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Prepare for an early ‘Hurricane!’

Published: 
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Axe Cap ticks enough boxes for a serious each-way punt in the eight-runner Nursery Handicap over six furlongs of Wolverhampton tapeta tonight; eighteen days ago this Zebedee filly achieved a significent ‘career-best’ effort over the minimum trip on this unique track when beaten only a length by Towelrads Boy with odds-on favourite, Militia, a neck away.

Also significant was the heavy support for Axe Cap, trained by ‘rookie’ Archie Watson, who also runs Arden Pearl!

Judged on that time-handicap mark Axe Cap is ‘best-in’ but will be tackling this trip for the first time; it’s one of only two concerns, the other is progressive Phil McEntee-trained Image, mount of Rossa Ryan, who claims the full 7lbs apprenticeship allowance. That could weigh heavily against us!

From way back one was told not to ‘build in’ allowances but, when an apprentice is above average, such advice has to be balanced in context; I’ll be surprised if Image, close third at Chelmsford last time, isn’t a pest to Axe Cap.

Realistically both should make the frame but course experience is a major factor, along with booking of all-weather champion jockey, Luke Morris!

Earlier Richard Hannon-trained Drakefell, nap winner over course distance last week, is one of eight ‘decs’ for a Novice Stakes over five furlongs of Lingfield polytrack, mount of Rossa!

Drakefield has a penalty, 7lbs!

Don’t oppose without good reasons even though both once-raced Hit The Beat and Zouch are obvious TH dangers.

Another ‘eighter’* will be an opening 2-y-o Selling Stakes over a mile, ideal for a punt on muti-raced, but improving, Hurricane Lil.

An interesting, competitive seller, obviously a few owners are now needing to ‘get rid’ having paid at least £60 a day for racehorses which haven’t managed to win!

Ownership, though stimulating, can be extremely costly for the majority, a reason why I’m out!

Today all selections are ‘each-way’ in eight-horse races; pray there are no withdrawals and don’t venture forth until you are satisfied there aren’t any.

Bookmakers will go to low depths to thwart so-called ‘each-way thieves!’