Baker nearly proved the catalyst to a return to the winner’s enclosure for the seven-year-old yesterday at Wolverhampton where only Zac Brown’s determination denied him a long overdue win.
Steelriver is not one for the mortgage but this is a golden chance with his yard in good order, over a course and distance which suits.
TEMPLE ROAD (Wolverhampton. 5.45) made a mockery of a similar handicap at Lingfield on New Year’s Eve when given a mercurial ride by Baker and the veteran looks to have a great chance if Joe Fanning can be similarly patient.
Hopefully, Wetherby will pass an inspection so that CROSSPARK (Wetherby, 1.35) has a chance to bounce back to form following a disappointing showing at Doncaster. A previous second to Pobbles Bay at Uttoxeter in a race which has worked out extremely well would give the selection major claims in this company.
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