Wolverhampton Preview: Double Discount ready to deliver
Double Discount can take advantage of a drop in grade to make a winning debut on the Tapeta surface in the 1m 4f Coral handicap at Wolverhampton today (5.45).
The Tom Dascombe trained gelding is a tough and consistent sort who was last successful in a competitive contest at Kempton in October when readily beating Jazz Master by two lengths off a mark of 85.
The five-year-old got hit with a 7lb rise for that success, but ran really well of his revised rating of 92 when beaten just a length into second behind Solidarity in a class 3 contest at Kempton.
Double Discount was then far from disgraced off his current mark of 93 when sixth of 13 to Anglophile in a very competitive class 2 contest at the same venue.
The son of Invincible Spirit kept on well after losing his place three from home to be beaten 5 3/4 lengths, and the form has a strong look to it in the context of this lower grade class 3 contest.
In the 6f handicap that opens proceedings (4.15), Master Of Disguise looks weighted to go well.
The Brian Baugh trained gelding is on a long losing run having not scored since landing a claimer at the track in January 2012 off an official rating of 78.
However, the five-year-old has run well to be placed on numerous occasions and is now able to race off a career-low mark of just 54 having shaped well last time out.
That run came over course and distance, and Master Of Disguise got baldly hampered a furlong from home before keeping on again to finish a 2 1/4 length fifth of 10 to Hamis Al Bin.
The son of Kyllachy was unlucky not to finish much closer, and it was an effort which suggested the veteran could be ready to cash-in on his falling mark.
Trainer Eri cAlston does very well with his sprinters and the thriving Invincible Ridge can strike for him in the other 6f handicap on the card (4.45).
The seven-year-old is in the form of his life at present, and after scoring at the track on his penultimate start ran a cracker last time out when beaten a nose by Don’t Have It Then at Kempton.
Although now 3lb higher in the weights, Invincible Ridge is still well-treated off 82 on the pick of his form and the return to this venue where he has won two of his three starts looks sure to suit.
4.15: Master of Disguise (NB)
4.45: Invincible Ridge
5.45: Double Discount (NAP)
6.15: Dream And Hope