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14:20 Wincanton

Certainly Red has won at Wincanton before today and he has nice pieces of form throughout his career. Most notably, on his first race, where he finished second beaten a few lengths by a little known horse called Shishkin. Certainly Red hasn’t exactly followed the same profession path that Shishkin did but he’s still no mug. However, he hasn’t been treated kindly in the weights today and he would have run to a career best to win.

Danny Kirwan is justifiably the favourite, on his ratings. He’s prefers going right handed and has won here before. He scooted up that day and showed himself to be the classy horse that he is. The only concern is that he’s regressed in his last two races, with the bounce effect from wind surgery falling flat. Nevertheless, he’s still the main danger.

Jay Bee Why was second on his seasonal reappearance at Exeter, in a competitive race. He didn’t exactly do himself any favours when jumping with no fluency at Cheltenham behind the supreme My Drogo, who he also has form behind in a high class Aintree Grade One. He’s got the best form in the race and has been progressive. Add the fact he has chasing experience and should, hopefully, straighten up his jumping, he seems value against the favourite.


14:40 Catterick

It’s Good To Laugh is two out of three over hurdles and has been largely progressive. He bumped into the smart Barrichello at Haydock last time out but still ran creditably well. He drops down in class today and shouldn’t encounter any problems with the ground. He has a large weight to carry but that shouldn’t be a problem. He will be hard to defeat today.

River Walk represents the inform Donald McCain and Brian Hughes. The son of Scorpion is from a family that represented the late Trevor Hemmings well and has done little wrong in his two starts. He will have no problem with the distance or ground and won at Catterick on his first racecourse appearance. Moreover, he gains 5 lbs from his aforementioned competitor. He should run well.

Harry Du Berlais was a very impressive winner of his point-to-point but disappointed on his racecourse debut for Nick Kent. He looked promising that day but was a little temperamental. Down the line, he’s related to JP McManus’ classy performer, Mr Mole. The last two winners of this race have won it off 10 stone, 11 lbs, which he runs off today. He is quite a large price and if he can show the same level of promise that he did last year, he could be one to watch.


written by Kieran McHugh


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