Steve Ryder is back with three tips for today's action, including a 2pt NAP.
John Butler trained runners are often hard to predict but I think it worth taking a chance on SEAS OF ELZAAM (best priced at 10/3) in this race. The five-year-old has plummeted down the weights this year from a rating of 70 in January down to a rating of 59 in only four runs. All of those runs have been under Grace McEntee but it is interesting that connections now book James Doyle for the ride now that he drops from a Class 5 0-75 handicap into a Class 6 0-60 handicap.
Seas Of Elzaam has won four times in his career off marks of 69, 75 and 78 so he is clearly well handicapped off a mark of 59 and should prove hard to beat if bouncing back to form.
The favourite Pink Crystal is respected on his handicap debut but she looks a short price and as a result I feel NOMASEE (best priced at 6/1) is worth backing against her. The Ismail Mohammed trained colt won a maiden over this course and distance in September on his second start before finishing 2nd over the same course and distance on his next start under a penalty. Since then he has contested races in Meydan and Jebel Ali before returning at Doncaster last month with a respectable performance.
Nomasee finished 4th only beaten 2 ¼ lengths at Doncaster off a mark of 75 but he should now be better suited by this return to Wolverhampton and the handicapper has also been kind and dropped him 1lb for his latest effort. He is well drawn in Stall 4 to get a good position and I expect him to well run well under Jack Mitchell.
OMNISCIENT (best priced at 5/4) looks a stereotypical Sir Mark Prescott improver now he is stepped up in trip on his handicap debut. The three-year-old gelding finished well beaten in his first three starts when sent off 80/1, 100/1 and 100/1 but ran a lot better last time when 3rd despite not getting the best of rides from Luke Morris that day.
Omniscient finished 3rd only beaten 1 ¾ lengths despite being short of room and flying home late on (apparently he hung left-handed in the closing stages) over 7f at Salisbury and now steps up trip to nearly 1m2f off an opening mark of 75. I expect him to win this before running up a sequence this season.