Wincanton Placepot: Sunday April 22

Wincanton Racecourse.

Timeform's Matt Gardner heads to Wincanton for Sunday's placepot...

Current Event looks up to conceding weight to his rivals on his handicap debut...

14:10 - Polisky showed useful form when pitched in against some top novices last year and earlier in the season (runner-up behind Sprinter Sacre on British debut and third to Fingal Bay at Cheltenham in November), and he appeals as the most likely winner but, having shown signs of a suspect attitude, he does not look banker material despite winning as he liked in a first-time tongue tie on his most recent start. Victor Leudorum didn't need to improve to get off the mark at Market Rasen last time, but is likely to give his running and could well allow us to double up in the opening leg.

14:40 - One who does appeal as banker material, particularly with the three places currently on offer, is On the Bridge. The seven-year-old is yet to match his hurdling form on both starts over fences, but he shaped better than the result last time on return from seven month absence, and extra emphasis on stamina should suit.

15:10 - A competitive handicap hurdle requires the selection of both Whistling Senator and Natural Spring. The former is continuously progressing, putting up a career-best when winning at Huntingdon last time, and is likely to be suited by this longer trip with the 7 lb rise incurred for that win looking fair. Natural Spring was consistent in bumpers and has shown enough over hurdles to suggest that she can win, including on return at Kempton last month, and she remains capable of better.

15:40 - Banker number two comes in the shape of the Paul Nicholls-trained Current Event, who is unbeaten in his three starts over fences. The suspicion is that those three races have not got to the bottom of the five-year-old, and he looks up to conceding weight to his rivals on his handicap debut.

16:10 - Enroller is nothing like the force of old on the Flat (a Group 3 winner), but he ran his best race yet over hurdles when second at Market Rasen on his handicap bow. He has since been well beaten back on the Flat, but would appear to have sound claims for at least a place now returned to this sphere. Kadoodd was well beaten on his hurdling debut at Huntingdon, but the heavy ground could have been his undoing on that occasion and it is more than possible that today's less testing conditions will suit him better and he could go well for trainer John Ferguson.

16:40 - Not the simplest of races in which to conclude matters, but taking both Amuse Me and Gud Day ought to be enough. The former won at Leicester in December before flopping last time when turned out quickly, but the break should have freshened him up and he can bounce back. Gud Day has finished runner-up on three of his four starts over hurdles and, although he failed to win when dropped in grade last time, the 19 furlongs faced that day probably just stretched his stamina, and he should go well with blinkers tried for the first-time.

Selections:
14:10 - 1, 2
14:40 - 5
15:10 - 6, 13
15:40 - 1
16:10 - 5, 12
16:40 - 3, 9
= 16 lines


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