This is a five-furlong dash on the all-weather track Wolverhampton, and it looks a field of decent quality with an open-looking race in store.
Alsvinder, trained by David O'Meara, is the current favourite at around 11/4. He was second last time out at Kempton in a slightly worse race than this one, and prior to that, he won in a lower class as this at Chelmsford. He is now eight pounds higher in the handicap than when winning at Chelmsford, but I think David Nolan (who takes over from Daniel Tudhope in the saddle) will ride him the same way and try to make all. I have a feeling he may just too high in the weights now to win this, however, if he can put in another top level performance then he can be competitive.
Landing Night is at the bottom of the handicap, but this Kodiac gelding has won two of his last three races, including last time out on the artificial surface at Wolverhampton, where he won well. He has won a third of his races on the all-weather courses (although none of those wins have come here at Wolverhampton) and he is clearly in good form. He has been hit with a further four-pound hike in the weights for that latest victory, and he is stepping up slightly in class, so it remains to be seen whether or not he can cope with that.
Bowson Fred has been unplaced in his last three races but he has been competing in some quality sprints and is sure to appreciate this drop back down in class. He often likes to make the running and being drawn in stall three will certainly help this, although he may well be taken on for the lead by Alsvinder who is drawn next to him in stall four. Bowson Fred is now down to a mark of 94, and as he has been extremely consistent on the all-weather courses during his career, I think he could be very hard to beat if at the top of his game in this one.
Bowson Fred - 2 points win @ 7/2