Rise To Glory primed for victory in Wolverhampton
WOLVERHAMPTON'S card is not necessarily for the faint-hearted but perhaps RISE TO GLORY can give those in attendance something to cheer about.
The seven-year-old is well acclimatised to the Dunstall Park terrain as he has won four times at the track over various distances.
Shaun Harris' entire has hitherto had a quiet year, though, and has hardly looked like a winner in waiting.
But that theory was realigned slightly at Chelmsford on March 18 when he showed some semblance of a return to form in a tight five-furlong handicap.
Rise To Glory was not fancied in the market, but he outran big odds to get to within a length and three-quarters of the winner, Flying Bear.
That run should be upgraded a little as he was denied his preferred front-running role from an early stage.
In a race lacking any discernible strength in depth, Rise To Glory could feasibly be afforded a soft lead as he races on the same mark off which he won so well at Chepstow last September.
Marco Botti has started the season in good nick and the Newmarket handler can expect to see GALILEANO find her stride in the 32Red.com Apprentice Handicap.
The three-year-old daughter of Galileo has steadily improved in two tries on the all-weather this year, with a solid effort at Dunstall Park a few weeks ago offering plenty of optimism for the future.
Galileano chased home the above-average Rosenbaum in a mile-and-a-half handicap and though she again faces some strong Godolphin rivals, this looks a nice opportunity for her.
She may be back up to a mark of 55, but it would be a bit of surprise if Botti's inmate did not prove better than that.
TIZLOVE REGARDLESS should be supported in the coral.co.uk Handicap.
Mark Johnston's four-year-old may be running from out of the handicap against some bang-in-form rivals, but he may have a little more scope than the rest.
The Tiznow colt has won before on the all-weather off a higher mark than this, while his recent second at Wolverhampton a week and a half ago bodes particularly well.
Despite having succumbed by just a neck to Canon Law, Tizlove Regardless came away from that race with plenty of credit as he only grew a little weary late in the piece.
Johnston has understandably stuck with the blinkers, which served him well in that race and should again have a galvanizing effect.
ASCENDANT is a tempting proposition in the Ludlow Charity Meeting Handicap Hurdle at the Shropshire venue.
The Johnny Farrelly-trained nine-year-old probably found the Imperial Cup at Sandown a bridge too far on his most recent outing, but he boasts a proud record at Ludlow.