

She has won three times on the Polytrack this winter but hasn’t enjoyed the same level of success at Wolverhampton, where her most recent form figures read 83723. She must give 7lb to Wild Edric, who can at least make the frame on his seasonal re-appearance.



John Gosden’s well bred filly made a striking debut in a fillies’ novice stakes at Lingfield Park on Wednesday, starting slowly and then over-racing before powering home to be third over 7f to a better fancied stable companion. This daughter of Siyouni is related to Group 1 winner Librisa Breeze and picking up a similar race looks a formality.


Don’t overlook this gelding for the Mile Final on Good Friday. He completed his mandatory three qualifying runs with a solid display over the Lingfield mile in midweek, coming home strongly in second despite not having the strong tempo he thrives off. He should get a truer run race on Finals Day and remains a potent threat.


A 16,000 gns purchase from Richard Fahey, this gelding made a pleasing start for his new trainer Paul Midgley at Newcastle on Tuesday when he finished a persistent third after cutting out much of the running. That was only his second start on synthetics but his mark of 74 shouldn’t suffer and he can be placed effectively in the coming weeks, possibly even back on soft ground on turf.


David O’Meara’s gelding came home sweetly under a sympathetic ride to be second to a well backed rival in a 6f novice stakes at Wolverhampton on Monday. This full brother to the progressive Rangali Island will clearly thrive when he steps up in trip in due course but isn’t short of speed either. He’s in good hands.

Surfing The Sand

Wolverhampton 18:30, 14 March 2020

Wolverhampton 19:00, 14 March 2020

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