Saturday’s card at Wolverhampton has more than £150,000 up for grabs in prize money and we are hoping to take some of that back to Herridge. Our flag bearer and recent winner Oh This Is Us, officially rated 113, will be the joint highest rated horse along with Sovereign Debt to run in the Lady Wulfrina (Listed Race) over the last ten years. Sovereign Debt had won it the previous year but was beaten a nose in the 2016 contest carrying a penalty for his Listed race success at Leopardstown in October, after the cut off for penalties on 31st August. Oh This Is Us will not have to carry a penalty and ran very well at the track over the extended mile on his reappearance just over a month ago. He was run out of it late on that day so the drop back to seven furlongs shouldn’t be a problem given he will be plenty shaper for his recent success. He is versatile with regards to race tactics and Tom Marquand who has partnered him for five of his eleven victories will take the ride.
In the earlier 2.05pm Lincoln Trial Handicap (Class 2) we are hoping to be represented by Wahash. A winner on his reappearance in March last year over a mile at Lingfield off 94 he has a good record on the all-weather with two victories and two placed efforts from five starts. He was gelded last summer, and has taken more time to get ready this time round so will probably need the run. Hopefully this will be a good stepping stone for the Lincoln at the end of the month.
We are hoping Drakefell can kick start the afternoon in the opening claimer over the minimum trip. He ran very well over course and distance two weeks ago in first time blinkers in handicap company. He was draw wide and had to use up plenty of energy to get to the front. He tried his best to fend off the challengers, but they had gone too quick. He fared much the best of those that had been up with the pace. There is only Captain Lars to beat on official ratings but hopefully we will claim off him and therefore be fairly weighted.