Robbie Wilders from the Racing Post provides four tips from a cracking card at Wincanton on Saturday.
Venetia Williams' horses are starting to take off, as they often do at this time of year when the mud flies, and she might enjoy another winner with ENJOY YOUR LIFE in the 2m4f conditional jockeys' handicap chase that opens the live ITV4 coverage.
Enjoy Your Life hasn't shown loads in three starts for Williams so far, but gets a testing surface for the first time since March and looks interesting off a mark of 110 on the pick of his French form.
Talented conditional rider Ned Fox claims 3lb and that is a big positive for Enjoy Your Life, who is at the right end of the handicap and as a six-year-old could be capable of climbing a fair bit higher up the ladder for his in-form team. bet365 are offering enhanced place terms in this contest and that should be exploited.
Frodon is one of the most popular horses in jump racing and will be a warm order for the Badger Beer Trophy, which has been his early-season plan. However, sentiment should be avoided in betting and we are dealing with an 11-year-old who needs to defy top weight against a few unexposed low-weighted types. I think he prefers quicker ground too.
With bet365 offering four places for each-way bets, I'm drawn to BLACKJACK MAGIC. Rex Dingle's booking suggests he is the first string of Honeyball's four challengers and his claims stand out among that group.
He has been lugging around big weights in lower-grade handicaps than this and running well in them, winning two of his last three on a testing surface.
The eight-year-old has only raced four times over fences and can rate a good bit higher than a mark of 132, while he has a lovely racing weight of 10st 2lb. Conditions are in his favour and I fancy him to improve for a true test of stamina over 3m1f.
Lime Avenue is the early favourite for this mares' handicap hurdle, but looks vulnerable on the conditions given her preference for a sound surface. The two to play against her are ILOVETHENIGHTLIFE and VICKI VALE.
Ilovethenightlife is a tough mare who showed plenty of heart to capture a Grade 2 mares' novice handicap hurdle at Newbury on soft ground last season off top weight. That contest has been landed by smart types like Annie Mc, Roksana and Snow Leopardess in recent seasons. They all went on to be 150+ mares on Racing Post Ratings and Ilovethenightlife was carrying more weight than they were.
Her flop at Listed level at Cheltenham next time, when she was conceding 3lb to subsequent Royal Ascot winner Ahorsewithnoname on ground that was far too quick, is easy to forgive and better times await this five-year-old. She can progress past a mark of 125.
Vicki Vale also has the scope to leave her rating well behind, given she runs off just 118 with Tristan Durrell taking another 5lb off.
Dan Skelton clearly thinks plenty of Vicki Vale as he threw her in against Hermes Allen in the Grade 1 Challow Novices' Hurdle following her deeply impressive maiden hurdle success, but she raced way too keenly that day and did plenty wrong.
That is still a possible issue, but she returns following wind surgery, and I'm sure there is a bigger engine there than we have seen. She has form on slow ground, so the surface needn't worry her supporters.
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