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Wolverhampton preview: Coillte Cailin can collect under Kirby

| 10.11.2015

David Metcalf | November 10, 2015

Coillte Cailin is on a handy mark at presenet and looks the answer to the 1m 1f handicap on today’s twilight card at Wolverhampton now reunited with jockey Adam Kirby (17.10).

Coillte has credentials

The Mark Loughnane trained mare is a three-time course and distance winner, with the last of those successes coming back February where she ran on strongly to score by a length under Kirby off a mark of 73.

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Coillte Cailin backed that up with a solid two length third over course and distance in a class 3 contest off 77, and is now able to race in this lower grade class 4 affair off 75. That gives the five-year-old every chance from a handicapping perspective, and the daughter of Oratario comes into the contest on the back of two eye-catching efforts.

In the first of those over course and distance when ridden by Kirby, Coiltte Calain got denied a clear run at a crucial stage when making headway from the rear to be beaten just 1 1/4 lengths into sixth behind Ambleside.

Granted a clear passage there is little doubt that she would have gone close to landing the spoils, and Coillte Cailin backed that with a staying on sixth over 1m 4f at this venue last time out in the hands of Franny Norton when unsuited by a slow early pace.

Bravo on perfect pick

Those runs suggest that Coillte Cailin’s time is near, and the drop back down in trip is sure to suit. Another plus is that Kirby is now back in the plate, and everything looks in place for a huge run. In the 1m 5f apprentice handicap that opens proceedings (16.10), El Bravo looks decent value to cash-in on a career-low mark and score an overdue success.

This Shaun Harris trained nine-year-old is a six-time winner, including three times at this venue, and was last successful when scoring at Pontefract 17 months ago off a mark of 69, while El Bravo went on to finish a solid second at Musselburgh off 70, also running well on his penultimate outing when third at the same venue off 57.

The veteran is now able to race off just 51, a massive 18lb lower than when last victorious, and that gives the son of Falbrav major claims at the weights on the pick of his form.


16.10: El Bravo (NB)
16.40: Madame Barker
17.10: Coillte Cailin (NAP)
17.40: Athlon
18.10: Brandon Castle
18.40: Initially
19.10: Make Music
19.40: Major Muscari


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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.