Sovereign looks pure gold at 9s

All-weather specialist Woolfall Sovereign looks overpriced at 9/1 now returned to his favoured surface in the 5.20 at Wolverhampton today.

George Margarson’s gelding has an outstanding record on the artificial surface having won 8 and been placed 4 times from 18 starts.

He has a near 50% strike rate at this track (5 wins from 11 runs) and two of those successes have come over today’s 6f trip.

The seven-year-old was in terrific form last winter when winning three from four starts between December and January, with his last success coming in a 5f contest at Lingfield where he was produced from off the pace and only had to be ridden out to beat Even Stevens by 1/2 a length off a mark of 96.

He scored with far more in hand than the winning margin suggests, and was then far from disgraced next time up off 99 when finishing a never nearer 2 length 7th of 10 to Tarooq at Lingfield.

Since then he has beem campaigned on the turf and failed to cut any ice, but now is his time of the year and the switchback to the polytrack surface looks sure to see him in a far better light.

He gets into this off a mark of 98 – just 2lb higher than when last successful – and should get the strong pace he needs to beseen at his best with plenty of speedballs in the line-up.

This race could well be set up for a closer like him, and if Tom Queally can get him in a handy pitch stalking the pace he has the class and turn of foot to take advantage and land the spoils.

Another plus is that his handler has near 47% strike rate with his runners at the track in the past 12 months (7 wins and 3 places from 15 runners for a profit of just over £59 to a £ level stake) and a near 20% strike rate when putting up  Queally in the saddle.

Daily Sport recommneded bet: 3pts each-way Woolfall Sovereign (9/1 Hills, Paddy Power – BOG)

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