Three interesting runners to watch out for under lights at Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton hosts Monday's evening action, with the 1m½f fillies' handicap (6.30) arguably the best race of the whole day. Here are three to take an interest in.
The feature is a handicap, but Zest has been mixing it in even better races than this of late, including when she was a keeping-on second in a Listed race at Lingfield in November.
She switches surfaces here from Polytrack to Tapeta, but that rarely proves a problem. A bigger issue comes from her carrying top weight and thus having to give the best part of a stone to the likes of Dellaguista, who still counts as progressive even though her winning run came to an end over course and distance last time.
There are plenty of unexposed types in this handicap for three-year-olds, but Danzay comes here perhaps the least exposed of all given he made his debut just over a month ago. He made three starts in a fortnight to get his mark of 76 and, while he is unlikely to have done much more than freshen up in the 18 days since, he remains open to improvement.
The slight concern is that his best run so far came on Polytrack at Chelmsford, but it could easily be coincidence at this stage as he had both the benefit of his debut and was not coming off two hard races at the time. This should tell us more.
You do not need us to tip a 4-7 shot, but Abe Lincoln is a notable early indicator that turning these races from maidens into novice stakes will be beneficial in the long run.
Older-horse maidens were always reputedly the weakest of just about any races on the Flat, but Abe Lincoln, a winner on his debut, was just touched off in the Britannia in 2016 and sets a near Pattern-level standard. Maximinus Thrax, the second favourite, is also above average for this company, but he was getting weight when winning last time so needs to step up.
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