Through The Card: Wincanton, Thursday January 21

There is jumps racing at Wincanton on Thursday
There is jumps racing at Wincanton on Thursday

Timeform take you through the card at Wincanton on Thursday.

"John Louis showed a good attitude to beat subsequent winner Dartford Warbler on his second chase start at Bangor in November and he should make another bold bid to follow up under similar conditions..."

13:35 - A tricky start but Present Man arrives as the least exposed, and representing leading connections on his handicap debut, could well be the answer. Present Man has finished runner-up over C&D on his two hurdles starts so far (also won bumper here), separating next-time-out winners Final Nudge and Whataknight on latest, and remains with some potential. However, given he's now 13/8 favourite, this probably isn't a race to get heavily involved in (Kap Jazz, Albert d'Olivate and Zephyros Bleu make most appeal from the rest).

14:10 - Wuff predictably built on his return/debut for the Paul Nicholls yard when second to the potentially smart novice Local Show at Newbury and there may be more to come from this lightly-raced gelding. A dual winner over hurdles for Tom George, Wuff is yet to win over fences from five starts but his turn has looked close on a couple of occasions. Last-time-out winners Quite By Chance and Alder Mairi are others to consider, while Toowoomba wouldn't be without a chance if reacting positively to the first-time tongue tie. Another no-bet race for us.

14:45 - Timeform Horse To Follow Dawson City was in the process of running well when departing in unfortunate circumstances (hampered by a loose horse and unseated) at Chepstow last time and he remains open to improvement over fences, especially now tackling marathon distances, so he looks a fair bet at around 10/3 for all this is a competitive race on the face of it. Leo Luna has had excuses recently (failed to stay longer trip last time) and remains of interest (second on the Timeform weight-adjusted ratings behind Dawson City), so he could outrun double-figure odds, along with Golden Chieftain.

15:20 - Baby King found a slog over 19 furlongs at Haydock too much of a test on his latest start, but he went through the race like he was still in top form, and the return to a flat-track two-mile contest should be right up his street. What's more, the Tom George looked to have turned a corner recently too. He makes the most appeal but it's far from a one-horse race, with All Set To Go demanding respect on his handicap debut for Paul Nicholls and Floresco appealing as a well-treated rival from lower down the weights.


15:55 - John Louis showed a good attitude to beat subsequent winner Dartford Warbler on his second chase start at Bangor in November and he should make another bold bid to follow up under similar conditions, his claims bolstered by the Venetia Williams stable's excellent record with favourites in chases. Current odds of 7/2 look more than fair and he's worth a bet, though the money for Sidbury Hill (let down by jumping on two chase starts so far but is bred and built for fences) does temper enthusiasm slightly.


16:25 - This novice hurdle went to Thistelcrack last year, and his owners are represented by Bound Hill this time around. Bound Hill is currently 66/1, however, and it'll be a surprise if he's up to beating the Philip Hobbs-trained pair Casper King, who cemented a positive start to his career when finding only an impressive subsequent winner Le Prezien too strong on last month's hurdling debut at Ludlow, and Gala Ball or Beau Phil from the Nicholls stable.

Recommended bets:

Back Dawson City in the 14:45
Back John Louis in the 15:55

Placepot permutation:
13:35 - 10
14:10 - 2, 8
14:45 - 7
15:20 - 1, 12
15:55 - 2
16:25 - 4
= 4 lines

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