4:00 – Wolverhampton – BOOKIE FREE BETS WITH BOOKMAKERS.CO.UK CLAIMING STAKES (CLASS 5) (4yo+) Standard 5f 20y
Drawnfromthepast won his last two starts in 2012 to enhance his excellent record throughout the year of seven wins and five placed runs from 20 starts.
He even had a temporary change of scenery when he was claimed by the Jim Boyle yard after winning at Lingfield on 5 December, only to be re-claimed by Jamie Osborne after he won again at Lingfield on his last start on 27 December.
A Listed winner at Royal Ascot as a two-year-old, the eight-year-old chestnut gelding is no longer able to scale those heights but he is remarkably consistent running in Class 5 and Class 6, especially in Claimers and Sellers. Last year he ran eight times in Claiming races and once in a Seller and was successful five times. He runs in a Claimer again this afternoon – he can be claimed for £9,500 – and with his two most serious rivals both having fairly major question marks over them he does look to have stand-out claims.
He runs over 5 furlongs and in 24 runs over the trip on the turf and all-weather he has won seven times and been placed nine times. He has run over 5 furlongs 15 times on the all-weather winning six times and finishing placed seven times for a winning strike rate of 40% and a win/place strike rate of 86%. He has run over the minimum distance on his last seven runs (all on the all-weather) and has recorded three wins and four placed efforts.
He has run at Wolverhampton on 10 occasions and has won three times and been placed three times. His record over course and distance is three wins and two placed runs from seven starts.
Fergus Sweeney is back in the saddle today, after Jim Crowley rode him to victory last time when he was on ‘holiday’. Fergus has ridden Drawnfromthepast on 11 times and the pair have won twice together and been placed three times.
Drawnfromthepast has the widest draw of all this afternoon, but no doubt Fergus Sweeney will track him across to stalk the pace before making his effort around a furlong out. Of his two main rivals Le Toreador rates a danger as he is dropping in class, but in not in good form at the moment and there are definite trip worries for Majuro. On his form at this level, with his record over 5 furlongs on the all-weather and his current well being, Drawnfromthepast is the obvious form pick today.