Foxwedge offspring have a nine from 39 record on Wolverhampton’s Tapeta surface (23.1% strike-rate, +£75.20 to a tenner at SP), improving to four from 14 (28/6%) if we only consider the sire’s handicappers over 5f-7f.
CYCLOP was only fifth when 9-2 joint-favourite at Wincanton last time but was at a disadvantage because he raced on the slowest ground towards the inside rail. He had scored gamely at Market Rasen on Boxing Day the time before and is taken to bounce back in the 3m5f Surrey National Handicap Chase at Lingfield today (3.50).
COLD SHOULDER caught the eye at Fontwell in December when racing on the slower ground towards the inside rail before finishing a distant third at 14-1 and was also on the slowest part of the track when a 20-1 fourth of nine at Leicester on his handicap debut last time. He still earned the best last-time out speed figure for that effort and is worth chancing in the Diane Morgans Special Birthday Handicap Hurdle at Ffos Las today (3.35).
LA PATRIOTE could only finish fourth when the 2-1 favourite at Cheltenham last time but was ridden patiently in a slowly-run contest in which the winner and runner-up poached a seven-length lead at the start.
BOOKMAKER (stall 1 of 10) would have needed his first two runs back this winter after a break of several months and then found the step up to 1m2f and big field against when eighth of 14 on Wednesday. He was still only beaten by three lengths when a 50-1 shot and can regain the winning thread in division two of the 1m Class 6 handicap at Lingfield today (1.10).