Thursday, 19 November 2015

Thursday at Market Rasen and Wincanton

Dan Skelton
Market Rasen - Good to Soft(Soft in places) on the Hurdles track
12.30 - Oldgrangewood is said to be a big, strong future chaser having won a 4yo maiden point at Lingstown in Ireland in a good time and jumping well. He was subsequently purchased by Anthony Bromley at the Brightwells March Cheltenham festival sale for £70,000. The stable seem to like him and having progressed over the summer he should give a good account in this national hunt novices hurdle. He should like the cut in the going but some of the stable runners have just been needing a run to put them right
2.05 - Work In Progress looked a nice horse when winning at Kempton on his first start back and then under a penalty he was beaten by Nicky Hendersons useful looking Hunters Hoof at Aintree 1 week later when there was 12 lengths back to the third horse home - having made the running he was there to be shot at. He's gone up a further 8lb for that run to 135h and although he is a progressive sort any further softening of the going would be against him and another Henderson recruit Clondaw Banker(120h) could foil him again having won on soft last time out. 

Paul Nicholls

Wincanton - Soft(heavy in places) - plenty of rain about the area this am.
1.50 - San Benedeto has had 12 races under rules to date with 6 of those being over hurdles having started his career in France. He won twice last season at Wincanton and Stratford the latter of those coming in a Class 4 novices hurdle when he beat Set The Trend when wearing a hood for the first time due to running free in earlier races. He likes good ground and a flat track as he is a speedy type. He missed a planned engagement at Chepstow before returning at Kempton in a Class 1 Listed novices hurdle over 2m when beaten by Maputo(138h) into 3rd and Nicholls was disappointed with that run and he steps him up in distance today in a Class 3 and the extra runners may help to settle him down. Maputo was half length 2nd to Altior(143h) on levels at Cheltenham. If San Benedeto improves for his outing and the step up in distance, which is likely, you would hope he would be up to running well in this at his local track off a rating of 130h. However the going has gone against him and that has led to him drifting in the betting.

3.30 - Present Man has had just the 4 races under rules having come from point to points. He is a chaser for the future but needs more experience. Weak last season he was put away after his run in February and had a breathing op over the summer, although the stable now reach for the first time tongue tie. He returned on 25/10 here in a Class 4 novices hurdle over 2m 5f finishing 2nd beaten 8 lengths and although he was said to have needed the run he seemed to lack tactical speed. The softer going may help his cause in this similar race. He is up against Harry Fry's 5 time point winner Whataknight and David Dennis's Final Nudge who are both being backed and should run well.

No Bets today

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