Wolverhampton Racecourse is an all-weather only track located just northwest of Birmingham. It was the first track in the UK to install floodlights as well as the first to install a Tapeta surface. Saturday night fixtures are a regular here and tend to be the best attended of their meetings.
Wolverhampton Betting Tips
A tight left-handed oval, a mile in circumference with a run in of just less than 2 furlongs, the track tends to favour those who like to race close to the pace. The Tapeta surface is something of a middle ground between Polytrack and Fibresand and is a specialist surface. It’s too early into the racing on Tapeta at Newcastle to know if form will translate from the sharp oval at Wolverhampton racecourse to the stiffer track at Newcastle. However, this is certainly something to bear in mind.
Wolverhampton Draw Bias
There is an advantage to being drawn low at Wolverhampton, but it may not be as big as one might think given the track. Over 5 furlongs the low bias tends to be more apparent the bigger the field, with very little bias at all over the 6 furlong trip. The 7 furlong start is on a chute with a short run to the first bend so again it is beneficial to be drawn low. It is however not impossible to win from a wider draw. Interestingly, the biggest bias at Wolverhampton racecourse is over the 8.5 furlong trip which starts directly in front of the stands. The short run to the bend out of the straight produces more low drawn winners than any other trip.
Wolverhampton Betting Trends
The surface can favour U.S. bred horses, with the make up of the track also as close to a U.S. course as we have in the UK. James Doyle doesn’t make too many trips to the Midlands venue but he is worth following when he does. A 24% strike rate for a +£63.09 level stake profit in the last five seasons is well worth noting.
Saeed bin Suroor, who Doyle regularly rides for, boasts a 21% strike rate in the same period with raiders suggesting that they are deserving of plenty of respect when they do team up. This is slightly ahead of Godolphin’s last 5 season winning record of 32%.
Another to follow is Marco Botti, trainer of Grendisar – the 2016 Coral Winter Derby at another All Weather track, Lingfield. He has a 20% strike rate in the last five seasons for a level stakes profit of +£24.
Wolverhampton Feature Races
- Lady Wulfruna Stakes (Listed) (7f)
- Lincoln Trial Handicap (1m 55y)