Surfing The Sand

Our All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft shares his best bets on a competitive Wolverhampton card on Saturday night and reveals five more Eyecatchers for your Tracker.

  • Thursday 28 November
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Newmarket trainer James Tate has been waiting patiently for another opportunity to unleash his exciting three-year-old POWER LINK, who looks the stand-out in Wolverhampton’s feature race on Saturday night.

The son of US sire Data Link has side-stepped a couple of possible engagements since winning at the West Midlands track in October but can make the wait worthwhile in the Bombardier Golden Beer Handicap (6.50).

Power Link needed every yard to assert himself in a 6f handicap on the Dunstall Park Tapeta seven weeks ago and looks likely to appreciate this additional furlong in another Class 3.

Raised only 2lb for edging out the re-opposing Baby Steps, and nicely berthed in stall four, Tate’s colt is bred to appreciate this kind of trip. Indeed, he could easily progress sufficiently to take his chance in the Listed Wulfruna Stakes over course and distance in March.

Glenn Coco, prolific earlier in the year for Stuart Williams, is entitled to be sharper for his re-appearance run at Kempton earlier this month but despite being eased 2lb, doesn’t appear to have much in hand of the assessor.


Course specialist KASERcouldn’t quite get on terms with the principals in a Class 3 handicap at Wolverhampton last time but can gain compensation back at the West Midlands venue on Saturday.

He can defy a career-high mark in his quest for a fourth win at the track when he drops back a grade in the Bombardier ‘March To Your Own Drum’ Handicap (7.20).

David Loughnane’s gelding found himself too far back when the tempo lifted last time but travelled closer to the pace when scoring in another Class 4 handicap last month.

Hopefully Tom Greatrex, who takes off a useful 3lb, can sit in a handy position on this closer from stall eight.

My Target came back from the cold to win a 1m handicap at Newcastle three weeks ago and can play a part again here in a handicap full of mainly exposed geldings. He remains well treated on his old form despite a 2lb rise but takes on a younger rival in Kaser, who remains open to improvement.



Richard Hughes’s gelding is clearly going the right way after overcoming a wide trip to finish a staying on second in a 7f Southwell novice stakes on Wednesday. This expensive son of Kodiac left his Kempton debut well behind when chasing home Sir Mark Prescott’s better fancied Cedar Cage - a promising second on his previous start at Chelmsford City. Itsallaboutluck will improve again for experience but may be good enough to win a little novice, possibly over 1m, before he heads down the handicap route.


Ralph Beckett’s juvenile was hugely inconvenienced by a wide draw in a deep 6f nursery at Wolverhampton on Tuesday. A prominent racer, he was never going to be suited by his starting position in stall nine but muscled his way into the argument down the home stretch to finishing within a length of the hat-trick seeking favourite Dark Reward. This was a taking handicap debut off the back of a five-month break and compensation surely awaits.


Eric Alston’s sparely raced four-year-old was well backed to make a winning handicap debut at Wolverhampton on Tuesday but failed to make use of his plum draw in stall one in a 5f dash. He was all but detached mid-race before picking up in game style to finish a closing third. A lengthy type with a raking stride, he could be ideally suited by the straight track at Newcastle where he would have time to warm into the race. Wherever Alston chooses to send him, he does look a winner waiting to happen.


The 8.5f novice stakes this Dansili colt contested on his debut at Wolverhampton last Saturday looked strong on paper but he out-ran his odds to split two runners from big yards with previous form. He was surprisingly professional in chasing home Roger Varian’s winner Khaloosy and will command plenty of respect in similar company next time. His dam won over 1m4f and middle distances will bring the best out of him next year.


Mark Johnston’s gelding is unexposed on the synthetics and ran a nice race to finish fourth from a wide position in Class 3 company over 10f at Lingfield on Thursday. He wasn’t given a hard time once Joe Fanning realised he couldn’t pick up the principals and should come on a bundle for this first outing since the spring. He stays well but has plenty of speed in his pedigree so there’s no reason to suspect that his current mark of 85 will be prohibitive.

Surfing The Sand

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