All The Winds looks to build on recent promising Wolves second
The 4:40 at Wolverhampton looks set to be a truly-run contest given the presence of front-running pair Illustrious Forest and Dubawi Island. With this in mind any doubts as to whether the contestants will see out the 1m4f trip will be magnified.
Illustrious Forest is one who is sure to find the 1m4f50yds trip highly delectable having gained four wins and two seconds from 10 runs over the distance here at Dunstall Park. Honest Deal, his neighbour in the handicap also boasts very solid credentials over the course and distance, only failing to make the rostrum in one of six Wolverhampton outings.
Honest Deal’s handicap mark has shot up 6lbs to 78 on the back of a wide-margin success at Southwell last time, but that track ranks far higher in the five-year-old’s affections than Dunstall Park where he’s never won off a rating higher than 60.
Illustrious Forest too has been climbing the handicap. After failing to defy a 5lb rise by a head last time he’ll need a career best effort to score here, but John Mackie’s son of Shinko Forest been consistent of late, his last three finishes reading 212.
With that sure-staying twosome demandingly weighted the race could be set up for All The Winds who showed signs of an upturn in form when downed by a length in a tactical affair over track and trip last time.
Left on a the same mark as he had for that runner-up run, the promising claimer Robert Tart has been called upon to bring his 5lbs to bear upon the eight-year-old’s victory tilt.
In the 3:40 Elijah Pepper finds himself distinctly well handicapped vis-à-vis Hail Promenader, Standpoint and California English. Despite finishing upsides of the trio in contests last year he’ll be at least 4lbs better off with those foes today.
Conor Dore’s gelding also receives a 9lb pull in the weights for a five length beating from Idol Deputy on his second run so far this year. Despite failing to show improvement since joining the yard in November he’s now 12lbs below his last course and distance winning mark, making a renaissance in the hands of his canny handler far from out of the question.