Our resident tipster is eyeing up a couple of runners over jumps at Wincanton
There calling the ground “good” at Wincanton, but there’s rain on the way and that needs factoring in if you’re thinking of having a bet.
Jimmy The Jetplane was an impressive winner at the track just 10 days ago and as that was in a conditional jockeys’ race he escapes a penalty for that success when he runs in the 2m6f handicap hurdle (due off 2.20pm). However, his improved performance was put down to the better ground and with rain expected to hit the track somewhere around lunchtime, conditions might be a whole lot different.
In which case I’d want to be on Neil Mulholland’s BUCK MAGIC, who teams up with a certain AP McCoy, who is riding here for the final time before he hangs up his boots. In the selection he should have a willing partner as the nine-year-old is back down to a winning mark – 5lb lower than when last scoring at Newbury in fact – and he may well have gone close over fences at Kempton last time but for falling.
He’s just as effective over hurdles and has won over course and distance, albeit back in November 2010, and has looked as good as ever this term, with a couple of seconds place efforts to his name. With his stable in flying form – seven winners from just 16 runners in the last fortnight – and with AP’s assistance this could be the day he gets his head back on front and, unlike the favourite, he won’t be inconvenienced if the forecast rain arrives.
Jamie Snowden is another trainer who has his string in rude health – three winners from nine runners in the last 14 days – and he can strike with TEA CADDY in the 3m1f handicap chase run later on the card (3.50pm). The nine-year-old deserves to win a race based on some consistent efforts this term, including finishing runner-up twice and she’s only once finished outside the first three in five starts.
A winning pointer, she’s never fallen in ten chase starts under Rules and won a similar race at Fakenham off a 2lb higher mark last season. Having bumped into a couple of in-form / well-handicapped horses on his last two outings, he will find today’s opposition far more manageable, although yesterday’s Exeter winner Royal Native could prove troublesome if turning out again under a penalty. Venetia Williams’ Tarraco is another danger having bounced back to form last time. He does, however, have to give 12lb to the selection and that can prove decisive.