Monday Wolverhampton top racing tip: Silver Dollar can cash in on favourable draw

Tipstrr horse racing expert Steve Jones has kicked off the week by picking out his best value bet from the first race of this evening's meeting at Wolverhampton's all-weather track.

There is a very short run to the first sharp bend over this trip, so it is no real surprise that nine of the last ten winners of this race have been drawn in the lowest four stalls. Anything drawn higher is very often forced to race wide or is consigned to dropping in at the back of the field and hoping for a fast pace.

Of those drawn in the favoured inside four stalls today, Desert Dream hasn't won on the all-weather for over two years and Jupiter Express is a 16-race maiden sprinter who does the vast majority of his racing over five and six furlongs.

That leaves Pessoa and Silver Dollar, with the former installed as the early favourite on the back of his recent win over this course and distance just before Christmas.

Completely unfancied in the market, he sprang a surprise to win at 33/1 and he did so comfortably, beating ten rivals by a couple of lengths, despite the significant disadvantage of a stall 10 draw.

From that wide berth, he had to come from a long way back, hitting the front inside the last half-furlong before going clear to win on his all-weather debut, so there should be plenty more to come from him with that run under his belt.

However, one who can beat him today is the grey, Silver Dollar, who ran much better than his finishing position suggests in another handicap over this very trip just last Thursday.

17:30 (Wolverhampton) Silver Dollar

He had a terrible draw in stall 11, but his rider elected to try for a forward position and, as a result, he got caught out wide in the early stages. The five-year-old pulled hard as he tried to move further forward under restraint, and those early exertions finally took their toll.

Now that he looks to be back in form after three runs since returning from his last break, Silver Dollar is of major interest because his last win, which came only three runs before his break, came in a 10-runner 0-67 handicap, which he won off a mark of 64 (two pounds higher than today).

That last win was also over this this distance, and his effort needs marking up because he raced prominently from another wide draw in stall 10 at Lingfield, where there is a much longer run to the first bend so he just about had time to cut across his rivals to hit the bend on the shoulder of the leader.

He was never going to be able to repeat that manoeuvre from Thursday's wide draw at this venue, but stall 4 today definitely warrants a quick return to the track for this weaker race.

He is more than good enough to win at this level, as he showed at Lingfield, where he beat five runners rated higher than any in this race, and now two pounds lower, he looks to have been underestimated in the early market.

Oliver Stammers is a strong booking for a race of this nature, which is confined to apprentice riders, because he is the top track jockey in the race, so it is very significant that Newmarket trainer Robert Eddery, whose latest runner was a winner, has booked this jockey for the first time.

The competent rider should easily be able to secure a good prominent position on the short run to the first bend, after which Silver Dollar will be in prime position to strike again.

He does enjoy this Tapeta track because it was here than he gained his first career win, in a six-furlong handicap in March last year, when he outclassed ten other 0-67 sprinters to win by more than three lengths from stall 2.

Having since proved at least as good over this seven-furlong trip, he is handicapped to strike against a very moderate group of older horses.

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