Wolverhampton: Toymaker weighted to strike
Toymaker can take advantage of a huge drop in the weights to land the 1m 1f handicap that opens proceedings on today’s card at Wolverhampton (2.20).
The gelding has won two of his three starts over course and distance on the old polytrack surface, and the last of those successes came in a class 5 contest off a mark of 72.
Trained by Phil McEntee, the eight-year-old is now able to race off a career-low rating of just 56 in this lower grade class 6 affair having shaped as if coming back to form in his last two starts.
In the last of those at Chelmsford City, Toymaker stayed on well from off the pace to finish a 1 1/2 length third to Goldmachen.
The deep surface at that new venue was far from ideal for the son of Starcraft, so in the circumstances it was a solid effort.
Although this is a first try on the Tapeta surface for Toymaker, everything suggests that he should handle it and his course form is a major plus.
This also looks an extremely weak contest for the grade, and with Adam Kirby in the saddle it looks a golden opportunity for Toymaker to get back to winning ways.
Louis Vee is another that has been given a chance by the assessor and looks decent value to land the spoils in the 5f handicap (3.25).
Trained by Roy Brotherton, the gelding is a three-time winner at the track, twice over today’s trip on the old polytrack surface, and shaped nicely on his penultimate start at this venue when fourth to Quality Art.
The seven-year-old kept on well after a slow start in the latter to be beaten 1 1/2 lengths off a mark of 55, and it was an effort which suggested his time was near.
Although Louis Vee failed to build on that run last time out when well beaten at Southwell, the son of Captain Rio seemed to hate the fibresand surface and is definitely worth another chance now returned to this venue.
The selection is also now able to race off a rating of 53, 1lb lower than when registering his last success on the all-weather and the same as when successful on the turf at Warwick last August.
It gives Louis Vee every chance from a handicapping perspective, especially if the fitting of the cheekpieces for the first time have the desired effect.
2.20: Toymaker (NAP)
3.25: Louis Vee (NB)
4.35: Thomas Blossom
5.05: Par Three