Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend:
2015: £225.40 (6 favourites: 2 winners--1 placed--3 unplaced)
1.50: Four and five-year-olds have (equally) shared six of the last eight renewals, whilst the last nine gold medallists have carried a maximum burden of nine stones. Last year's winner RAT CATCHER qualifies via the weight trends (as do most of the runners), whilst the pick of the relevant vintage raiders might prove to be CHARLIE LAD and WARM ORDER.
Favourite factor: Five of the 10 favourites have secured Placepot positions during the last decade, statistics which include three winners.
Wolverhampton record of course winners in the opening event:
2/19--Rat Catcher (Dual C&D winner)
2/7--Lizzie's Dream (Dual C&D winner)
1/14--Bilash (C&D winner)
1/11--Novabridge (C&D winner)
2/7--Warm Order (Dual C&D winner)
2.20: The last seven winners have carried nine stones or more during the which time, three favourites have prevailed. FAIRY FOXGLOVE hails from the right sector of the weight and with her good course record going for her, Tony Hamilton's mount is the first name on the team sheet. Others for overnight consideration include MERCURY and CALEDONIA LAIRD.
Favourite factor: Only four of the 10 market leaders of late have secured Placepot positions, albeit nine winners during the study period scored at a top price of 8/1, half a dozen of which were returned at 5/1 or less.
Wolverhampton record of course winners in the second race:
1/5--Mr Christopher (C&D winner)
2/3--Fairy Foxglove (C&D winner)
2/7--Admirable Art (Dual C&D winner)
2/17--Hawk Moth (Dual C&D winner)
8/39--Smalljohn (C&D winner x 8)
3/20--Zed Candy Girl (Dual C&D winner)
8/43--Pipers Piping (C&D winner x 6)
2.50: Three-year-olds have won all seven renewals to date, albeit via 68.5% of the total number of runners (37/54). Junior raiders are 2/7 to extend the trend before form is taken into account, with SONG LARK, OUR LITTLE SISTER and the Charlie Hills newcomer BEAUTY heading the interesting list at the time of writing.
Favourite factor: Four of the last five market leaders claimed toteplacepot positions by winning their respective events.
3.20: Recent winners LITTLE STAMPY and PASS THE TIME should certainly claim at least one Placepot position between them though from a win perspective, though my wallet will remain closed for this marathon event. I have made the point several times over the years that punting in these races is a dangerous pastime, bearing in mind that horses have little in the way of speed in such races. UNEX MODIGLIANI is added to the overnight mix.
Favourite factor: Last year's inaugural 6/4 market leader was beaten 'three parts' by the 9/4 second favourite when securing a Placepot position.
Wolverhampton record of course winners in the fourth race:
2/13--Yorkshireman (Dual C&D winner)
3.50: Mark Johnston has by far the best strike rate with three-year-olds via the five represented trainers down the years whereby I will chance SPACE MOUNTAIN on his first outing for the thick end of five months. That said, permutations were invented to minimise risks in these pool bets; hence horses with more recent form are added to the mix, namely DR DREY and FRAP.
Favourite factor: This is a new race on the Wolverhampton card.
4.20: No horse has carried more than 9-2 in this contest to date whereby the jury is out relating to the chance of SOLAR DEITY. It might be safer to opt for fellow course and distance winner RAZOR WIND accordingly, whilst also respecting the chance of Andrew Balding's recent Chelmsford winner DANCE OF FIRE.
Favourite factor: The two favourites to date have secured gold and bronze medals having both claimed Placepot position when sent off at even money.
Wolverhampton record of course winners in the toteplacepot finale:
4/16--Solar Deity (C&D winner)
1/1--Razor Wind (C&D winner)
1/2--Jack Of Dimaonds
All references to placed horses on these pages are based on an exact science regarding general place terms offered by bookmakers and totepool.com
Trainers with their relevant number of runners on the Wolverhampton card on Monday:
2--Daniel Mark Loughnane
1--Anabel K Murphy
1--P J F Murphy
62 declared runners