Chris Baker: Two horses to star at Wolverhampton

Chris Baker heads to Wolverhampton for his two tips on Monday.
Chris Baker heads to Wolverhampton for his two tips on Monday.

All racing was quite rightly abandoned yesterday as Storm Ciara battered Britain. Days with no racing are thankfully rare but always remind me of what daily life must feel like for those poor people that don’t have a hobby. With no form to study and restricted to indoor duties only, I felt lost (and a hangover didn’t help the situation).  

As I’ve mentioned a few times, the greatest sport of them all allows me to switch off a little bit from the day job. That wasn’t possible at all yesterday. My wife loves racing-free days. I don’t. Go away Ciara!

The passing storm shouldn’t pose any problems for Wolverhampton’s evening meeting and I’ve picked out two bets. Good luck if you decide to follow.

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Wolverhampton Tips

The extended 1m 1f handicap at 18:40 looks a good opportunity for CAT ROYALE (NAP at 9/4) to gain a sixth career win. Four of his five wins to date have come on the All-Weather, including one here. He’s also been placed on seven occasions at Dunstall Park and went down by just a head three starts back. He’s since won at Chelmsford before finishing second to a horse that has gone in again. That latest performance can be upgraded as he had to use up plenty of energy early on to get to the front from a wide draw. The booking of Luke Morris looks significant given that he is 2-2 when riding at the course for in-form trainer John Butler.

JORVIK PRINCE (5/2) was an easy winner on his debut for Mick Appleby at Chelmsford last month and is my selection for the final race on the card at 20:10. He wasn’t able to follow up under a penalty last week, but that run came over six furlongs and saw him weaken inside the final furlong. His revised mark of 59 is 11 lbs higher than for his latest victory, but it is still below the marks of 61,63 and 68 that he won off in 2017/18. He was also beaten by just a neck off 73 two years ago so could still be well-handicapped now revitalised under Appleby. This six-year-old is a triple winner here at Wolverhampton and should benefit from the return to the minimum trip and the fitting of a hood for the first time.


18:40 Wolverhampton
Cat Royale silk

Cat Royale



20:10 Wolverhampton
Jorvik Prince silk

Jorvik Prince

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