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Winter Wonderland Wolverhampton

Firstly may I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy new year and here is to a healthy and profitable 2013. Well after the events of this week I’m sure the delight’s of Dunstall Park are growing on all you Post Racing member’s, after the visit’s to the winner’s enclosure with Rosie’s Lady and now Hiddon Coin I’m sure all-weather racing is becoming more popular with you all. It’s really been a fairytale start to 2013 for everyone involved. David O’Meara’s string are in great form, I’m writing this after Hiddon Coin’s win and this was David’s third winner in three days from just the three runners so all bodes well for the year ahead and the Post Racing horses. Adam Kirby (pictured), meanwhile continues to take the honour’s in the saddle and I feel he will win the all-weather championship as he has the support of some very shrewd trainers.

Whilst Wolverhampton has provided Post Racing members with an early fairytale, another story continued on New Years Day when Don Cantillon’s stable star La Estrella notched win number 21 from only his 30th all-weather start. (19 wins for Cantillon)
It’s well known that the 10 year old La Estrella is very fragile and Cantillon takes a softly softly approach with him and whilst it is low grade stuff it’s a testament to his ability as a trainer to produce him to win the races he has. Unbeaten at Southwell with 13 wins and with multiple wins at Wolverhampton and also a win at the now closed Great Leighs he really is a star of the all-weather!

Horses like La Estrella and the Wolverhampton specialist Almaty Express are real favourites with racegoers and last year both were nominated for the ROA all-weather horse of the year, which was great for their respective stables for their stalwarts to be recognised.

Wolverhampton plays host to a mammoth 15 race card today and I hope to mark your card with a winner or two.

FINAL DRIVE goes in the opener, from the shrewd John Butler stable this fellow is very well handicapped off 72 having won off 86 and being rated as high as 101 a couple of years ago. He was well backed last time, before unshipping Adam Kirby and running around the track. LINDORO returns to Dunstall Park in the 12.30 race, a selling handicap so a nice drop in grade and he should go close. Jamie Spencer is a positive booking for the James Bethell trained CHARLCOT in the 1.00 race, Bethell’s charge has some solid C&D handicap form and looks the likely winner.
DE RIGUEUR bids to follow up his recent C&D win for Marco Botti and is evidently expected to do so in the 1.30 race.
Our very own David O’Meara sends out MISS BUNTER under a penalty in the 2.30 race, David Bergin rides and his 7lb claim offset’s the 6lb penalty. I’ve already mentioned Jamie Spencer and he could follow up on the Kevin Ryan trained LE TOREADOR in the 4.00 claiming race. He had a pipe opener on New Years Day behind Woolfall Sovereign and has Drawnfromthepast to beat.

Saturday’s racing is at Lingfield and it sees the start of the Blue Square sprint series, Nathan Alison is a new member of the team and he rides SPEAK THE TRUTH in the 1.25 race, they won this last year and showed he is in good heart with a recent third over C&D so should go close to a repeat! Finally, LOWTHER in the 3.10 race looks to have obvious claims following his recent win.

From the horses to follow, DUNNO ran the other day at Wolverhampton and the betting didn’t indicate a positive run so I will wait until he shows up at Kempton. PIPER’S PIPING is entered at Wolverhampton on Monday and after the BHA announced their investigation into his last race I don’t think Adam Kirby will be messing around this time, as mentioned already I would have more confidence if the headgear returns.

Have a great weekend.

All the best.

Mark

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