There's a good card at Wincanton this afternoon and that's where we head for Thursday's attempt at the Placepot.
"Useful hurdler Blue Buttons won a listed mares’ event at Wetherby last month and this winning pointer looks banker material for her chasing debut."
12.50 - Distracted has done well since joining her current stable from Ireland, winning easily at Newton Abbot last month and running a good second at Southwell ten days ago. She's off the same mark here as last time and that makes her the pick of these.
13.20 - Current favourite Very Intense was much improved over three miles last week but he's still a maiden and down in trip here, so we'll take him on with the in-form Duke's Affair who has thrived since a lengthy absence, winning twice, and Fintan who returns from a lay-off himself here, but has been the subject of very positive market vibes on his debut for an in-form yard.
13.50 - The best-quality handicap on the card, and the unexposed Miles To Memphis looks interesting here, potentially on a good mark for his handicap debut if his jumping has been brushed up since last term. For back-up, we'll put in top weight Shuil Royale who has been running well over fences for his new stable and should be staying on at the finish off a lower hurdles mark.
14.25 - Just the five in this one, with the mare Alder Mairi boasting much the most consistent profile of these, while she also ran well on her reappearance last term. We won't bank on her though, and of the rest, Treacy Hotels Boy does at least have a fair recent run to his name.
15.00 - Useful hurdler Blue Buttons won a listed mares' event at Wetherby last month and this winning pointer looks banker material for her chasing debut.
15.30 - The biggest field on the card to end with but not that many with realistic claims. Whataknight has won his last five points which makes him of definite interest, while Final Nudge and Present Man are others to consider, preference being for the latter who probably bumped into an above-average sort when second over this course and distance last month.
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