Wolverhampton preview: Next Edition can cash-in on class drop
David Metcalf | February 8, 2016
Next Edition can take advantage of a drop in in class to score an overdue success in the 1m 5f handicap at Wolverhampton today (14.10).
The Phil Kirby trained eight-year-old is on a long losing run, having not scored since landing a class 4 contest at Musselburgh back in May 2013 by 3 1/4 lengths off a mark of 76.
However, the gelding has run well to make the frame on numerous occasions and is now able to race in this class 6 contest off a reduced rating of just 60.
That is a massive 16lb lower than when last successful, and although not at his best in his last two starts Next Edition had previously hinted that his time was near in two runs over course and distance in class 5 contests.
After finishing 1 1/2 length third to With Hindsight when getting little assistance in the saddle from a very inexperienced rider, Next Edition failed by just a head to overhaul the same rival next time up.
The son of Antonius Pius was arguably given too much to do in the latter, but it was a fine effort and a reproduction is going to make Next Edition tough to beat in this lower grade affair.
Binky Blue the one to beat
Binky Blue is in fine form at present and can give in-form trainer Mark Loughnane another winner in the 7f selling stakes (16.10).
The filly has won two of her last three starts, and lost little in defeat last time out when going down by two lengths to Clement in a class 6 handicap at Lingfield.
Binky Blue stuck to the task well, and although now 4lb higher in the weights the four-year-old is clearly thriving at present and this represents a drop in grade.
The daughter of Approve is also a course and distance winner, and with Luke Morris the the saddle this looks a nice opportunity for Binky Blue to notch another success for a yard that has been banging in winners left, right and centre in recent weeks.
14.10: Next Edition (NAP)
16.10: Binky Blue (NB)
16.40: Hillbilly Boy
17.10: Mountain Man