Thursday, 21 January 2016

God Bless Wincanton !!

Great news this morning when Wincanton passed their 8.00am inspection and got the go ahead but it was not so lucky for Ludlow who lost their meeting today.

It's an interesting card at Wincanton and Paul Nichols saddles four runners as follows :

Wincanton - Soft, heavy in places

1.35 Present Man has had just 5 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, 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. His next run was also here in another Class 4 novices hurdle over the same distance where he led briefly after two out and he seemed to find little when put under pressure. However, that said, he finished 2nd and 7 lengths in front of Harry Fry's 5 time point winner Whataknight who has since franked the form. He wore a first time tongue strap there and it remains on today on his handicap debut for which he has been allocated an official rating of 116h which is workable for this stable. He should have improved a bit more for his last run and he seems to have no problem with heavy going and should give a good account in this 19 runner field.

2.10 Wuff was previously with Tom George. He won three of his first four races, a bumper and two novice hurdles having previously won a point to point and then failed to win over fences in three runs. Tom George always considered him to be a 3m chaser in the making.
He returned at Newbury in a Class 3 3m 1f 214y amateur riders handicap chase off a mark of 130c under Will Biddick and finished 5th of 9. He was quite strong in the betting, 6/4 even though Nicholls had warned that he made need the run. During the race he jumped boldly and was still going very well when hampered at the sixteenth fence and thereafter he was unable to recover.
He then returned to Newbury 3 weeks later in a Class 3 Novices limited handicap chase over 2m 7f 86y where he finished a 13 length second to Local Show. He wore first time cheek pieces then and they are back on today in this Class 3 handicap chase - this time over 2m 4f 35y.
It's the second time he's been right handed and this is possibly one of the easiest tracks he has tackled to date under rules.
There is still some decent opposition though and its interesting that Renard has taken this option as opposed to his entry in the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster a week on Saturday. That is a course where he has put up some very good placed efforts in Class 1 chases off a 14lb higher mark than today. This race aside - if he took his chance in the Sky Bet he would be 1lb out of the handicap so I don't see any advantage in running here to get a penalty for that. Also if the stable thought he was badly off at the weights today or at Doncaster they could have used Charlie Deutsch's 5lb claim - he rides Wadswick Court in this for Neil Mulholland on his 2nd ride for that stable.
Back to Wuff he has little mileage on the clock and remains on the workable mark of 127c but there are a number of horses in this race that could turn it on today.

3.20 All Set To Go had a flat rating of 100 and competed in Group company in Ireland before being acquired. His dam is a half sister to the Chester cup winner Anak Pekan. He had a disappointing start to his hurdling career at Kempton in May when a well beaten 4th and since then he has had his wind sorted out. A lot better is expected from this horse and he appreciated the soft going and being fitted with a tongue tie for his second start over hurdles at Southwell in a Class 5 maiden hurdle over one mile seven and a half furlongs on soft going when easily winning by 6 lengths as he was entitled to do.
He then went for the Grade 2 Supreme trial novices hurdle at Ascot where he faced a much sterner test against the highly promising Yanworth and others and he finished 4th beaten 16 lengths. Being flat bred he would have struggled at that stiff track on soft going against NH types and on heavy today he could face similar problems at the business end. 
David Pipe's Kalifourchon is by proven NH sire Martaline, drops back in trip and wears a hood for the first time. He is 2lb down in the handicap and is also helped by the competent David Noonan's 5lb claim which gives him a chance to resume winning ways.

4.25 Beau Phil has his third run for the stable today having come from France a year ago where he finished 3rd on his only start in an all weather bumper at Pau in an AQPS race(see below).
He was said not to be suited by the very soft going at Kempton when making his debut for the stable so on that score things don't look bright for his prospects today.
He was then a promising 2nd of 6 at Taunton in a Class 5 bumper on good going in April. He should improve for jumping a fence/hurdle but on this going you would have to think that Leg Lock Luke or Casper King would be the better proposition.

No bets today

AQPS - Autre Que Pur Sang, which, translated, means Non Thoroughbred - a fine example is Sprinter Sacre - although he is said to be only less than 1% non thoroughbred.

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