Ascot, Gowran Park, Haydock Park and Wincanton provide the meat in Saturday’s jump racing sandwich, one which despite the proximity of the Cheltenham Festival looks likely to contain more than a few pointers to next month’s festivities.
I especially like the look of the card at Wincanton, but before concentrating on that it might be worth putting your faith in the in-form Venetia Williams stable to strike at Ascot (2.25pm).
Williams, on a decent run which has yielded 4 winners from 23 runners in the past fortnight (17%), sits on the 25 winner mark for the campaign, and at the likely odds has a handy opportunity of adding to that with hardy stable favourite, Tenor Nivernais.
Rarely out of the places, this in-form 10-year-old likes it at Ascot, finishing 4th,1st and 3rd in his three previous visits.
He usually contests valuable big field handicaps, often finishing in the places, but this smaller field against some more exposed types looks like it could be just his cup of tea.
Clearly the two young bucks towards the bottom of the weights, Go Conquer and Chef D’Oeuvre are a danger, but they both have to prove they can mix it at this level against these more experienced horses, and at 8/1 it could well be the turn of Tenor Nivernais.
Meanwhile, in the West Country it could well be the scene of yet another winner for red-hot Neil Mulholland, as the Northern Irishman saddles Bishops Court at Wincanton (2.15pm).
Barry Geraghty takes over in the saddle on an animal who brought up his hat-trick over course and distance last time out.
A further four pound rise is unlikely to anchor him, and he looks much the most convincing option in a winnable looking contest.
Saturday’s best bets:
2.15 Wincanton – Betway Hcap Chase – 2 Bishops Court (win) @ 15/8 (BetVictor, Paddy or Skybet)
2.25 Ascot – Keltbray Swinley Chase (Ltd Hcap) – 2 Tenor Nivernais (win) @ 8/1 (bet365, BetVictor, Boyle, Hills or Stan James)
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