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Wolverhampton best bets: Graffiti ready to progress further, Zumaaty no forlorn hope

There’s a decent all-weather meeting to enjoy at Wolverhampton on Thursday night, and this nine-furlong handicap looks likely to produce one of the most competitive races on the card.

20:00 Wolverhampton: Get The Inside Track With Handicap (1 mile 1½ furlongs)

Working from the bottom of the betting upwards, there’s a couple of runners that looking capable of outracing their double-digit odds.

We backed bottom-weight Zumaaty last time out and the six-year-old promptly gave claiming jockey Ethan Jones a torrid time over Newcastle’s straight mile.

Lewis Edmunds had led him to a half-length second here just a week previously, and he reunites here looking to produce a more disciplined run, and if he succeeds then Zumaaty certainly merits further each-way consideration at his current price

Each-way punt: Zumaaty in the 20:00 at Wolverhampton

At the top end of the betting, just a couple of points cover the five market leaders, all of whom have the credentials to land a blow in a race of this type.

Last-time-out winner Crafter looks most likely to be sent off as the tentative favourite, and under Billy Loughnane he clearly has every chance of backing up that course-distance success of just 12 days ago.

Snooze Lane and Coolree also arrive with decent recent form, but carrying slightly better value is another previous course-and-distance winner Graffiti, who has been progressing nicely for Gary Brown over the winter.

Suggested best bet: Graffiti in the 20:00 at Wolverhampton

This versatile type has enjoyed turf success both on the flat and over hurdles, and has carried that ability seamlessly onto synthetic surfaces, kicking off with a 3½-length victory over this course and distance in November,

Two more frame finishes followed earlier this year, and the five-year-old was far from disgraced when fourth of nine over an extended mile trip here 19 days ago.

This slight drop to 0-65 company should help produce a competitive run, and hopes should be boosted further by the seven-pound claim of jockey Liam Wright.

We should also factor in that trainer Brown certainly knows the way to Wolverhampton’s winners’ circle, having saddled nine winners from just 35 runners at the Black Country track for an impressive 26% win rate. 

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