Smugglers Creek looks worth an each-way wager in the 8.00 at Wolverhampton today now dropped back in grade.
The gelding showed steady improvement last year when trained in Ireland by Mark Walford, comning good at the third time of asking at Dundalk.
He dug deep to give 3lb and a neck beating to Delegating who was rated 69 going into the contest.
The third home Peace Officer, who was beaten a further 3 1/2 lengths, has won since to be rated 66.
It made an opening handicap mark of 69 for Smugglers Creek look exploitable and although only fifth off it on debut for Iain Jardine in a class 5 over coourse and distance he shaped as if needing the race after a break and was only beaten 2 3/4 lengths after being sent off favourite.
He now meets the runner-up Steal The Scene on 3lb better terms and had the reopposing Chosen Character and Smokethatthunders in behind.
Although then disappointing last time out when last of 10 at Newcastle, that was a class 4 contest and Smugglers Creek now drops back down into class 5 company having been eadsed 2lb to a mark of 67.
On the pick of his form that makes him a player at the weights.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Smugglers Creek (8/1 Betfred, :adbrokes – BOG)