The steamer of the day is undoubtedly GOLDEN WOLF (2.50, Wolverhampton) who has been smashed into a general 10-11 having opened up an 11-4 chance. He belied odds of 50-1 to finish a promising third at Kempton on his racecourse debut and his shrewd connections are clearly expecting him to step up on that this afternoon.
Thirty minutes later at the West Midlands venue, SIDEWINDER (3.20, Wolverhampton) has been backed (4-1 into 11-4) to make the most of a drop in class. Only beaten a length and a quarter in stronger company here last time, Tom Dascombe’s maiden appears to be edging closer to that first career win.
Northumberland trainer Ann Hamilton has sent out a winner and two seconds from her last three runners and punters are expecting another of the stable representatives to go well this afternoon. OAK VINTAGE (2.30, Hexham) is 0-4 over fences and was beaten 35 lengths at Sedgefield last time, but the combination of a step back up in trip and 6lb lower mark has seen his price contract to 7-1 from 16-1.
The biggest mover on Southwell’s seven-race jumps card is GOODGIRLTERESA (4.10, Southwell) who was as big as 12-1 overnight but is now a general 4-1 chance to make a winning debut for trainer Neil Mulholland. The mare needs to step up on what she showed for former handler Neil King if she is to trouble market leader Brillare Momento but punters are clearly anticipating an improved showing for her new connections.