Thursday Wolverhampton top racing tip: Never Dark's prospects look bright

Tipstrr horse racing expert Steve Jones has been studying the form on Thursday's racecard, and recommends the value behind Never Dark on the all-weather track at Wolverhampton.

The early market is headed by Kim Wexler and Motawaazy, the former being a front-running mare who was beaten in a lower-tier Class 5 handicap over this very trip last time from a more favourable draw than today.

Meanwhile, the latter won very narrowly on the straight, uphill track at Newcastle last time, where he was all-out to hold on, and is now four pounds higher on a much sharper track that leaves him vulnerable from a speed perspective, as all previous wins were over six and seven furlongs.

That leaves potential value elsewhere, and brings in Never Dark, who looks a good bet now that he is back at the scene of his last win under today's rider, Jonny Peate, at the end of November.

15:45 (Wolverhampton) Never Dark

On that occasion, the six-year-old got the better of the useful favourite Pockley, who had easily won in this grade on his previous outing, and who then won again, this time up in Class 3 company. 

That leaves Never Dark as the only sprinter to beat Pockley from the 28 he faced in that series of three handicaps, and with the pair pulling well clear of the rest, that piece of course/distance form looks very strong in the context of today's event.

Off a five-pounds higher mark ten days later, Never Dark, again with Peate on board, went close to following up, beaten just half a length at Southwell, where he almost overcame top mark before being touched off by course specialist Jeans Maite, who was recording a third straight course/distance win.

Never Dark was raised another two pounds on his return to Southwell just before Christmas, when a poor draw still saw him miss second place by only a length, and the useful winner of that race is now rated 87, which is way ahead of today's standard, so it looks safe to say that Never Dark remains in decent form.

Two weeks later, he is back at the track that appears to suit his style better, and he is still potentially well-treated on his current mark of 75 (down a pound from last time) and his current run of good form is unlikely to be over with just yet. He has a very decent draw in stall 4 and another big run looks likely.

  • Next best: Ooh Is It

Of the others, Ooh Is It appears to be running back into form, which means he has to be highly respected from a favourable draw, especially as he is 13 pounds lower than the mark he was racing off as recently as last May.

He was beaten only a length around here over the longer six-furlong trip on his penultimate outing and his four career wins all came over the minimum distance, the last two of which were on this very track.

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