Kirby to score with Aguerooo
Chris Wilson previews Friday's fare and has a tip in every race, including Adam Kirby's mount Agueroo at Wolverhampton tonight.
Adam Kirby: Rider of Aguerooo.
DUNDALK: 5.30 Idyllic Acrylic, 6.00 Mulzamm, 6.30 Iskandar Prince, 7.00 Rock In Peace, 7.30 Pyla, 8.00 Almoner, 8.30 Poitin, 9.00 Mademoiselle Penny.
LIMERICK: 11.45 Clara Sorrento, 12.15 Cadmium, 12.45 Cadeau Du Bresil, 1.20 Hurricane Darwin, 1.55 Canny Tom, 2.30 For Sinead, 3.05 Irish Bulletin, 3.40 Sense Of Urgency.
SANDOWN: 12.40 More Buck's, 1.15 Dino Velvet, 1.50 Antartica De Thaix, 2.25 Coeur Blimey, 3.00 Gores Island, 3.35 Swincombe Toby.
SEDGEFIELD: 12.00 Hey Bob, 12.30 Dick Darsie, 1.05 On The Road, 1.40 LIGHTENING ROD (NAP), 2.15 Halcyon Days, 2.50 Royal Supremo, 3.25 Haighall.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 4.10 Indigo Princess, 4.40 Mustarrid, 5.10 Italian Beauty, 5.45 Ubla, 6.15 Aguerooo, 6.45 Paper Faces, 7.15 Frozon, 7.45 Condamine.
DOUBLE: Lightening Rod and Aguerooo.
Grade Two honours are up for grabs at Sandown on Friday, where Coeur Blimey can strike a blow at a big price for relatively-unheralded Devon trainer Sue Gardner.
Gardner adores this five-year-old, and it is easy to see why after having claimed the scalp of subsequent Champion Bumper hero Ballyandy at Ascot last December.
He never quite carried it though at the Cheltenham and Punchestown festivals, but reports from the Gardner team suggest Coeur Blimey has been working like an absolute dream ahead of his hurdling bow.
The Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle does not look a particularly vintage renewal, yet the selection, who should get every yard of the two and a half miles, should still be available at good odds against penalised horses.
Lightening Rod can arrest a long losing streak at Sedgefield.
Mick Easterby's 11-year-old has not won for nearly two years, but he is handicapped accordingly and appears to be coming back to hand judged by a decent effort at Wetherby
Expect his wily trainer to have him cherry-ripe for the Bank's Amber Handicap Hurdle.
Aguerooo can score beneath the Wolverhampton floodlights on what could be a challenging night for punters.
Eight races of varying degrees of difficulty present many issues for Dunstall Park racegoers.
But Aguerooo did enough over this course and distance to suggest he could have a solid chance in the feature event, the Betway Handicap.
The gelded son of Monsieur Bond tends to run in hot streaks, having won three on the spin last winter.
He also doubled up at Lingfield earlier this year in the manner of a progressive animal.
The Richard Hannon-trained three-year-old struggled in four subsequent outings, after which he was sent to Wolverhampton for a six-furlong sprint on October 1.
Not a lot was seemingly expected of him – he was sent on his way at odds of 33/1 – but he actually did quite nicely from off the pace.
Aguerooo stayed on earnestly in the hands of Tom Marquand to finish fourth, beaten three and a quarter lengths by Dougan, who won a nice race in Ireland on his last outing.
He again has a wide draw at Wolverhampton, but Hannon will surely see this as a nice opportunity now he has got his game together, while the appointment of Adam Kirby can be viewed as a statement of intent.
Frozon should be available at generous enough odds in the Betway App Handicap.
The Marjorie Fife-trained three-year-old is winless from nine starts, but he has shown spits and spots of reasonable form over the last year.
Frozon also turned in an interesting effort over a mile and a half at this track on November 19, when he was done no favours by a stop-start gallop.
Even so, he raced enthusiastically in stages and did well to get to within two and a half lengths of the winner, Stonecoldsoba.
Back in trip and now even lower in the weights, he could feasibly go well at a working man's price.
Posted at 1415 GMT on 02/12/16.