The horse racing week ahead and a bet for Wolverhampton Monday evening

Another week that builds slowly but surely to the weekend with some big races over the Jumps to look forward to at Ascot and Haydock. Haydock hosts the first British Grade One of the winter in what looks likely to be a really hot renewal of the Betfair Chase at Haydock. Lostintranslation and Bristol De Mai will likely face off again and may be joined by Santini and Clan Des Obeaux to name but two.

The Bahrain International Trophy is scheduled to be run on Friday out in the Kingdom of Bahrain with some big names in the final field of 14. Shaikh Salman bin Rashed Al-Khalifa, executive director of Rashid Equestrian & Horseracing Club, said last week “We are absolutely delighted with the class of horses that we have attracted to this year’s Bahrain International Trophy. To have five individual Group One winners in the field – compared to only one last year – shows the leap in quality. We are very grateful to the trainers and owners for placing their trust in Bahrain, and we very much look forward to welcoming them.” I will be looking at the race more in-depth later in the week.

I will be having one bet on Monday in the Betway Maiden Stakes due off at 5.10 up at Wolverhampton. Secret Victory aint been seen for over a year and arrives with form figures of 4,2 so the simple fact Charlie Appleby and team Godolphin have kept him in training suggests they think he can win something. They aint kept him for breeding purposes as the snips have been reached for and the gelding operation will hopefully help focus his attentions - would mine! A well-bred son of Dubawi he can surely take a race such as this. I have the 11-8.

Be lucky