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Roger Varian’s colt showed that he had done plenty of growing from two to three when returning to the track in dominating fashion at Kempton last time out. He brushed aside a couple of previous winners to score handsomely, displaying a nice turn of foot that day, with the rest of the pack labouring in behind. Awarded a Racing Post Rating of 92 for the victory, it’ll be disappointing if the colt couldn’t follow up even under a penalty. His trainer is in cracking form right now, operating at a 30% strike-rate in the past fortnight. Furthermore, in these novice event’s Varian has saddled 16 winners from his 42 representatives for an impressive 38% return.

Summa Peto

This looks a really hot handicap where you couldn’t rule out any of the seven. All have won or run well in 2021 already, but perhaps most impressive was Keith Dagliesh’s Summa Peto who scored by an eased-down 6½l at Ayr last month. That was a step up to a mile, so he’s clearly improved not only from two to three, but for a sterner test of stamina. That’s not to say his juvenile form was  poor, having run Chesham runner-up March Law to within a short head on his second start. This is his first run on the all-weather which is a slight question mark, but his opening mark of 83 looks fair, having given a 79-rated filly 5lbs and a hefty beating last time out.

Diamonds At Dusk

Michael Bell’s filly finished in between the subsequent Listed winners Zeyaadah and Mystery Angel over a mile at Chelmsford three starts back, and it’s with this step back up in trip we could see a similar performance. If repeating the level of that run, she could make a handicap mark of 60 look very silly indeed. Her return to action this season saw her in a good light despite slightly stumbling early on and coming very wide into the straight, she kept on well over 7f to get up late for third place. She makes her tapeta debut this time and if taken to the surface will give the likes of last-time out winner Little Gem something to think about.

Blue Beret

This step up in trip looks just the tonic for Simon Dow’s filly who has run crackers on her last two outings at Chelmsford and here at Wolverhampton. She circled the field turning for home on her last outing at Dunstall Park, just losing out in a three-way battle to the line, keeping on all the way. Then, on her trip to Essex, the Helmet filly, like the rest of the field, let the leader get the first kick coming into the straight, faring best of the rest as she plugged on into second. A stronger stamina test looks likely to suit her, and off the same mark as those two runs, has to be respected.

About Wolverhampton Racecourse

Racing takes place predominantly under the lights at Wolverhampton (the first racecourse in the UK to boast them) throughout the year. As one of the UK’s six all-weather venues it’s one of the busiest with over 80 meetings throughout the year on it’s Tapeta surface.

A tight, oval track, it can be that prominent runners have a slight advantage in races at Dunstall Park. The 7f Lady Wulfruna Stakes is the track’s highlight with the Listed contest offering a first prize of over £28,000 in 2020.

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