The ITV4 cameras are at Wincanton on Saturday for a cracking meeting at the Somerset course and Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway is here to mark your card.
The 1m71/2f handicap chase (1.30) looks like a good opportunity for MAGIC SAINT, who has won two of his three starts around this track and that includes one over course and distance.
He is a 10-year-old now and comes into the race after a sequence of below-par runs in hunter chases, but that means he has dropped to a mark 27lb lower than when last successful in a handicap chase at Cheltenham in 2020, and is evidently too well handicapped to ignore here.
Magic Saint went off a well-fancied 7/2 chance on his return to handicap company at Newton Abbot in June and finished pulled up, but that was on good ground and he simply loves mud.
These conditions should suit him a lot better and he returns to Wincanton for the first time since his last win. That was only last March and he did well to come home in front as the 2m4f trip probably stretched him. This distance is more to his liking and he rates a super bet.
The 2m4f handicap chase (2.40) is one of the features on ITV4 and the one to back is GEORGES SAINT. He is bidding for a hat-trick and represents the red-hot Venetia Williams.
The grey son of Lord Du Sud has improved this season and has revelled in testing conditions on his last two outings. He pulled 22 lengths clear of all bar runner-up Walkinthewoods when successful on soft going at Ffos Las in November and followed up at Fakenham last time out.
Georges Saint kept on strongly that day to slam his six rivals by 12 lengths on heavy ground and a 5lb rise wasn’t anywhere near enough to stop him. He has been raised another 7lb in the weights here and is therefore 12lb higher than for his first win, but there is more to come.
The softer the ground, the better for Georges Saint and, with conditions already heavy and plenty of rain forecast, it’s difficult to find too many reasons why he can’t go three in a row.
The 2m51/2f handicap hurdle (3.15) is another race that will be run in gruelling conditions and that should suit RARE CLOUDS, who was a close third on soft going at Chepstow last time.
Rare Clouds was beaten only half a length by winner Wot You Wearing on that occasion and that rival went on to finish a good second next time off a 2lb higher mark. The form is solid.
Rare Clouds pulled 12 lengths clear of the fourth that day and was arguably unlucky not to hold on and win. A slow jump at the last cost him momentum and he lost two places late on.
He has a modest strike-rate of just 1-21 under rules, but has now run three solid races in a row since returning from a 327-day absence and maybe he improved for time off the track.
Rare Clouds is up just 1lb for that good third last time and can get reward for his consistency.
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