Fox has got the Power
The traditional Imperial Cup meeting on the weekend before Cheltenham has been lost to the weather, so we turn to the all-weather this afternoon to swell the Festival coffers.
FOX POWER (1.35, Wolverhampton) took a big step forward last time over course and distance in a conditions heat, when giving weight to a number of today's opposition and finishing second behind Via Serendipity.
The handicapper has left Richard Hannon's four-year-old on the same handicap mark of 99 for this contest, which leaves him best in at the weights, and he should be primed and ready to return to the winners' enclosure with Silvestre De Sousa in the plate.
In the Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap DEPUTISE (2.10, Wolverhampton) looks overpriced by Ladbrokes at 11/1 after a very encouraging return to action at Lingfield last week.
On his first start for Michael Wigham after five months off the track, the Kodiac gelding was a good third of five, beaten two and a half lengths, plugging on at the death off a mark of 97.
That was his first run for Wigham since leaving William Haggas and he looked like he would come on for it, so with the assessor dropping him by a couple of pounds in the handicap he should play a hand in the finish at a track he was twice from two starts.
The Bombardier British Hopped Amber Beer Lady Wulfruna Stakes is a classy Listed affair and can go to URBAN ICON (2.45, Wolverhampton) before what has the potential to be a lucrative summer.
The son of Cityscape was a smart juvenile and was good enough to finish sixth in the 2,000 Guineas when racing on the wrong side of the track.
He also ran a cracker at Royal Ascot in the Jersey and has generally acquitted himself well in smart company throughout his career.
This is his first run in eight months but is a nice pot and if he's anywhere close to race fit he should be bang in there.
Finally, over sticks at Ayr, Whoshotthesheriff (3.05, Ayr) can get back to winning ways with his sights lowered in the Tennent's Lager Handicap Hurdle.
He has been running in stronger races like the Betfair Hurdle and a competitive Ascot Grade Three. These are much calmer waters.