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Paul Nicholls: The views on my Sunday runners at Aintree and Wincanton

Paul Nicholls has a couple of runners at Aintree on Sunday
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It's a busy day for Paul Nicholls who will saddle no less than 10 runners at Aintree and Wincanton on Sunday afternoon, and here the Betfair Ambassador gives his exclusive views on them all...

"He gets into this very competitive handicap with a really nice racing weight of 10st 4lbs and he loves decent ground."

- Paul Nicholls on Bouvreuil

Wincanton

13:00 - Gibbes Bay

A big, weak backward horse, he struggled to find any rhythm over hurdles last season, although he was twice beaten by smart horses including Finian's Oscar at Hereford.

He did well over the summer and took a timely step forward when he was a close second at Wincanton just over a week ago. As the handicapper raised him 5lbs for that it makes sense to use Bryony Frost's 5lbs claim and she schooled him on Friday morning. Should go close.


13:35 - Coup De Pinceau

A lovely prospect who had useful form last winter, winning his bumper at Ascot carrying a penalty before finishing second to Lough Dearg Spirit at Kempton.

When he suffered a small injury we decided to keep him a novice for this season. While he is anything but a flashy worker on the gallops he is doing everything right at home. Big chance.


13:35 - Bill And Barn

The winner of two soft ground point-to-points in 2015-2016 he then had to miss a year after running in two bumpers for us that spring. He was staying on nicely in fourth place in the second of them at Aintree.

Bill And Barn is now back in training and can hopefully start making up for lost time, though he would prefer softer ground and like all of mine first time out he is sure to come on for the run.


14:10 - Favorito Buck's

Had a really frustrating campaign last term when he tended to travel nicely into his races before finding very little once coming under pressure.

As he is a big, weak, backward type of horse it may be that he needed more time to mature so I am hoping things will finally click with him this season.

He is down in grade now and looks stunning at the moment and he might get there yet. I wouldn't be surprised if he won; then again I wouldn't be surprised if he finished fifth.

He certainly needs to improve off his mark of 124 which sees him carrying top weight here so we are putting Bryony's 5lbs claim to good use.


14:45 - Mr Mix

Ran really well at Chepstow a fortnight ago under a penalty in a tough race. This longer trip over an extended three and a quarter miles should be right up his street.

While Mr Mix is a novice this season I've always seem him as the type to win a long distance chase one day. He won at Wincanton last season, is in top form and has a lot in his favour here provided they go a decent pace.


14:45 - Boa Island

Undeniably disappointing at Chepstow last time, he is paying the price for a prolific run last season which he began off a favourable mark. Chepstow showed that life is going to be much tougher for him this time round.

I've left the blinkers off him and am hoping that our talented new 7lbs claiming conditional Henry Morshead can find the key to him just as he did on Orbasa at Wincanton nine days ago.


15:20 - Risk And Roll

Ran below expectations on his debut for us at Fontwell but took a timely step forward when winning an ordinary juvenile Hurdle at Kempton last Sunday for which he earned a 6lbs penalty.

This is not a great race either and I am fitting Risk And Roll with cheek pieces to help him concentrate and making use of Bryony Frost's claim to offset the penalty.

It is highly likely that he will have a break after this until the spring to allow him to develop and mature.


15:55 - Diamond Guy

He is a big, raw good looking type who will make a lovely chaser one day if we don't rush him.

Diamond Guy made light work of seeing off his three rivals in his bumper at this track last spring and won with his head in his chest.

A horse I like, he jumps well at home and this race at our local track is a perfect starting point for him. Good chance.


Aintree

15:00 - Bouvreuil

A solid sound jumping handicapper, he ran some cracking races last season without much luck. He gets into this very competitive handicap with a really nice racing weight of 10st 4lbs and he loves decent ground.

Bouvreuil is in excellent shape at home and should run his usual honest race. We know he stays two and a half and depending how he goes here we might step him up to three miles at some stage of the season.


14:10 - Posh Trish

A bonny, big enthusiastic filly who loves life and joined us after winning her maiden point-to-point impressively in Ireland in March.

We are running Posh Trish here as a sharpener before she goes hurdling. While she is ready to go we do think she will be seen to better effect over hurdles as she is such a good jumper. She would prefer softer ground than she is likely to get at Aintree.


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