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Harri up

Final day of the 2017 flat season plus the jumps campaign continues to develop with interesting cards from Aintree, Wincanton and Kelso.

We are going to look at three races from Wincanton. The going is Soft.

1.15 2m4f Banz Carewear For Kids Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase (Class 4) (4yo+ 0-120)

Most of these are exposed, the exception being the joint top weght Achille.

Hasn’t been seen on the track since finishing a close up fifth in a competitive race at Ascot.

That was his only start since moving to his present stable from France.

Potentially well handicapped, with conditions to suit.

Venetia Williams’ runners are going well.

Difficult to price, but I’ve provisionally put the 7yo grey in at 3/1. Currently a best priced 5/1.

Wincanton racecourse

1.50 2m5½f Z Hotels Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Class 2) (4yo+)

Wide open race in which The Organist is worth close inspection.

Much better than latest run suggests, as she was badly hampered approaching the last hurdle and was eased.

The Organist

3.35 3m1f Badger Ales Trophy Handicap Chase (Listed Race) (Class 1) (4yo+ 0-155)

Henllan Harri is expected to go well.

The softer ground will suit and the jockeys claim is a big positive. Odds of 10/1+ look fair.

Henllan Harri


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Ascot value

Three really good meetings today after a fairly uninspiring week of racing.  Ascot, Haydock and Wincanton all report varying degrees of soft ground. Two races from Ascot to look at:

1.15 Ascot 2m3½f Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (Class 2)

Beyond Conceit impressed when returning from a long absence on hurdles debut. Just a slight cause for concern was the poor performances of Nicky Henderson’s runners yesterday.

Tintern Theatre looks overpriced at the current 14/1 on general offer and 16/1 in places.

Five of the other seven contenders are capable of improvement.

Will prove to be a highly informative race for the future.

I price the main contenders as follows:

Beyond Conceit  9/4

Topofthegame    4/1

Acting Lass          6/1

De Dollar Man    7/1

Tintern Theatre  7/1

Criq Rock 7/1


2.25 Ascot 3m Keltbray Swinley Chase (A Limited Handicap) (Listed Race) (Class 1)

A case can be made for all seven.

The improving Go Conquer is just preferred. Last seen on the track when second at the Kempton Christmas meeting in another valuable handicap.

Chef D’Oeuvre won unchallenged on desperate ground at Hereford and that piece of form is difficult to evaluate.

Tenor Nivernais ran well over c/d three starts ago. Essentially a 2m 6f horse who would have to make this his first ever win over 3m. At the 8/1 on offer worth considering a win only value bet.

On my private tissue I price them:

Go Conquer  7/2

Tenor Nivernais  9/2

Chef D’  Oeuvre  9/2


Tenor Nivernais

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Dee value – Cocktails return?

Informative day of racing at Aintree who have had plenty of rain yesterday evening and provide a welcome report of good to soft ground. We go to Wincanton for two races of interest. The going there is good.

Wincanton 1.35 Wincanton Rising Stars Novices´ Chase (Grade 2)

Intriguing two and a half miler where a case can be made for all four runners. All four are progressive

On chase form achieved Master Dee looks overpriced at around 9/1-10/1.

My tissue:

Shantou Village 5/2

Frodon 5/2

Virgilio 5/2

Master Dee 11/2

Master Dee
Master Dee

Wincanton 3.20 Badger Ales Trophy Handicap Chase (Listed Race)

 A few potentially well handicapped contenders in Cocktails At Dawn, Southfield Theatre and Fingerontheswitch.

The latter fell on latest start and needs to get his jumping together.

Excuses can be made for Cocktails At Dawn failing to complete on last two starts. However, he has to prove himself at this distance.

Southfield Theatre boasts some excellent back form and looks to have been targeted at this race.

I price the three as follows:

Southfield Theatre 4/1

Cocktails At Dawn   8/1

Fingerontheswitch  8/1

Southfield Theatre
Southfield Theatre


The meeting at Warwick yesterday highlighted the problems some courses are having with the firmer ground. Plenty of non-runners before racing which was exacerbated by further withdrawals as racing progressed. We ended up with one bet yesterday, a strong and successful lay of a long odds-on favourite.

Early days

The jumps campaign is still in its early stages with a mixture of debutants and summer horses still on the go. Quick look at two races this afternoon:

2.05 Fakenham

Throthehatch has first start for the Skelton stable. Comes here on a potentially lenient handicap mark. 6/4 my provisional tissue and 11/10 generally with the books.

Hint Of Mint at Sandown last year
Hint Of Mint at Sandown last year

2.25 Wincanton

Moonday Sun improved on latest start. Hint Of Mint respected returning from an absence. Moonday Sun 2/1 ,Hint of Mint 9/4 on my provisional tissue

This is a time of year when discipline and the professional long term approach are pronounced. The main jumps season runs for seven months – a marathon not a sprint.

Just the one bet for us this week which rewarded us with a smart 8/1 winner.

Back tomorrow for Champions Day at Ascot.

Weekend preview

Eight races on Channel 4 tomorrow with coverage centred on the final day of the flat from Doncaster plus two races at both Aintree and Wincanton.

The firmer ground of October saw National Hunt trainers hesitant in their plans. Now that we have softer going, the jumps yards are keen to get their horses on to the track.

Tomorrow sees the return of Arkle winner Simonsig at Aintree with the highly regarded Royal Boy in opposition. Royal Boy coming back after a long absence.

Over at Wincanton Paul Nicholls returns Irving to action. The ‘Fighting Fifth’ winner needs to get back to his early promise.

Irving on his way to victory in the Fighting Fifth hurdle.
Irving on his way to victory in the Fighting Fifth hurdle.

Another exciting day ahead.