2.55pm Wolverhampton Tips & Betting Preview 23/03/2017

Seven runners take to the track for this 1m 4f handicap and it’s an interesting contest that contains a couple of last time out winners. Read on for our runner by runner guide, full preview and free betting tips.

IN SUMMARY: Lady Turpin is undoubtedly well-in off the same mark as her Southwell victory last week but this is harder and she’s worth taking on now facing a different surface. DUNQUIN won here a month ago and steps up in trip, something that should suit him. He ran well on his sole C&D start, finishing third, and hasn’t been overly burdened with a 3lb rise for that recent win. A big run is anticipated. Consortium can also go well back in trip but the lack of a third place for each-way players is a shame.

1 CONSORTIUM – Won here over the 1m 6f trip in February 2016 and he was far from disgraced on his first run for the Imogen Pickard yard after nearly a year off when fourth over further here in February (1m 5f, Std). Dropped back slightly in trip, he’ll need a strongly run race to be brought into play but he should have derived improvement from that reappearance run. Now only two pounds higher than his only winning mark and is entitled to go close with Callum Shepherd taking off 3lb.

2 PLAYTOTHEWHISTLE – Winless run stretches back to March 2015 but he has been showing positive signs of late despite finishing midfield on his last two runs. On his latest start, although only eighth of twelve, he was keeping on steadily and could never get involved in that race (1m, Std). He’s somewhat of an unknown quantity now upped drastically in trip and isn’t one to discount for the Michael Appleby yard with Silvestre De Sousa taking the ride. Set to go close if staying off a mark of 65 and is respected.

3 ENGLISH SUMMER – Fourteen times a winner on the flat but hasn’t been anywhere near his best this season, last seen well beaten over C&D in February when weakening out of things tamely. He’s now 28lb below his last winning mark but he’s clearly not the force of old and doesn’t make much appeal despite the Ian Williams yard being in blistering form at present. This ten year old looks set for a supporting role and is best left alone.

4 DUNQUIN – Very inconsistent five year old for John Mackie who had been soundly out of form this season before winning here, dropped into class six company for the first time (1m 1f, Std). Now back up 3lb in the weights but if building off that in a similar race he has to be considered dangerous, as he does hold form at the 1m 4f trip from previous runs. He stays the trip well and looks likely to be a main contender under Luke Morris, so should be respected.

5 MAMNOON – Showed little to nothing in a bumper at Huntingdon in October and continued that when well beaten in two maidens on the all weather. On his latest start at Kempton and final maiden, he did show slightly more when fifth, running well for a while before weakening out of things (1m 3f, Std). He was however allowed to set his own pace up front and the form of that race is likely best not taken on face value, as he wont have that luxury in this race. Handicap debut off a mark of 60 but doesn’t make much appeal in this.

6 SURROUND SOUND – Won over C&D way back in May 2015 off a 6lb lower mark and he’s been in good form of late, with form figures of 232 in his last three runs. On his latest start over C&D, he was far from disgraced when second to Monjeni, running on well but just unable to claw back the deficit. he remains on the same mark and he’s likely to go very close if remaining in the same form, though he does have a tendency to run on when it’s far too late. Place claims.

7 LADY TURPIN – Progressive four year old filly who has won two of her latest four starts and was quite impressive when winning by a couple of lengths at Southwell nine days ago. Runs off the same mark as a result of that being an apprentices-only handicap and will appeal to many as a result, but has to contend with a different surface this time around and looked to really enjoy the fibresand. The percentage call is to oppose now running on tapeta and in a race that looks deeper in terms of quality.

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