It’s Lady Wulfruna Stakes Day at Wolverhampton on Saturday (March 9) and the Listed Wulfruna Stakes is one of Wolverhampton’s most prestigious races. However, it’s the Lincoln Trial Handicap that provides the biggest and most competitive-looking race of the day.
Check out our stats, analysis, and free tips for the Lady Wulfruna Stakes and the Lincoln Trial Handicap.
Sunracing.co.uk Lincoln Trial Handicap (2.05)
Wolverhampton’s Lincoln Trial Handicap was established to be a trial for the first big handicap of the turf flat season, the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster.
However, this class two handicap, run over a trip of 1 mile 142 yards, is very much a decent prize in its own right, and offers a first prize of £31,125 to the 2019 winner.
Lincoln Trial Handicap Trends
The last 10 winners of the race have been drawn no lower than stall three and no higher than stall 10, with the last nine aged either four, five, or six.
All 10 winners were rated between 91 and 100 and carried between 8-12 and 9-9.
Winners had run as closely as six-days before and as long ago as 175 days.
Nine of the last 10 winners were returned at single-figure odds, with the SP of the other being 14/1.
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Lincoln Trial Summary
Victory Bond, Masham Star, and Pactolus are the class animals in the race but all three are rated higher than any of the previous 10 winners. At the age of eight, Pactolus is also older than ideal, as are Qaffal, Third Time Lucky, Breden, and Goring.
Aquarium, Wahash, and Ventura Knight could also be up against it from stalls 11, 12, and 13, which leaves us with Zwayan, Silver Quartz, and Pinnata.
Zwayan and Silver Quartz are closely matched on their running at Ascot last season, where Silver Quartz came out on top but is 6lb worse off at the weights today. That entitles Zwayan to comes out marginally on top and he could also have more scope for improvement having won his only previous start on the all-weather.
Pinnata could be the one to be on though, as this improving sort has won three of his four starts and chased too strong a pace when finishing third last time at Newcastle. He could benefit from the eye-catching booking of Jamie Spencer for the first time.
Lady Wulfruna Stakes (3.15)
The Lady Wulfruna Stakes has been a Listed Race since 2007 and it is currently run over a distance of 7 furlongs and 36 yards. It provides a first prize of £28,355.
Lady Wulfruna Stakes Trends
Eight of the last 10 winners had run between eight and 21 days prior to their success in the race, whilst eight winners were rated at least 104.
The last seven winners have all been aged either four, five, or six. Seven winners were returned at 5/1 or less, with the SP’s of the other three being 9/1, 16/1, and 25/1.
Lady Wulfruna Stakes Summary
A run in the three weeks prior to this race has been a decent pointer to eight of the last 10 winners, with only the high-class Second Thought and the dual-winner Dunelight defying longer absences. That means absences of between 31 and 154 days could count against Island Of Life, Keystroke, Documenting, Cardsharp, Arcanada, and Above The Rest.
That leaves us with the highest-rated runner Oh This Is Us, who just happened to beat the only other qualifier Apex King last time. The six-year-old also won a Listed Race at Chester over a similar distance last summer under Tom Marquand, who has ridden him to five victories for the in-form stable of Richard Hannon.