David O’Meara has made a flying start to 2013 and can maintain his momentum over the next couple of days at Wolverhampton.
The Nawton trainer will have the services of his stable jockey, Danny Tudhope, who has not ridden since the end of the turf season in early November.
Tudhope enjoyed a tremendous time of it last year, riding 76 winners and bagging the Go Racing In Yorkshire top jockey award for the most winners in the county.
With O’Meara’s horses in tremendous form – he had six winners in five days last week – Tudhope is fancied to score on one of those, Rosie’s Lady, who could be in for a busy 24 hours.
Not only is last week’s decisive course winner declared for today’s Get Free Bets With bookmakers.co.uk Handicap, but she is set to run again tomorrow with stable apprentice David Bergin – two winners from two rides since he returned to the saddle last week – booked to take the mount.
Rosie’s Lady has a penalty to carry today, but she appears to have little to beat and she can provide Tudhope with a winning comeback. As for tomorrow, she may be able to complete a rapid hat-trick.
Tomorrow, Tudhope, whose highlights of 2012 included a brace of Group 2 wins on O’Meara’s Penitent, a Great St Wilfrid Handicap success on Pepper Lane and a dramatic last-gasp victory on Doc Hay in Doncaster’s Portland Handicap, is set to partner Frontier Fighter in tomorrow’s bookmakers.co.uk Maiden Stakes.
The five-year-old made a belated public debut on this course on Boxing Day and was beaten by less than a length into second place. Provided this race does not come too quickly for him, he should be hard to beat.
Also worth noting on tomorrow’s card are Ruth Carr’s Dhhamaan (2.50), a winner here last week, who will be reunited with Jimmy Sullivan, and Cosmic Halo (3.55), who shaped well to finish a close-up third to the in-form Sir Boss on this track a fortnight ago.
Barry McHugh, rider of Cosmic Halo, has a couple of winning opportunities at Wolverhampton this afternoon.
He teams up with Cosmic Halo’s stablemate Above The Stars (4.50) and Richard Fahey’s filly, a good third here recently, commands respect, as does the Kevin Ryan-trained Rapscallion Deep (5.20).
There was plenty to like about the debut of Rapscallion Deep at Kempton last month when he was beaten only three lengths into fourth place. He should be wiser and sharper this time.
Lucky Mark can provide George Chaloner with his first winner of the year in the opening apprentices’ handicap.
The Gary Moss-trained gelding, a winner two starts ago, did not enjoy the best of luck after receiving a bump at the start on his latest outing.
The step up in trip may work the oracle for Koo And The Gang (3.20), a beaten favourite on this course last time out over seven furlongs. Graham Gibbons, who rides this course so well, takes the mount.
2.20 Lucky Mark, 2.50 One Way Or Another, 3.20 Koo And The Gang, 3.50 Rosie’s Lady (NAP), 4.20 Scribe, 4.50 Above The Stars, 5.20 Rapscallion Deep, 5.50 Positive Parenting.
Today’s other meetings: Taunton and Kempton.
2.20 Caldercruix, 2.05 Dhhamaan, 3.20 Hazza The Jazza, 3.55 Cosmic Halo, 4.25 Frontier Fighter (NAP), 4.55 Bold Adventure, 5.25 Rosie’s Lady.
Tomorrow’s other meetings: Chepstow and Leicester.