Hattons Hill was well backed throughout the day on Wednesday, and he ran a nice enough race in third. He couldn’t get anywhere near the easy winner, and at one stage it looked as though he might struggle to even place.
However, his stamina kicked in between the last two fences, and he kept on well for 3rd spot. He is capable of winning a bad handicap, and a slight step up in trip might be what he needs to get his head in front.
|Mark Brisbourne could have a winner at Wolves.
Friday’s fancy is another horse that has been crying out for an extra furlong or two, and Fossa could run a big race at nice odds in the opener at Wolverhampton. He went very close on his last two runs over 7f here, and he has had little assistance from the saddle on his last couple of runs over shorter.
Jordan Vaughan has ridden plenty of winners for his boss Karl Burke, and he is an eyecatching booking for Mark Brisbourne’s 7yo son of Dubai Destination. His daughter Becky rode last time, and she didn’t enjoy the clearest of passages.
Fossa got shuffled back through the field at a crucial stage of the race, and it was game over when he eventually did find daylight. He was arguably unlucky on his penultimate start at Kempton over 6f, getting badly hampered but staying on well in the closing stages for a never nearer 5th.
He has been dropped back down to a mark of 46 after those runs, the same rating off which he was an unlucky second on his last run over course and distance. He is drawn wide in stall 9, but he will be dropped in early so that is not too much of a worry.
Given his preferred running style he will need luck in running, but in Jordan Vaughan he has a jockey capable of going for the right gaps at the right time. Misu Pete and Kingstreet Lady look like potential dangers but, at odds of 16/1, I think Fossa looks way overpriced in an open looking handicap.
STEVOS’ SELECTION: 17.45 WOLVERHAMPTON: FOSSA E/W @ 16/1