ADAM KIRBY: Wolverhampton Saturday

It was one of those times last weekend when everything clicked. A treble at Kempton on Friday and I then had a great night at Wolverhampton on Saturday with four winners on their card…. if only every week could be so straightforward!

I rode a nice winner for Charlie Appleby at Kempton on Thursday with Festival Of Ages who stayed on really nicely to win well on his first all-weather start. He’s now two wins from three and very much going the right way. He’s got an entry for the Listed 32Red Wild Flower Stakes at Kempton on Wednesday and the step up in trip should suit.

I’m at Wolverhampton on Saturday for four rides on their evening card.



DARK POET (6.15pm)

Has been given a break by Clive (Cox) since finishing down the field on his debut at Newbury in quite a hot contest. He took an age to get out the stalls that day and the penny only started to drop very late in the race when he made some late progress. We have to hope for an improved run today now he knows a little more about his job. This race could be quite decent with several unexposed sorts and interesting newcomers. The William Haggas trained Kodiac Pride wasn’t beaten far on debut at Lingfield and sets the bar quite high.


He’s been a good friend of mine here at Wolverhampton with five wins from 16 starts when I’ve been onboard. The course and distance suits him really well and this looks an easier contest than last time, despite still being the same class 6 on paper. False Id is out again quickly under a penalty after his win at Newcastle on Wednesday and could be the biggest threat.

AREEN HEART (7.15pm)

A decent class 3 handicap and my fella comes into this in great form and deserves reward for his consistency for which the handicapper has nudged him up a pound. I’m riding him for the first time and it’s also his first start at Wolverhampton – he was a good second at Chelmsford last time out and should be competitive if running up to his best here.


The feature race on the card and I’m on the hat-trick seeking Salute The Soldier for Clive. He went back to back with wins at Chelmsford and then a week later when he shrugged off a 6lb penalty at Kempton. He’s progressive and hopefully there’s more to come and he can defy his 7lb hike up the handicap. Mythical Madness, Original Choice, Chevallier and My Target all met in the same race at Lingfield last time and at today’s weights Original Choice might be pick of them and my biggest danger.

Good luck


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