Hittin’The Skids, who made a victorious debut for North Yorkshire trainer Kevin Ryan at Wolverhampton last week, returns to the same venue today with every chance of completing a quick double – and may even run again tomorrow when Wolverhampton stage a mind-blowing 15-race card.
Although she failed to get her head in front when previously trained in Ireland, Hittin’The Skids ran some respectable races and even ran in Listed company on one occasion.
She was started off in fairly lowly company by Ryan, and, well-backed into favouritism, duly got on top late on under Paddy Aspell, who takes the mount again this afternoon.
Hittin’The Skids has a 6lb penalty to overcome in the No Deposit Free Bets With bookmakers.co.uk Handicap, but there is surely more to come from her.
Whether or not she takes her chance again tomorrow will probably be determined by how she gets on today. But Aspell has again been engaged for the mount in the selling handicap at 12.30pm.
Norton trainer Suzzanne France has a good chance of getting 2013 off to a flying start today, courtesy of Stamp Duty in the Best Horse Racing Odds With bookmakers.co.uk Handicap.
The mount of Tom Eaves, Stamp Duty finished a good second to Big Sylv on this course three weeks ago and may not have to improve much on that performance to go one better on a track where he has scored in the past.
Eaves, who has been in good form at this venue lately, has double prospects aboard English Summer in the Horse Racing Free Bets With bookmakers.co.uk Handicap.
A consistent performer, trained at Newmarket by David Simcock, English Summer gained a deserved win at Lingfield last time out. Raised only 3lb for that success, he has every chance of winning again.
Illustrious Forest promises to be hard to beat in the £50 Free Bet At coral.co.uk Handicap.
John Mackie’s course winner went down by only three-parts of a length to the in-form Sir Boss here last week. He can go one better under Graham Gibbons, who rides here exceptionally well.
Racing at Wolverhampton tomorrow will place particular emphasis on stamina for all concerned. The 15-race card, which includes an hour-long gap from 3pm to 4pm, begins at midday and ends at 7.30pm.
Mick Easterby’s On The Hoof (12.00), has been in tremendous form and is chasing a four-timer, while De Rigueur (1.30) won so well here three weeks ago that he merits a definite vote for Marco Botti and Seb Sanders.
The nap is awarded to David O’Meara’s Miss Bunter (2.30), a course winner, who will benefit from the 5lb claim of stable apprentice David Bergin, who has been absent since the end of the turf season early in November. He can return on a winning note.
Also worth noting on the marathon card are the Kevin Ryan-trained duo Le Toreador (4.00) and Waking Warrior (5.00), and the Charlie Hills-trained Cockney Dancer (6.00), who goes well on this course and will be partnered by York-based Robert Winston, who gets on particularly well with her.
1.35 Prince Of Prophets, 2.05 Charter, 2.35 Windforpower, 3.05 Illustrious Forest, 3.35 English Summer, 4.05 Stamp Duty, 4.35 Hittin’The Skids.
Today’s other meetings: Ayr and Lingfield.
12.00 on The Hoof, 12.30 Hittin’ The Skids, 1.00 Charlcot, 1.30 De Rigueur, 2.00 Royal Sea, 2.30 Miss Bunter (NAP), 3.00 Flying Tempo, 4.00 Le Toreador, 4.30 Sohcahtoa, 5.00 Waking Warrior, 5.30 Testa Rossa, 6.00 Cockney Dancer, 6.30 Big Sylv, 7.00 Golan Heights, 7.30 Story Writer.
Tomorrow’s other meetings: Lingfield and Musselburgh.