Wincanton is the venue for Thursday's attempt at the Placepot...
The Paul Nicholls-trained Lumpys Gold shaped extremely well when second on his Rules debut at Exeter and the slight drop in trip shouldn't be a negative...
12:50- Tempuran produced easily his best effort over hurdles when third at Ludlow last time and he has been handed a realistic mark on his handicap debut. It is encouraging that he was backed at long odds last time and he travelled like a horse that could be better than a mark of 105, so makes plenty of appeal. With the Venetia Williams yard going well it could be worth also taking a chance on Massena whose form tailed off towards the end of last term but had hinted at possessing some ability earlier in the season.
13:20- Benny The Swinger's attitude remains a cause for concern but he often hits the frame and produced a good effort when third at Huntingdon last time. We will include him in the Placepot. Mon Chevalier is a C&D winner that can generally be relied upon to run his race and looks interesting having slowly slipped in the weights.
13:50- Beachfire was smart on the Flat, managing to win a competitive handicap at Royal Ascot, and he has taken well to hurdling, yet to finish out of the places in four starts. He ran well behind Zamdy Man at Ascot last time, conceding first run to that promising rival, and he could resume his progress now entering handicap company. Carrigmorna King largely ran creditably over fences last season and shaped with some promise on his seasonal return at Chepstow. He is entitled to progress from that and it is little surprise to see that he has attracted early support.
14:25- The fact that only seven go to post makes things a bit tricky, but the Paul Nicholls-trained Lumpys Gold shaped extremely well when second on his Rules debut at Exeter and the slight drop in trip shouldn't be a negative. He ought to make a bold bid and, even with just the two places on offer, we will bank on him.
15:00- Tante Sissi only made it to the track on two occasions last season but, with her yard in good form at present, she looks extremely interesting on her chasing debut and is the first horse that we will include. If she can recapture the best of her hurdling form and translate it over fences she should be difficult to beat. We will take a chance by banking on Alan King's mare.
15:30- Richmond is clearly well treated able to race under a penalty for an emphatic win at Lingfield last week, but, as a fragile sort in the past, the quick turnaround has to register as a slight concern and it could be worth trying to take him on for Placepot purposes. Highbury High hasn't been with Paul Henderson for long but he shaped well at Hexham on his return from three months off last month, travelling well for a long way, and looks like one to be interested in. Swincombe Stone unseated at the third on his chase debut but is worth another chance and could prove to be well handicapped.
12:50- 1, 2
13:20- 5, 9
13:50- 3, 7
15:30- 2, 4
= 16 lines
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