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North Yorkshire jockey Joe Fanning tipped to take Wolverhampton honours
Joe Fanning, going great guns this season and with 27 winners on the board already, can take the feature honours at Wolverhampton this afternoon.
The North Yorkshire jockey makes the journey from his Middleham home to team up with Dangerous Age, who has strong claims in the £45,000 Compare Bookmakers At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap over five furlongs.
Trained at Lambourn by Charles Hills, the four-year-old won her last three races last year, including two on this course.
Dangerous Age just missed out on making a successful reappearance at Kempton, going down by a short head to Triple Dream after meeting a little bit of trouble during the race.
That outing should have done her a power of good and teed her up nicely for this valuable contest.
The only negative is that Dangerous Age is drawn on the wide outside in the 12-strong field, but she has the speed and class to overcome that berth on a course where the runners race wide in the home straight in any case.
Sheriff Hutton trainer Mick Easterby has good prospects with Strong Man in the concluding Ladbrokes Handicap.
The six-year-old has run two sound races this season, finishing second at Southwell and a close up fifth at Kempton on his latest start four weeks ago. He is fancied to make it third time lucky.
Graham Gibbons, rider of Strong Man, also has a winning chance on Colour My World in the Coral Handicap.
The lightly-raced four-year-old, trained by Ed McMahon, made an encouraging reappearance on this course four weeks ago when finishing second to Ruffled after attempting to make all the running.
He is selected to lead from pillar to post this time.
Also worth noting at Wolverhampton are the ultra-consistent Golden Jubilee (3.15) and the promising Arabian Music (5.15).
Southwell’s original National Hunt card has fallen foul of waterlogging, but the course has swiftly switched to staging a ‘jumpers’ bumper’ card on the artificial circuit and have been well rewarded with plenty of runners.
North Yorkshire trainer Alan Swinbank could be in the money with at least two of his runners on the Fibresand.
He saddles Gogeo (3.30), a winner on the Flat here on his latest start, and also Bobs Lord Tara (4.30), who showed promise on his public debut at Wetherby when he finished fourth in bumper company.
Exemplary (2.00), a winner at Wincanton on Boxing Day and the ultra-consistent Dolatulo (2.30) are two others to note.
2.15 Fair Breeze, 2.45 Funky Munky, 3.15 Golden Jubilee, 3.45 Abyaat, 4.15 Colour My World, 4.45 Dangerous Age 5.15 Arabian Music, 5.45 Strong Man (NAP).
2.00 Exemplary, 2.30 Dolatulo, 3.00 Guanciale, 3.30 Gogeo, 4.00 Masterful Act, 4.30 Bobs Lord Tara.
The meeting at Carlisle was abandoned.
Tomorrow’s meetings: Southwell, Taunton and Wetherby.