Examiner makes All-Weather return at Wolverhampton on Saturday

December 9th, 2016 News

Examiner (Stuart Williams/Sean Levey) will have to overcome the widest draw in the £25,000 Betway Handicap (7.15pm, 13 runners) over an extended nine furlongs on Tapeta at Wolverhampton on Saturday, December 10.

The five-year-old is having his first start on the All-Weather since the 2013/14 winter season when he won three of his six starts on Polytrack at Kempton Park and Lingfield Park for William Haggas.

He joined Stuart Williams ahead of the 2015 Flat season and has progressed into a decent performer, with his biggest victory coming in the Investec Mile at Epsom Downs in June.

His two subsequent have seen him finish well down the field in both the Cambridgeshire, in which he was third in 2015, and a 10-furlong handicap at Newbury on October 22.

Williams said today: “Examiner is very well in himself.

“He won nicely at Epsom earlier in the year and I think he has had excuses since then. The ground was too firm for him at Newmarket and then probably too slow at Newbury.

“He has done most of his winning on the All-Weather and I think Saturday’s race will suit him. It is just a shame about the draw [13] as that makes it difficult but we will go there and do our best.”

Examiner’s 12 rivals include old rival Third Time Lucky (Richard Fahey/David Nolan), who was victorious in the 2015 Cambridgeshire.

Nonios (David Simcock/David Probert) got off the mark easily over the course and distance last time out, while Mythical Madness (David O’Meara/Daniel Tudhope) was just touched off by a Keystroke in a class three handicap on November 26.

Sennockian Star (Mark Johnston/John Egan), Georgian Bay (Karl Burke/Jordan Vaughan) and four-time course scorer Solar Deity (Jane Chapple-Hyam/Adam Kirby) also run.

Wolverhampton’s eight-race card starts at 5.15pm and ends at 8.45pm.

The next Fast-Track Qualifier is at Newcastle on Wednesday, December 21, with a guaranteed place in the £150,000 Betway Marathon Championships up for grabs.

Every All-Weather race run in Britain between October 27, 2016, and Good Friday, April 14, 2017, is part of the All-Weather Championships.