Not Bad For A Boy has dropped a long way in the weights and looks worth an interest at 9/1 now returned to his favoured polytrack surface with the blinkers fitted for the first time in the 3.10 at Wolverhampton.
The gelding broke his duck when landing a 7f event at Lingfield last December off a rating of 70 and went to to hold his form well on the all-weather surface off a mark of 78 before leaving Richard Hannon.
He has not been at his best so far since joining Barry Leavy, but all his runs have been on the turf and he is now switched back to the all-weather on a much reduced mark of just 59.
That gives him a great chance at the weights, and it’s interesting that connections are also fitting him with the headgear.
He has shown speed in his last three runs without troubling the judge, and today’s 6f trip could be ideal judged on his win at Lingfield where he travelled strongly and quickened clear before gamely hanging on to beat Delft by a neck.
This certainly doesn’t look the strongest of contests, and at the odds on offer he looks overpriced for a horse that is potentially very well treated on a surface that clearly brings out the best in him.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 3pts each-way Not Bad For A Boy (9/1 bet365, Hills, Paddy Power)