Wolverhampton best bet: Munificent looks good value on return to favourite trip
To round off a relatively quiet Monday at the races, Tipstrr racing pundit Steve Jones has seen something he likes in the very last race of the all-weather evening meeting at Wolverhampton.
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Under the circumstances, a good value bet to beat the market leaders is the course specialist, Munificent, who is a three-time winner over this very trip, each time under returning rider, Joey Haynes.
The most recent of those course-distance successes came last September when the partnership won a 0-62 handicap off a mark of 57, and that effort needs marking up considerably because Munificent was very keen in the early stages, to the extent that Haynes had little option but to let him stride out in front.
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To make things even more difficult, the six-year-old was then joined up front in the early stages, which endangered his finishing effort, but he kept going very gamely to hold off the runner-up with the front pair eventually pulling three lengths clear of the rest of the field.
The runner-up was a much younger three-year-old, who has returned to win over this trip off a mark that was effectively 4lbs higher than when beaten by Munificent, who is now a pound lower.
Munificent arrives in good shape for his first return to this winning trip following a very good effort at Kempton last month, when he finished fourth of 11 in a higher-graded Class 5 handicap over the longer six-furlong trip.
Chelsea Banham’s charge is a five-furlong specialist whose wins have all come over the minimum trip, so he looks poised to score again now back down in grade, back to his optimum trip, and back down below his last winning mark.
Suggested best bet: Munificent in the 20:30 at Wolverhampton
Elsewhere, it’s no real surprise to see Darlo Pride heading the early market on the back of his near-miss over this trip at Lingfield ten days ago, when he finished second of eight in a stronger 0-65 affair.
The front pair pulled a length clear of the rest, which makes Darlo Pride a big player from the inside draw in this weaker event, but it should be noted that the four-year-old has only ever won on Polytrack (twice at Chelmsford and once at Lingfield) whilst he has been beaten on both previous runs over this course and distance.
Next Best bet: Darlo Pride in the 20:30 at Wolverhampton