DEREK DUVAL (stall eight of eight) did third best of the hold-up horses when keeping on into fifth of 13 at Wolverhampton last time and will appreciate the smaller field in the 1m4f Play 4 To Score At Betway Handicap at the same venue on Friday night (6.15).
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The Stuart Williams-trained five-year-old is suited by single-figure line-ups, recording form figures of 1312573121421786 (5-16) in fields of nine or fewer runners. In Class 4 or lower company only and when racing on turning tracks, his small-field record becomes 13131211 (5-8). His sole start at this trip ended in a heavy defeat at Newmarket but he was 20-1 on unsuitably soft ground that day and certainly shapes as though he’ll stay this far on a sharp track.
MERCERS (stall two of ten), best after a very recent outing, switched to front-running tactics in an effort to overcome her wide draw in a 6f handicap at Kempton last week but was caught close home, finishing third at 12-1. There’s stacks of early pace around her in the 5f Betway Heed Your Hunch Apprentice Handicap at Lingfield (3.40) and three of her five wins have come over course and distance.
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Mercers – Lingfield 3.40 (2pts win, 5-1 generally)
Derek Duval – Wolverhampton 6.15 (1pt each-way, 10-1 Bet365)
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