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Ryedale trainer Mick Easterby tipped for more Wolverhampton success
Sheriff Hutton trainer Mick Easterby, who has sent out a massive 17 winners at Wolverhampton this year, can add to his course score today and tomorrow.
That is provided the Polytrack circuit does not suffer a repeat of the probems it experienced on Saturday evening, when the meeting was abandoned after three races.
Jockeys reported the surface was balling beneath the feet of horses as the temperature fell and, on safety grounds, the final five races on the card were lost, though not before Easterby had made his mark with Pertemps Networks.
The gelding, who has a good Wolverhampton record, is set to make a quick reappearance tomorrow and, with Graham Gibbons back on board, should take plenty of beating in the Hotel & Conferencing At Wolverhampton Handicap over one and three-quarter miles.
Fame Again can also oblige for Easterby in the All Weather ‘Hands And Heels’ Apprentice Series Handicap and is awarded the nap vote.
The four-year-old finished a good third over seven furlongs at Doncaster on the final day of the turf season last month, but he has previously won on this course over tomorrow’s distance of nine furlongs.
Easterby also has chances at Wolverhampton this afternoon.
Under Par, a beaten co-favourite here ten days ago, finished third and was beaten by less than a length on her all-weather debut.
She may not have to improve much, if at all, to come out on top in the Like Us On Facebook Wolverhampton Racecourse.
Slewtoo represents Easterby in the Black Country’s Only Racecourse Fillies’ Handicap.
She has shown little in two starts this season, but she was a debut winner on Polytrack on her only outing last season when trained by Marco Botti.
Lightly-raced, it is far too early to write her off and she has chances off a mark of only 68.
Serena Brotherton, the North Yorkshire pilot who won the lady amateur riders’ title last month, looks to have a good mount on Bute Street (1.25) in today’s opening race. The Ron Hodges-trained handicapper is a previous winner over course and distance.
Watch out too for David Nicholls’ Greenhead High (1.55), who has been running well here lately, and the in-form Italian Riviera (3.30), who is bidding for a fourth successive win.
Back to tomorrow’s card and Prophets Pride (3.10) is likely to prove popular with punters in the juvenile maiden.
Trained by Jeremy Noseda at Newmarket, the colt did not appear to be fancied on his debut here a couple of weeks ago, but he came out best of the rest behind Yaroom, the easy winner.
Green on that occasion, Prophets Pride should be a little wiser this time. Graham Lee again has the mount.
1.25 Bute Street, 1.55 Greenhead High, 2.30 Under Par (NAP), 3.00 Rakticate, 3.30 Italian Riviera, 4.00 Caramel Sundae, 4.30 Bubbly Bailey, 5.00 Slewtoo.
Today’s other meetings: Plumpton and Kempton.
1.40 Fame Again (NAP), 2.10 Projectisle, 2.40 Infortual, 3.10 Prophets Pride, 3.40 Pertemps Networks, 4.10 Zilzie, 4.40 Silence Is Easy, 5.10 Nant Saeson.
Tomorrow’s other meetings: Folkestone and Towcester.