Tuesday 14 February 2017

Wolverhampton 4.30, Wednesday, February 15

In the Betway Handicap (4.30) at Wolverhampton on Wednesday, the switch back to synthetic surfaces has brought about further improvement in Isharah and, having recorded a career-best effort over 1 mile 4 furlongs at Southwell last month, Mark Johnston’s four-year-old may not have finished winning yet. The son of North American champion sire Kitten’s Joy steps up into 0-105 company for the first time off a 5lb higher mark, but has won three of his four starts on Tapeta, including over 2 miles ½ furlong at Newcastle on his penultimate start, so it would be no surprise if he completed a four-timer against largely exposed opposition. Trainer Mark Johnston has a healthy 25% strike rate at Wolverhampton and jockey Joe Fanning, who’s ridden Isharah to all four career victories, is once again in the saddle, so there’s plenty of cause for optimism.

Selection: Wolverhampton 4.30 Isharah to win

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