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Race of the Day on Sky Sports activities Racing: Lexington Knight can get his personal method out entrance in Wolverhampton opener | Racing Information | NEWSRUX

Monday’s opening race at Wolverhampton is an intriguing handicap during which Alan Thomson seems in any respect 9 runners earlier than nominating his fancy.

Monday’s £100,000 minimal Tote placepot pool assure is on provide at Wolverhampton, reside on Sky Sports activities Racing, and 9 runners have been declared for the High Odds Each Day With BetUK Handicap (4.25pm), a category 5 occasion over a mile-and-a-half on the Tapeta floor.

THE GROUNDWORK

Sizzling on the heels of Saturday night’s nine-race programme, the motion continues to come back thick and quick over the following two days at Dunstall Park.

Richard Fahey and Oisin Orr teamed as much as land a treble two days in the past however should not represented on at the moment’s card. Mark and Charlie Johnston, alongside John Butler, boast 22 per cent strike charges at Dunstall Park this yr.

Two different trainers come into at the moment’s featured race on the again of notable November hauls. Sir Mark Prescott has had two winners and 4 locations from 11 runners, whereas Craig Lidster boasts a file of two winners and two locations from solely eight runners.

LEADING FANCIES

Midrarr (stall 1)

A 3-time winner for William Haggas final summer time, together with over course and distance, Midrarr has since joined Chris Dwyer by way of a spell with Brian Ellison. Midrarr was a friendless 50/1 probability when ending final of 9 at Chelmsford Metropolis 20 days in the past however that was a barely stronger contest. She has dropped to a beneficial mark and Thore Hammer Hansen rides for the primary time.

Percy Willis (4)

Solely eighth within the race received by Lexington Knight right here in October and has a great bit on his plate. In the present day’s rider P J McDonald partnered Jedd O’Keeffe’s gelding to victory right here final winter, supplementing different all-weather successes at Southwell and Newcastle, and Percy Willis wasn’t overwhelmed too far when operating fifth to handicap snip Queen Of Ipanema 17 days in the past.

Genesius (8)

Gained over course and distance final August and virtually snapped an extended shedding run when caught on the road by Clifftop Heaven over course and distance 16 days in the past. That stretched his shedding sequence to 14 however Sir Mark Prescott’s gelding is normally within the thick of issues. Goes properly for 7lb apprentice Morgan Cole and Genesius is 6lb higher off with Lexington Knight on their operating behind Sarsons Threat at Leicester in early August.

Nolton Cross (7)

One among two Middleham Park Racing runners and the Hugo Palmer-trained three-year-old returned from a 53-day break to chase dwelling Fearless Bay at Southwell in late October. Nolton Cross was stepped up at school at Kempton subsequent time however did not minimize a lot ice in ending eighth to Ziggy. He was despatched off 2/1 favorite at Newcastle in September however ran a lot too freely in first-time blinkers, ending final. Clifford Lee’s mount scored over a mile right here in early January and is a critical contender.

Lexington Knight (2)

Richard Hannon’s gelding scored over course and distance final month however has little in hand of close-up third Genesius. A 3lb rise is okay and 7lb apprentice Alexander Viokhansky dons the primary Middleham Park cap. Lexington Knight has loved a fruitful summer time, making all to thump Neverbeen To Paris three lengths right here in August, and has been positioned at Ffos Las, Newmarket and Leicester.

Fairly Bouquet (6)

Having her first strive in handicap firm after operating fourth to James Fanshawe’s Wandering Rocks in a Doncaster novice stakes in late July. Keith Dalgleish’s three-year-old was overwhelmed by 9 lengths on that event however had earlier tamed Ralph Beckett’s disappointing Rechercher at Carlisle. Stays comparatively unexposed and Fairly Bouquet could also be able to bloom after getting back from a four-month absence.

Bugle Main (3)

Outran his 25/1 beginning value when overwhelmed in a blanket end by Clifftop Heaven and Genesius over course and distance 16 days in the past. Previously skilled by Richard Hughes when racing off larger marks, Bugle Main has twice completed runner-up for Archie Watson, at Lingfield and Kempton in October. Stays a maiden after 20 runs in Britain however received thrice in France earlier in his profession. Appeared a bit unfortunate final time when once more apprentice ridden and Luke Morris takes over the reins.

Masque Of Anarchy (5)

A 3-time winner final summer time, Masque Of Anarchy repeated the feat in newbie riders’ contests this July/August. Craig Lister’s gelding additionally posted a superb second in an enormous subject at Newmarket however has three lengths to seek out with Nolton Cross on their most up-to-date operating behind Fearless Bay at Southwell.

Chaos Management (9)

Has his first begin for Stuart Edmunds following some stable efforts in Eire. Scored twice at Dundalk as a juvenile and completed runner-up in three outings on the turf early this summer time. Mollie Philips has a clumsy draw to beat in stall 9 however Chaos Management is fascinating on UK debut.

THE VERDICT

Within the absence of some other apparent front-runner, LEXINGTON KNIGHT could get his personal method up entrance. Hopefully, his younger rider can get the fractions proper from an ideal pitch in stall two.

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