Updated 9.13, 9.23 - no further selections.
FOXY BOY is on a long losing run and lacks a recent outing, but he’s dropped to a favourable mark and could go well in the opening 5f handicap at Wolverhampton Friday evening (5.15).
He has generally struggled since being bought quite cheaply a year ago by his current connctions, but he went very close on the only previous occasion that he was dropped to this grade at Hamilton in July.
He never really looked like winning on the three occasions he raced on synthetics earlier this year, but those runs all came off in class 5 events off marks of 68 or 69, and a repetition of those efforts would see him in the shake-up in this lowly company.
It’s encouraging that he shaped quite nicely after a three-month absence over 6f here in January on his first start for the stable. He’s potentially well drawn and has had wind surgery since his last run, and if he approaches even this season’s best efforts on a return from a short break he’ll be thereabouts.
MAJDOOL was extremely impressive by class 6 standards when winning at Wolverhampton, and given he has bags of scope with his handicap mark based on past all-weather performances he should be hard to beat over the same course and distance Friday evening (6.15).
He could hardly have been more impressive here last time, travelling strongly despite a poor track position all the way round, challenging going strongly entering the straight and pulling well clear in a good time despite a slightly awkward head carriage. He isn’t totally straightforward and has a tendency to rear in the stalls, but he had so much in hand last time that he still looks the one to beat here under a 6lb penalty (will be a further 2lb higher from tomorrow).
Hugh's Best Bets (scale 1-5 points):
1pt win FOXY BOY (16-1 bet365, 14-1 Betfred, Coral, William Hill, 12-1 general)
1pt win MAJDOOL (100-30 Betfred, bet365, Coral, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, William Hill)
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