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Wolverhampton Racecourse

The Cheltenham Festival may well be the only racing you’re focusing on at the current moment. Nevertheless, there’s still some competitive action from the All-Weather on Friday and Saturday, including Wolverhampton live on ITV.

Here’s three eye-catching contenders from Chelmsford, Dundalk and Wolverhampton this Friday. Be sure to check out our tips and analysis as we build towards the Festival, as well as our Cheltenham Free Bets and a Cheltenham Mega Acca!

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3.40 Chelmsford: Swissal

Thirty starts away from Chelmsford have yielded just two wins for SWISSAL. He’s won both runs at the Essex venue though. Success in 2017 in a lowly nursery event preceded a recent win in a seven furlong handicap.

His juvenile win came from a mark of 62, the same mark he has tonight. He may well be five pounds higher than when scoring here in February, however the form of that win has been franked by the second, who scored by two-lengths next time out.

He’s shaped positively at Kepmpton twice since the latest success. He went down narrowly over six furlongs ten days after the victory and he did well to finish fourth despite a poor start over seven the next day. Given a couple of weeks off since those exertions and returned to his favoured course, he’s a cracking each way bet.

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5.45 Dundalk: Eglish

Colin Keane operated at a remakrable £44.84 profit to a £1 level stake at Dundalk in 2019, with twenty seven winners. He’s started this year in similarly impressive form, partnering six mounts to success from just twenty eight rides.

That includes Adrian McGuiness’ EGLISH, upon whom he scored on Valentine’s Day. That success brought up a three-timer for the filly, following a win over track and trip in January and an impressive four-length success at Wolverhampton.

The three-year-old only had a head to spare when scoring over six here last month. However, she stayed on strongly there, suggesting a return to seven furlongs would unlock further improvement. With an impressive record of 32111 on the All-Weather and partnered by Keane, she’s impossible to discount.

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6.30 Wolverhampton: Swinging Eddie

Grant Tuer isn’t a household name but he’s gained a reputation at Wolverhampton over the past year. The North Yorkshire based trainer has sent eight runners to the Tapeta course in that period, with four returning home with the spoils. With two of those losers available at double-figure prices, it’s fair to suggest that his fancied horses do very well at the track.

He stands a great chance of enhancing his impressive record at the course with SWINGING EDDIE tonight. Formerly trained by Kevin Ryan, the gelding struggled on stable debut back from a lay off in January. He shaped far more positively stepped up to six furlongs next month though.

Despite racing keenly, the four-year-old stayed on strongly to finish fourth, beaten half-a-length. A step up to seven furlongs should unlock further improvement, and he’s kindly been kept on the same mark. Still seven pounds below his opening mark, he has leading claims of shedding his maiden tag here.

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