ITV Racing makes a rare visit to Wolverhampton racecourse on Saturday for the SunBets Lady Wulfrana Stakes, a valuable Listed contest over seven furlongs; a fast track qualifier for the All-Weather Championship finals on Good Friday.
A race worth £50,000 in its own right though, nobody will be holding back here in what looks set to be a hotly contested race.
Of those with recent all-weather form, Jeremy Noseda’s Keystroke is an interesting contender on the back of a solid win at Kempton Park over this trip back in January.
He defeated his 12 rivals with some authority here and certainly looks well up to taking this step into Listed company with a respectable run under ‘King of the Sand’ Adam Kirby. He is around 11/2 and a major danger to all.
Our preferred horse racing bet though is the smart turf performer Yuften, who has lots of appeal at 7/2 with William Hill.
Trainer Roger Charlton has a great record around here with an 18% strike rate in recent seasons and having gone close to winning first time out last season, there’s no reason he can’t do so again having been targeted for this race.
When last seen, Yuften won a quality Ascot handicap over a mile back in October from a mark of 101, proving himself to be a horse of Listed/Group class potential.
At the furlong pole it looked as though he might win easily, but he hung quite badly to the left and didn’t win by as much as he should’ve. Nonetheless it was a very good effort and a return to 7f back on the sand makes for interesting reading considering he could’ve waited for the Lincoln or any number of other turf targets.
It won’t be easy to fend off the attentions of some experienced and race fit rivals, but Yuften does give the impression he’s got more in the locker and if he takes to Wolverhampton (he won at Dundalk when trained in Ireland) then he is sure to give a good account of himself.