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Horse racing tips: Wolverhampton – Monday February 12

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Three horse racing meetings take place today, with jumps at Catterick (1.30-4.00) and Plumpton (2.15-4.45) this afternoon before an all-weather Flat card at Wolverhampton in the evening (5.30-8.30).

We focus on the Tapeta action from the West Midlands course and have a trio of selections on the card.

The headline selection is a previous course winner who bids for further glory back down in trip in the opener.

Horse racing tips today – Wolverhampton

Clive Gildon’s picks for Monday are below. Scroll down to read the expert analysis behind them.

Odds correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change.

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Horse racing tips: Wolverhampton, 5.30

JUMEIRA VISION has switched yards from Archie Watson since he was last seen and there are a few reasons to think he can go close in the first race on the card this evening.

Katie Scott’s charge has really improved for a switch to artificial surfaces – and that is no surprise, given his pedigree. He is a son of Iffraaj and his mare is out of Breeders’ Cup Classic/Kentucky Derby runner-up Hard Spun, so he is bred for dirt/all-weather going.

He was last seen finishing a close-up third at this venue in a 1m 4f handicap last month but his career best effort came over this sort of trip last year, and a drop down in distance could prove to be the key for him.

His dam, Manaboo, excelled at this sort of outing and he is back on his last winning mark of 62 having been eased 1lb for that previous third placing.

This is just his 10th career start so he is open to further improvement, and the switch to Scott could also rejuvenate him. Bought for just 8,000 guineas at the Tatts February sale, he can reward connections and get some of that purchase money back by landing this Class 6 Handicap.

Selection: Jumeira Vision @ 4/1 with BetMGM

Horse racing tips: Wolverhampton, 6.00

Callum Shepherd is a jockey going through a purple patch at the moment. He got his first Meydan winner on Thursday and has a 25 per cent strike rate – seven winners from his previous 28 rides – overall.

He has leading claims on board WAKE UP HARRY, who was only narrowly beaten at this venue last time out and was a victor on his penultimate start.

The son of Le Havre has really found his feet again since joining Brian Toomey, and he is still well treated on old form. The handicapper has left his mark alone for his placed finish last time and he can take advantage of that in this weaker contest.

Selection: Wake Up Harry @ 4/1 with BetMGM

Horse racing tips: Wolverhampton, 7.00

GIVE IT UP has been a drifter in the market this morning and gone all the way out to 12/1 in the betting. He should probably be more like his opening price of 5/1.

Richard Spencer’s gelding ran a big race in a Southwell maiden last time out on his first try at one mile and the application of headgear (a first-time hood retained here) could be just what he needs. 

He shaped like this new trip could suit on that occasion – and making just his seventh career start, he is open to further improvement. Jason Hart is another jockey in fine form in recent weeks, and the Scot is particularly good from the front. So if he can get another uncontested lead in this contest, the pair could be hard to pass.

Selection: Give It Up @ 12/1 with BetMGM

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