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Wolverhampton preview: Beatabout The Bush the one to beat

Beatabout The Bush is a fascinating contender now returned to the level in the 1m 4f handicap on this evening’s card at Wolverhampton (21.10), and looks weighted to take the the beating.

The gelding has just modest maiden form to his name on the flat and is yet to hit the frame in nine starts, but has shown improved form over hurdles since joining trainer Henry Oliver.

Beatabout The Bush landed back-to-back handicap hurdles at Wetherby and Sedgefield in January, and was last seen in action when finishing down the field in the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival off a rating of 130.

The five-year-old is able to race in this off a lowly flat mark of just 50, and that makes the son of Bushranger potentially thrown-in at the weights if translating the improvement he has shown over the obstacles back to the level.

Connections have also found Beatabout The Bush what looks a great opening in a weak class 6 contest lacking any real strength in depth, and with Willie Twiston-Davies in the saddle he can get the better of Fanny Again to land the spoils.

Breslin failed to land a gamble last time out, but looks worth another chance to confirm previous promise in the 1m nursery (19.10).

The Mick Channon trained colt has only had five starts, and shaped well on his debut at Ascot when a not knocked about sixth of 13 to Ray’s The Bar in a class 4 contest.

Breslin has since gone on to post a solid effort when staying on to finish a never nearer 5 3/4 length sixth of 13 in a decent 7f maiden at Newcastle, and ran better than his final finishing position suggests on handicap debut at Windsor when sixth of nine to Cartago.

Cartago has since gone on to follow-up off a mark of 81, and the form looks strong in the context of this lower grade class 6 affair.

It suggests Breslin is on a handy mark off rating of just 59, and although only 10th at Redcar last time out when punted off the boards a slow start didn’t help his cause and the son of Atlantic Sport was far from disgraced given how the race panned out.

Selections:
17.40: Duffel
18.10: Theos Lolly
18.40: Berlusca
19.10: Breslin (NB)
19.40: Qaffaal
20.10: Pure Vanity
20.40: San Quentin
21.10: Beatabout The Bush (NAP)