Race of the Day - 13:50 Wolverhampton
This is a five furlong sprint on the artificial surface at Wolverhampton, and it has quite an open looking feel to it.
The current favourite is Dashing Poet, and she is the bottom weight, but also has the highest Speed Rating. These ratings are particularly applicable in the shorter contests as they are travelling as their maximum speeds for a lot of the race. As a three year old filly, she is getting the highest possible weight allowances, so has a few things in her favour. Martin Lane is her jockey and he has been in really good form of late, as can be seen by the green 14 and 30 below his name, indicating useful form over the last 14 and 30 days.
The Instant Expert report is free to all users for every race on a Thursday, and Powerful Dream shows up very well with three sections of green and two of amber. She is also just two pounds higher than for her last win, so must enter calculations here today.
Pushkin Museum also looks good at a big price, with two sections of green and three of amber. He is six pounds higher than when last in the winners enclosure, but his liking for today's racing conditions make it encouraging for a place.
Being the sprint distance we would expect early leaders to have a good record, and they really do. Over 22% of them have gone on to victory for a level stakes profit of 517.43 from a sample of 947 runners.
Annie Salts is always quickly away and along with Doctor Parkes and Loumarin, look the most likely early leaders.
Low drawn horses here over this distance have a clear advantage, with over 10% of them winning and almost third of them claiming a place.
This is a definite plus for the fast starting Doctor Parkes, but also offers encouragement for Powerful Dream. Although she is not usually that fast from the stalls, she should still have the opportunity to get a decent position if getting away reasonably well.