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Wolverhampton Preview: Luv U can kiss her rivals goodbye

| 05.01.2015

Luv U was a big eye-catcher last time out and with blinkers fitted for the first time can open her account in the 1m 1f handicap at Wolverhampton today (2.50).

The Ed Dunlop trained filly hinted at ability in three maiden runs and has shown improved form since going handicapping.

The three-year-old got beat just over three lengths when a not knocked about sixth of 14 to Mikandy over 1m at Kempton off an opening mark of 52, and the winner has since gone on to score again since and is now rated 71.

That is decent form in the context of this contest, and Luv U built on that effort when finishing fourth of 13 to Duc De Seville over course and distance last time out.

The daughter of Royal Applause stayed on from a poor position to be beaten 3 3/4 lengths under a tender ride, and to me eyes finished with plenty of running left in her.

Luv U looks sure to win races judge on that effort, and with the assessor having since dropped her 1lb this looks a nice opening for her to do just that.

Trainer Nick Littmoden has a 24% strike rate at the track in the past 12 months, and his Enriching looks weighted to go well at a big price in the 1m 1f handicap (3.20).

The gelding is on a long losing run having not scored since landing a 1m contest on the turf at Nottingham back in July 2013 off a mark of 62.

However, the seven-year-old has run well to finish in the frame on multiple occasions, including when runner-up of 67 and third on two occasions last year off 65 in class 5 contests.

Enriching is now able to race off just 59 in this lower grade class 6 affair, and that makes him well-treated on the pick of his form.

In the 1m 4f apprentice handicap (3.50), Different Scenario could be the answer to a trappy affair.

The Mel Brittain trained filly has hit the frame just once in eight starts, and that came at Beverley last August when going down by just a head to Moon Over Rio off her current mark of 46.

Different Scenario stuck to the task well, and finished just over three lengths in front of the fourth home Mazij who is considered one of the leading contenders this afternoon.

The daughter of Araafa now meets that rival on 8lb better terms, and with the stable having hit form in recent weeks looks weighted to run a huge race.

12.50: Jumbo Prado
1.20: Harry Hurricane
1.50: Chookie’s Lass
2.20: Pat Mustard
2.50: Luv U (NAP)
3.20: Enriching
3.50: Different Scenario (NB)
4.20: Thomas Blossom



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