Returning Kenny Powers bids for Wulfruna win
ON HIS last start, Kenny Powers was denied by a short head in the Listed Ladbrokes Lady Wulfruna Stakes, and the five-year-old makes his reappearance in the same race this afternoon at Wolverhampton.
Trained by Tom Dascombe, Kenny Powers narrowly lost out to the Marco Botti-trained Solar Deity, with Botti this year relying on Hasopop.
Dascombe said: "A fit Kenny Powers would take all the beating. I just hope he's fit enough. He's done lots of work. As long as he settles and doesn't run too fresh on his first run back, I think he'll go close."
Away from Wolverhampton, there is jump racing at Ayr, Chepstow, Gowran Park and Sandown.
Today's key pointers
1. Donald McCain is 7/17 in novice hurdle races at Ayr since the start of 2012 (+£10.52 to £1 level stakes). He runs I Need Gold in the 1.55.
2. Paul Nicholls has won Sandown's William Hill Handicap Chase (2.40) four times since 2005 with Inca Trail ('05), Reflected Glory ('07), Meanus Dandy ('10) and Mon Parrain ('11). Merrion Square, who won at this meeting last year, is his representative this time around.
3. Martin and David Pipe have won the Imperial Cup (3.15) six times in the last 15 years. Gaspara, the 2007 winner, went on to win the Fred Winter at Cheltenham a few days later to pick up a £75,000 bonus, while 2008 winner Ashkazar went close to emulating that feat when he finished second in the same race. Swing Bowler and Baltimore Rock are Pipe's runners this year.
4. Lucinda Russell has a 27 per cent strike-rate with her handicap chasers at Ayr during the month of March since 2005, for a profit of £22.06 to £1 stakes. Etxalar bids to improve that record in the 3m 1f contest at 4.15.
5. Paul Nicholls is 5-5 in the 4.25 at Sandown in the past decade, so Sound Investment should live up to his name in that race.
Pointers appear from Raceform Interactive
Chepstow: heavy, soft in places
Gowran Park: soft, soft to heavy in places
Sandown: hurdles - soft, chase - soft, back straight good to soft