NINE races are served up on Friday at Wolverhampton, late-afternoon/early evening, on their all-weather Tapeta surface.
Action takes place between 16.30 - 20.30.
The brilliant Billy Loughnane is, as ever, in demand; expect some nip-and-tuck finishes with the likes of Rossa Ryan and David Probert.
Should be a cracker.
16.30 - Show Compassion @ 7/2
The Wolves' card opens with a 6f Class 6 sprint for apprentices - and we've got just about the best of the lot riding the 4-yr-old filly Show Compassion.
Trained by the ultra-shrewd Michael Dods, and arguably most importantly ridden by one Billy Loughnane, Champion Apprentice, and all-round brilliant jockey.
There aren't many days it seems when Billy doesn't register, and he's quickly become the kind of guy for whom doubles and better are well within compass, too. Horses just seem to run for him. He has finesse and judgement way beyond his years (I believe he's just 17!!).
In the context of this, perusing the list of opposing jocks, Billy stands out a mile. No disrespect whatsoever to his rivals - but in my book only Alec Voikhansky is anywhere near him talent-wise and he's riding a rank outsider.
Anyway - she won a similar contest here 25 days ago and is up just 2lbs for that. The horse is in a bit of nick, it's low-grade fare, and a red-hot, utterly outstanding success story is in the plate. I ain't looking anywhere else ...
19.00 - Sun Festival @ 11/4
The selection is a 5-yr-old gelded son of the high-class Hannon miler Toronado. Course-and-distance scorer, too - always a plus. And - another prolific scorer is on board. It's been a real break-out season for Rossa Ryan, and again it's a rare old day when Rossa doesn't trouble the judge.
Below the Ryan Moore/Will Buick/James Doyle levels there's massive, massive talent. Loughnane and Ryan are very much to the fore in that regard.
Sun Festival was narrowly pipped here under a 7lb claimer last time and runs off the same mark, 60. The time before that he again finished second at Chelmsford over just a smidge further, so he should be hitting the line strongly. With Rossa on top all that banging on the door could eventually pay off on Friday.
Horse Racing tips, from Insights