Powerful Pierre tipped to keep up Wolverhampton run

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Powerful Pierre, narrowly beaten at Lingfield on his latest outing, makes the journey from North Yorkshire back to his beloved Wolverhampton today with every chance of resuming winning ways.

Trained at Norton by Ollie Pears, the six-year-old went down by only half a length on his most recent start which spoiled his attempt to complete a four-timer.

Powerful Pierre had previously rattled up a hat-trick of wins at Wolverhampton, proving his liking for the left-handed Polytrack circuit.

Powerful Pierre lines up in this afternoon’s Compare Bookmakers At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap.

Jacob Butterfield, who gets on so well with him, is again in the saddle.

Graham Lee can also figure on the Wolverhampton scoresheet.

The top northern jockey, who has enjoyed another good year on the Flat, rides Coiste Bodhar in the 32Red.com Nursery Handicap.

The two-year-old is overdue a winning turn having finished second on his last two starts, which includes a short head defeat here at the weekend.

Itsnowcato has a winning opportunity in the opening 32Red Maiden Auction Stakes.

Trained at Newmarket by Ed Walker, the juvenile was a respectable second at Kempton last month, which was an improved effort on his unplaced debut performance. He can make it third time lucky and is awarded the nap vote.

Also worth noting are the in-form Tracks Of My Tears (4.10), who is seeking his third course success in four outings, and recent Lingfield scorer Modernism (4.40).

Over the jumps at Musselburgh, My Idea is selected to lift the 32Red Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase.

Maurice Barnes’ gelding got his head in front ovet this course and distance ten days ago when beating Teo Vivo by five lengths.

A 7lb penalty may not prevent him from completing a double.

Denis O’Regan could prove the jockey to follow.

He has double prospects aboard Population and Merchant Of Dubai.

Trained at Newmarket by John Ferguson, Population, a very useful bumper horse, has not made the expected progression over hurdles, but he does have a rating of 123 and his recent fourth-placed effort at Ascot would probably be good enough to win this contest.

Merchant Of Dubai was a winner on the Flat on this course.

He has been lightly raced over hurdles but he shaped well on his reappearance after a lengthy absence to finish second on this course this month.

He promises to run well in the £10,000 32Red.com Handicap Hurdle.

Racing selections

Musselburgh today 12.15 My Idea, 12.45 Momkinzain, 1.15 Population, 1.45 Stitched In Time, 2.20 Merchant Of Dubai, 2.50 Kealigolane, 3.20 Coinage.

Wolverhampton today 2.10 Itsnowcato (NAP), 2.40 Coiste Bodhar, 3.10 Rancho Montoya, 3.40 Powerful Pierre, 4.10 Tracks Of My Tears, 4.40 Modernism, 5.10 Jaladee.

Today’s other meeting: Lingfield.

Tomorrow’s meetings: Fontwell, Southwell and Uttoxeter.

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