Really looking forward to joining team Paddy Power Blog team to dish the dirt on Friday’s Twilight and evening meetings. Hopefully we can strap a few doubles, trebles and accas together.
Step on It, Wolverhampton 5:45pm
He’s only been with trainer Daniel Mark Loughnane for five races. After a fact-finding mission with him early on, his last three runs have been very solid. He was beaten into second by both San Quentin and Innishman – getting no luck twice – before he bolted up at Southwell last time over this 1m 4f trip. He carries a 6lb penalty but won pulling the proverbial cart. It will be hard to stop Step On It visiting the winner’s enclosure again.
Hawk Moth, Wolverhampton 6:45pm
This 7f contest should be run at a fierce gallop. Exalted at the top of the weights with 7lb claimer Paddy Bradley on board made all at Kempton and was up with the pace when winning at Lingfield last time. He may try to blast off in front again but has not been done too many favours by the stall 9 draw and if you don’t bang out of the gates you can end up chasing your tail from the 7f start here.
Hawk Moth is a hold-up performer though and the race could just be run to suit. Graham Lee can take his time from stall 10 and pounce late.
Bartok, Wolverhampton 7:15pm
John Gosden has started 2016 in ripping form and sent out Bartok to run in what he thought was a little 1m maiden at Kempton yet bumped into a red-hot Sam Missile from James Fanshawe’s stable.
Bartok looks blessed with plenty of early pace so the drop back down to 7 furlongs should be absolutely ideal. Expect him to take a world of catching in the lucky last at Wolverhampton.
Skerray Rules, Dundalk, 7:30pm
Mick Halford’s filly has spent most of her racing life running at Dundalk and her last four races have been solid performances.
She was quite badly checked last time but ran on well over course and distance to snatch third behind Exceli earlier this month. It looks like she’s on a workable handicap mark forom the stable that notched their 100th winner at Ireland’s only all-weather track last week.
Rose Angel, Dundalk 8pm
Already a three-time winner around this venue, the daughter of Dark Angel ran an absolute cracker behind run-away winner Tribal Path just seven days ago. The winner had already flown before Rose Angel managed to get into top gear and stayed on willingly. The young lad on top Daniel Redmond (7) had his best season last year with 12 winners. Let’s hope this gets him rolling in 2016.