The Wonders of Wolves


10/1 Skylla too well treated to ignore

Skylla has tumbled down the weights and looks worth chancing at 10/1 in the 4.00 at Wolverhampton after shaping nicely last time out.

Derek Shaw’s filly has not scored since beating Duchess Dora at Haydock back in August 2009 off a mark of 82, but has been placed off marks as high as 92 and is now running off just 67.

That gives her a huge chance from a handicapping perspective, and she was a  real eye0-catcher here two weeks ago in a rec won by Prince James.

Although she eventually finished 10th of 13 to that rival (who heads the market today) and was beaten just over six lengths she ran far better than her finishing position suggests.

Held up in the rear she stayed on well inside the last without being knocked about in a race where the tactics employed on her were baffling to say the least.

The daughter of Kyllachy is a real speedy type who is best when forcing the pace, so why she was dropped in so far behind is a mystery.

She showed when beating Duchess Dora that she is at her best at the head of affairs, and it will be interesting to see if her shrewd connections revert to those tactics this evening.

If they do then she could well take some pegging back as she is certainly weighted to take all the beating if building on her latest effort.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Skylla (10/1 Victor Chandler – BOG)


11/1 Islesman makes plenty off appeal

Islesman has been shaping like a winner waiting to happen and makes plenty of each-way appeal at 11/1 in the 7.40 at Wolverhampton.

Heather Main’s gelding got no luck in running whatsoever when finishing fifth of 14 to Loyalty at Kempton two starts back when  finding himself with nowhere to go when trying to make his move from off the pace two furlongs from home.

When a gap did eventually materialise he ran on well, but the pack had flown and although beaten just over six lengths at the line he ran far better than the bare result suggests.

It was a similar story last time out at the same venue when he finished a close-up fourth to Songburst after being snatched up near the finish, and granted better luck in running tonight he must go close off what looks a workable handicap mark.

He is only 2lb higher than when scoring at Kempton back in June and in a race which should be run to suit he looks overpriced at the 11/1 on offer with Hills and cracking each-way value.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Islesman (11/1 Hills – BOG)

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