Saturday 10th November
A big weekend of action to get stuck into this weekend with many of the big guns from the National Hunt sphere making their long awaited returns to the track and these names include the likes of Footpad, We Have A Dream, Apple’s Jade, Unowhatimeanharry and several more. It’s certainly a weekend to savour. Wincanton is where my two previews will come from and these come in the form of the Rising Novices Chase and the Elite Hurdle. Enjoy!
Wincanton – (2.25) (Rising Stars Novices Chase) (Class 1) (Grade 2) (2m 4f)
The 2.25 at Wincanton comes in the form of the Rising Stars Novices Chase which is Grade 2 affair that’s ridden over a distance of two miles and four furlongs. Its pretty much what it says on the tin as it’s a race designed for the upcoming Novice Chasers to do battle.
It see’s two horses battling it out at the top of the market for favouritism and the first of these comes in the form of Harry Fry’s Bags Groove (11/8). He went close on his chasing debut back at Uttoxeter in May and made no mistake when tackling the bigger obstacles on his reappearance at Ffos Las the last day. He’s an obvious player and has the services of Noel Fehily on board. The horse battling it out with him for favouritsim with the Harry Fry charge is none other than the Paul Nicholls trained Secret Investor (6/4). He’s a horse that’s progressed very nicely over hurdles culminating in a Grade 2 success the last day at Chepstow. He’s a very well thought of sort and if getting a clear round he could well have a big say on his chasing debut under Harry Cobden.
Majestic Moll (5/1) made a great start to life over fences with a win the last day at Worcester however that was within a Mares Novice event and quite a bit more is required here should she play a part. Daryl Jacob takes the ride. Thelingy (14/1) was a useful hurdler but only appeared three times last term and ran respectably in just one of those outings, he’ll need a major step up should he feature here. Neil Mulholland’s Full (40/1) comes here off the back of two victories over hurdles, he didn’t do himself justice last term over fences and will need a big revival here.
🥇1ST: SECRET INVESTOR (6/4)
🥈2ND: BAG’S GROOVE (11/8)
“This looks to between the top two in the betting and I think Secret Investor will come out on top for Paul Nicholls, he’s an exciting recruit to chasing and hopefully he can make a swift adjustment, he’ll need too though to get the better of the solid Bag’s Groove.”
Wincanton – (3.00) (Elite Hurdle) (Class 1) (Grade 2) (1m 7f)
The Elite Hurdle takes centre stage at Wincanton which is a Grade 2 affair that’s contested over a distance of a mile and seven furlongs and it’s a thrown up a competitive renewal to say the least. Three horses all battling it out at the top of the market for favourtism and it’s another Harry Fry contender that’s just edging it at the moment and that’s If The Cap Fits (2/1). He hasn’t been seen since last December due to an injury that ruled him out of the Spring festival but before said injury he looked a potential big player within the hurdling division. Winning three Novice events on the bounce in smart style he certified himself as a very decent hurdler and if picking up where he left off he’s a clear player here. Noel Fehily once again takes the ride. It’s a Nicky Henderson duo that take their places behind the market leader and the first of these comes in the form of Verdana Blue (5/2), she established herself as a smart mare last term within Handicap company over hurdles and even got her nose in front on the level a couple of months ago. She made her reappearance over hurdles last month at Kempton when winning a Listed event and she comes here a big player, Jeremiah McGrath will be on board. We Have A Dream (11/4) makes up the Henderson duo and this is a horse that went from strength to strength last term winning his last four which consisted of a Listed event, a Group 2 and two Group 1’s. Culminating with a devastating display at Aintree in April, I was there that day and this very smart sort dismantled a solid field with minimal fuss. He’s got to concede weight here to some smart rivals which may well prove to be the negative but I suspect a big season is on the cards which could start here.
Another horse that’s got to concede weight to rivals is the Alan King trained Redicean (9/1) who made a bright start to life this term with a second placed effort at Cheltenham last month. He’s looked a smart prospect last term before struggling slightly in the Triumph and a return to a track like this may well be what he needs. That being said this is a hot contest and it will require a step up should he play a part. Wayne Hutchinson will be on board. Air Horse One (33/1) and John Constable (33/1) are both smart performers on their day but come here with patchy form to say the least. Smaoineamh Alainn (25/1) makes the field up for Robert Walford.
🥇1ST: WE HAVE A DREAM (11/4)
🥈2ND: VERDANA BLUE (5/2)
“We Have A Dream will have a tough task trying to concede weight however I think he’s a very talented sort that could well be up for the challenge, stablemate Verdana Blue can follow him home to bring up a Henderson 1-2.”