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Wolverhampton Preview: Mambo can waltz to deserved success

| 07.11.2014

Mambo Spirit has been knocking on the door of late and can gain a much deserved success in the 6f apprentice handicap on Wolverhampton’s marathon twilight card (5.10).

The Tony Newcombe trained gelding was successful three times last season, with the last of those successes coming a a class 5 contest at Salisbury on quick ground off his current mark of 63.

The 10-year-old then spent a spell in the wilderness, before taking advantage of his falling mark to get back to winning ways at Bath in July when scoring by five lengths.
Mambo Spirit has held his form well since then, and comes into the contest on the back of two cracking efforts to finish runner-up.

The last of those came over course and distance where the son of Invincible Spirt went down by just a head to Methaaly after being denied a clear run at a vital stage.

There is little doubt in my mind that Mambo Spirit should have won that day, and with the highly talented Louis Steward taking over in the saddle this looks a nice opportunity for him to gain compensation.

Chapellerie has taken to the Tapeta surface like a duck to water and looks decent value to land the 6f handicap (4.35).

The Brendan Powell trained mare finished an excellent 1/2 length runner-up over course and distance three starts back and duly went one better next time up, again over CD, when readily bearing Mey Blossom by 3/4 of a length off a mark of 63.

The five-year-old then blew the start last time out over course and distance when a well beaten seventh and can easily be forgiven that effort.

Although now running off a mark of 69, Chapellerie gets the services of the highly talented Jenny Powell in the saddle who is terrific value for her 5lb claim.

Taking that into consideration Chapplerie is just 1lb higher than when last successful and weighted to run a huge race on a surface which clearly suits.

In the 7f handicap that closes proceedings (8.10), Queen Aggie can cash-in on a career-low mark to get back to winning ways.

The filly is a dual winner at the track, with the last of those successes coming over 1m 1f in a class 5 contest back in February on the old polytrack surface.

The four-year scored easily by 2 1/4 lengths off a mark of 65, and went on to finish third at Lingfield off 71.

Queen Aggie is now able to race off just 62 in this lower grade class 6 affair, and that makes the daughter of Elnadim look throw-in at the weights.

4.35: Chapellerie
5.10: Mambo Spirit (NAP)
5.40: Sir Billy Wright
6.10: Pipers Note
6.40: Wiseton
7.10: Pintrada
7.40: I’m Fraam Govan
8.10: Queen Aggie (NB)



David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.