Monday Wolverhampton top racing tip: Bond Boy can impress over preferred course and distance

Tipstrr horse racing pundit Steve Jones looks ahead to tonight's meeting at Wolverhampton, where he has picked out a top course-and-distance performer as his best bet of the day.

The early favourite, Dubai Immo, is a 14-race maiden who has finished runner-up in exactly half of those races. 

There are clearly doubts about his ability to get his nose in front, and he has been tried in all sorts of different headgear combinations, so he has to be vulnerable, even with Billy Loughnane's good-value claim.

Those doubts create potential value elsewhere in the market, which brings in Jenson Benson, who was narrowly beaten over this course and distance just last week.

He was beaten a head and a neck by two runners rated higher than any of today's field and he runs off an unchanged mark, so he has to be a big player, especially with Kieran Shoemark brought back to renew the partnership that enjoyed a winning ride in September 2021.

One who can beat him today, however, is Michael Appleby's Bond Boy, who has a better overall profile on this Tapeta track, where he boasts figures of 221.

19:00 (Wolverhampton) Bond Boy

His first visit was back in March last year when he finished second of 12 in a seven-furlong maiden, when the front pair pulled fully 4.5 lengths clear of the rest, and the winner returned later in the year to run very well in a couple of Class 5 handicaps.

Bond Boy went even closer on his second visit over this very trip at the end of last year, when he finished just half a length behind Johnny Boom, to whom he conceded two pounds after riding claims.

Once again, the front pair pulled more than three lengths clear of the rest of the field, and the narrow winner (who enjoyed a far better draw in stall 2, with Bond Boy drawn widest of all) returned to win again here the following week.

On that piece of course-and-distance form in particular, Bond Boy has a good chance here, as he is racing off just two pounds higher than when coming back to win over seven furlongs at this favoured track on his penultimate outing earlier this month.

Beating 11 rivals, he finished a length clear of the runner-up, who has since franked the form by running within a neck of winning a 0-72 back here off the same mark.

With such a solid series of runs at this venue, Bond Boy looks sure to go well from a much more favourable draw than when he was edged-out by Johnny Boom.

The yard has been firing in lots of all-weather winners lately (12 in the last two weeks) and this can be another, while the return of the visor would indicate that a bold prominent-racing performance will be forthcoming.

Next best bet: Jenson Benson

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