Wolverhampton

  • 17:30 Sportingbet Stan Cullis Amateur Riders' Handicap 1m 4f 50y

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Polytrack

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 43.40s
  • Off time: 17:33:16
17:30 Wolverhampton Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Blackstone Vegas 5/1
2nd Lisbon Lion (IRE) 11/1
3rd Prickles 25/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (6) 6/08580- Black, White hooped sleeves, Red and White hooped cap Sommersturm (GER) 64
6 11-0 B Curley Mr D Queally (5) 55 1/31.33
2 (10) 840841- Black and White check, Red sleeves, Black armlets, Red cap Kristopher James (IRE) 193
Course Winner
4 11-0 W M Brisbourne Mr Ben Brisbourne (3) 55 20/121.00
3 (4) 346-425 Red, Black and White striped sleeves, Red cap, Black diamond Lisbon Lion (IRE) 20
5 10-12 James Moffatt Miss Rebecca Sparkes (7) 53 11/112.00
4 (9) 8/6-3840 Light Blue, Pink Cross of Lorraine, Pink cap Wee Ziggy 11
7 10-11 be M Mullineaux Miss M Mullineaux (5) 52 80/181.00
5 (1) 2-48522 Dark Blue, Yellow triple diamond, diamonds on sleeves, Dark Blue cap, Yellow diamond Blackstone Vegas 60
4 10-11 v D Shaw Mr S Walker 52 5/16.00
6 (7) 546-097 PURPLE, EMERALD GREEN hoop, WHITE cap Wabbraan (USA) 12
Distance Winner
5 10-10 M Hill Miss E J Jones 51 20/121.00
7 (8) 072-421 Orange, emerald green sleeves, orange spots, orange cap, emerald green spots Bright Sparky (GER) 12
Course and Distance Winner
7 10-9 bt M W Easterby Mr O Greenall 50 12/113.00
9 (3) 06/045-0 YELLOW, EMERALD GREEN triple diamond and armlets, WHITE cap, EMERALD GREEN star Schinken Otto (IRE) 24
Course Winner
9 10-7 J M Jefferson Miss R Jefferson (3) 48 40/141.00
10 (5) 961669 Orange, Royal Blue cross belts, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap Naledi 7
Course Winner
6 10-7 R J Price Mr M Price (3) 48 50/151.00
11 (12) 7076 Dark Green, Yellow stars, Yellow sleeves, Dark Green stars, Dark Green cap, Yellow star Prickles 7
5 10-7 Karen George C D Thompson (5) 48 25/126.00
12 (2) 306033 Emerald Green, Red stars, White sleeves, Red armlets, Emerald Green cap Barbirolli 11
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 10-5 W Stone Miss C Scott (7) 46 33/134.00
Non runners
8 (11)99/6008-Key To Love (IRE)410-9A J ChamberlainMr J P McGrath50

Verdict

Sommersturm needs a market check but we're inclined to put our faith in Mr Walker again with BLACKSTONE VEGAS getting the vote ahead of Kristopher James, whilst Bright Sparky and Lisbon Lion are others with claims. The importance of a reliable jockey cannot be underscored enough in this type of contest and the talented Simon Walker is operating at a 20% strike-rate over the past five years on the all weather. Add that to the fact his mount has been second on each of his last two outings, both over course and distance, and the case for Blackstone Vegas is strong. As with division one Barney Curley's runner needs a market check; Sommersturm is at least two stones well in on his German form and clearly has races in him and the market will tell us whether today is the day to get on. Mark Brisbourne took this last year (then just one division) and Kristopher James can't be ruled out off a fair mark, but it has to be said he's got to prove his stamina and we're concerned he'll be found wanting late on. Bright Sparky ran poorly over fences last time but on his previous win here he's not out of this race especially as Ollie Greenall is another jockey to keep on the right side in these whilst Lisbon Lion is capable of taking races off this rating but was well beaten last time and needs to bounce back in a race taken to go to Blackstone Vegas.