Wolverhampton Preview: Dream Child can complete four-timer
Dream Child is unbeaten in four runs at Wolverhampton and can defy a further rise in the weights to land the 1m 1f handicap there today (5.00).
Trained by Charlie Appleby, this mare has a progressive profile and hold three previous victories at the West Midlands course.
The four-year-old’s last success came over 1m 4f at the track where she only had to be ridden out to readily beat Double Discount by 3/4 of a length off a mark of 88.
Dream Child scored with far more in hand than that winning margin suggests, and a 6lb rise in the weights could well be on the lenient side.
Connections have also offset the rise by putting up promising apprentice Kevin Stott, whose claim takes 3lb off Dream Child’s back.
It makes the daughter of Pivotal look weighted to complete a four-timer and, in what doesn’t look the strongest of class 2 contests, Dream Child is impossible to oppose.
The Ron Harris trained gelding is on a losing run of 20 having not scored since landing a nursery at Ffos Las back in 2012 off a rating of 78.
However, the five-year-old has run well to be placed on numerous occasions, including when runner-up in a class 3 contest at York off 86, and is now able to race in this class 5 affair off just 73.
That is 5lb lower than when last successful and gives Vincentti major claims at the weights.
This gelding landed back-to-back contest at Dundalk at the beginning of last year when trained in Ireland by Kevin Prendergast, with the last of those successes coming off a mark of 65.
The six-year-old is now able to race off a career-low mark of 60, having run well over course and distance five starts back when staying on strongly to finish fourth of 12 to Polar Forest off 6lb higher.
It gives The Firm, who is now in the care of Mark Loughnane, a big chance from a handicapping perspective, and the booking of Adam Kirby to do the steering suggests connections mean business.
4.00: Van Wilder
5.00: Dream Child (NAP)
6.00: The Firm (NB)