27th Dec 2020 | Horse Racing

Wovlerhampton: Rayyan

Finished second over course and distance last time but undone by steady early gallop. Ran fastest closing sectional by 0.32s and earned an above average speed rating for the grade.

Rayyan is favourite for the 5.10 Wolverhampton but i’m surprised he is not shorter in the betting. He is the youngest horse in the line-up, least exposed (4th start) and well treated with a handicap mark of 57.

Last time out he finished second over course and distance with a performance that deserves upgrading. The winner of his division, the race was won in a time 0.16s faster than the preceding handicap over the same trip despite a much more sedate early pace. It was that steady gallop that undid Rayyan, who pulled hard through the early stages of the contest before delivering a powerful closing burst. He ran the fastest closing sectional by 0.32s and was the only horse to make up ground from off the pace.

In defeat Rayyan earned a sectional adjusted speed rating of 63 and nothing in the field has topped 60 in recent months. He is well drawn and should win this.

1pt Rayyan to win 9/4 with Betfair
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Odds correct at time of publishing: 08:32 27th Dec, 2020 but subject to change