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Trading Post: Wovoka best on form but doubts persist.

Byline: Ben Hutton

Plays of the day

Wovoka 3.00 Wolverhampton

Lay

Hasn't looked the most straightforward on his last four starts, when slowly away every time 7 Doesn't seem to appreciate running left-handed 7 Needs to prove he handles the Polytrack 4 Miles clear of these on ratings and, if he runs to form, he will win Wovoka never looked happy at Chester last month when finishing third, while his effort at Catterick had to be seen to be believed as he was almost tailed off before flying home late to just miss out on fourth - again, not looking at home racing left-handed.

Even if he does run significantly below form, he could still win, such is the weak nature of the opposition, but it is possible that one or more of his rivals could improve for the switch to P olytrack, and a few of them have shown small glimpses of promise.

Wovoka's price will be so short that the lay will be a very cheap one, and if he is struggling early on it may well be worth backing him at a bigger price in-running for a risk-free trade.

Sir Oj 3.30 Galway

Back

Ran on the Flat 19 days ago, so is primed for a return to fences 4 R uns off the same mark as when fourth in the extremely competitive Jewson Novices' Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival 4 Two miles and one furlong on testing ground will hold no fears 7 Not the most consistent chaser around and has been known to throw in the odd stinker Sir Oj landed a Grade 2 and a Grade 3 chase towards the end of 2004, and would have added a Grade 1 success to his collection had he not unseated his rider at the last at Leopardstown. A poor effort in the Irish Arkle in January can be attributed to the Noel Meade stable being under a bit of a cloud at the time and, while he possibly wasn't suited by the conditions in the Arkle at the Festival, he showed he has plenty of talent when finishing fourth behind King Harald two days later on ground that was probably on the quick side for him.

Harry Collins 3.40 Plumpton Back to lay 4 Quite lightly raced, with scope to improve 4 Jockey has a one-from-one record on him and he's run well when fresh in the past 4 Conditions look suitable and his form from the spring of this year has worked out well 7 Races off a career-high mark, and has thrown away a winning opportunity on three of his last four starts by making a bad jumping error Although Harry Collins has wrecked his chance of winning more than a few times by making a mistake, he has jumped well in general before making his one big blunder.

The seven-year-old was going well in a decent race at Cheltenham in April before falling, and looked sure to collect at Fakenham in May before a final-fence mishap. The form from his win at the same course in March has worked out well, and he looks to have a fair future in handicaps if he can cut out the errors.

The step back to two and a half miles on ground with a small amount of cut in it is unlikely to do him any harm.

He tends to travel very smoothly so should go quite short during the race, in which case you should lay your initial stake off for a risk-free profit just in case there is a momentary lapse in concentration.

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Date:Oct 31, 2005
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