By virtue of the better quality racing Wincanton gets the nod for Sunday's Placepot attempt.
"Plenty will be banking on Kentford Legend after his two recent wins and that’s exactly why we’re looking elsewhere."
14:15 - The card begins with two novice hurdles. The second we can afford to take a cut at, but the first looks a bit wide of off stump and should be left to go safely by. Nothing behind favourite Attwaal has the solid profile we demand so a banker on Neil King's charge, who was fourth in a good race at Doncaster on hurdling debut before winning a lesser race quite easily last time, looks the only real option.
14:45 - The market suggests that only four have a realistic chance of landing the second division. For Placepot bettors it's even more drastic: our two are essentially picked out for us. With Verano having offered chiefly long-term promise on his debut for Charlie Mann and Fair Dreamer having suggests issues already in a career only four runs old, we're left with the relatively experienced Benbecula and Focail Maith. Admittedly, neither is rock solid so we can't bank, though we'd be hopeful of one making the first three.
15:15 - Three of the six are chasing debutants and none have a strong enough profile to make them interesting for our purposes. Of the three experienced chasers, Looks Like Slim has been so consistent of late that we can bank on him with the confidence that he'll do himself justice. That ought to be good enough.
15:45 - Plenty will be banking on Kentford Legend after his two recent wins and that's exactly why we're looking elsewhere. We're also helped by the fact that Jayandbee is himself in the form of his life. He hasn't been seen since finishing third at Exeter in December, though with the form of both trainer Philip Hobbs and jockey Richard Johnson ensured we can be very hopeful that Jayandbee will be ready.
16:15 - Ordinarily we'd shy away from an odds-on shot in a handicap, but we're making an exception here precisely because Tiqris could be something just beyond ordinary from a mark of 129. He's been consistently showing form of at least that standard through the winter and looked likely to win from that mark when being brought down two out at Newbury last time. Not that many others are worthy of consideration and, barring a similar mishap to last time, we'd be confident of Tiqris being among the first three.
16:45 - There is a decision to be made here between the consistent Time To Think and the improving Ratify. In theory it shouldn't matter so far do the two stand out in this five-runner affair, though the combination of consistency and likelihood of avoiding favouritism makes Time To Think the more appealing.
14:15 - 1
14:45 - 1, 3
15:15 - 3
15:45 - 3
16:15 - 1
16:45 - 1
= 2 lines