There isn’t Flat racing’s finale at Doncaster but there’s still seven races from Wincanton and Aintree to enjoy on ITV. So let’s get to it, and try and find a few winners.
We start at 13.50 at Wincanton with a mares’ handicap hurdle over an extended 2m 5f. DANSE IDOL could head the market and she is a worthy favourite. She ended up last season in great form at Fontwell and has since had a wind operation. Stays well and could improve more so has every chance of scoring for the champion trainer Paul Nicholls.
Next at the track is a Grade 2 novices’ chase over 2m 4f. RESERVE TANK is rated 151 which means he is the one to beat. Already has some chasing experience for Colin Tizzard and can do better still,
The tank will take some stopping.
The feature race of the day is arguably the Grade 2 Elite Hurdle over 2m at 15.00. Paul Nicholls has Grand Sancy in here, but the odd-on FUSIL RAFFLES will surely take all the beating. He looked really good for Nicky Henderson when scoring at Punchestown last May at Grade 1 level.
The fourth and final outing at Wincanton is the big handicap chase is the 3m 1f Listed handicap chase at 3.35pm where Paddy is paying 4 places if there’s 11 or more runners.
All eyes here on the hat-trick seeking Present Man for Nicholls, but it’s his stable companion GIVE ME A COPPER that interests me. He’s been dropped 2lb since finshing fourth behind Talkischeap at Sandown at the end of last season.
Having had only nine runs under rules, he’s clearly been hard to train, but he could be well handicapped and is open to more improvement than most. He wants a flat track and has a chance provided he doesn’t need the run too much.
Meanwhile, over at Aintree ITV show a handicap chase over nearly 2m at 13.30. THE LAST DAY will improve again this season and has decent claims for Evan Williams. My hope won at Carlisle in March and should have much more to come this term.
At 14.05 there is a handicap chase over 2m 4f where WAR SOUND has plenty to prove for the master trainer Philip Hobbs, having pulled up when last seen. However, he’s on a decent handicap mark off 138 having been up to 146 in the past and won this race last year.
The coverage at Aintree ends with a 3m handicap hurdle at 14.40. JACKS LAST HOPE is a dour stayer and might power home here for Chris Grant. A winner at Sedgefield and Wetherby on his last two starts, my selection is clearly in great form and can hopefully get the hat-trick up.
You hear me Paddy?
*Prices correct at time of publication