Betfair Ambassador Paul Nicholls discusses his Sunday afternoon runners at Stratford and Wincanton including a chance of a winner in the opening race at the Somerset course...
"Shantou Flyer remains in good form and really should be winning this with his enthusiastic owner rider David Maxwell back in the saddle."
Jeremy can continue progress and Pass latest test
He has made good progress this season and again ran very well when just beaten by Champagne Mystery at Kempton last month with the rest of the field miles behind. I'm sure going left handed will suit Jeremy Pass who has just one opponent The Bull McCabe.
Should be winning this
He was a useful handicapper in his day and ran right up to his best when staying on stoutly to be third in the Kim Muir off a mark of 140 at the Cheltenham Festival ridden by Harry Cobden. Shantou Flyer remains in good form and really should be winning this with his enthusiastic owner rider David Maxwell back in the saddle.
Ludicrous mark makes victory unlikely
He has been very disappointing and his mark of 100 is still far too high on what he has shown this season. Last time at Taunton he carried 11st 10lbs in a 0-105 handicap, was beaten 22 lengths and then dropped 5lbs. That's ludicrous. I can't see that he will be winning anything off his current mark.
Opportunity knocks for consistent runner
She has been running consistently at her level and has had a little break after two hard races at Musselburgh where she won in February and then finished second last time. This looks a nice opportunity for Get The Appeal in a valuable race for a Class three handicap against four opponents.
Promising type faces formidable opponent
He's a promising type who will enjoy the good ground and showed his liking for the course with a pleasing success last time over the same trip. But strictly on form you'd have to say that Casa Loupi will be hard to beat.
Good chance of getting off the mark
I thought he shaped well on his debut run at Fontwell in testing conditions late in February. He has pleased at home since then, will prefer the better ground at Wincanton and has a good chance of getting off the mark.
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