There is an interesting card over jumps at Wincanton on Thursday and Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway returns with his best bets following a 15/2 winner at Newcastle on Monday.
Paul Nicholls is always the man to follow at his local track Wincanton and he should be backed in the Wincanton Season Opener Maiden Hurdle (2.00) with BENY NAHAR ROAD.
Beny Nahar Road had smart form on the Flat for Richard Hughes and changed hands for 72,000gns. He was gelded and given wind surgery before making his debut for Nicholls on the Flat at Ascot in May and was beaten only six and a half lengths after racing too keenly.
Nicholls has given Beny Nahar Road plenty of time since then and I expect the four-year-old to show the benefit of that break on his hurdles debut under Harry Cobden.
Provided the jockey can get him to settle in the early stages, he should make a winning start over obstacles.
The Congratulations Somerset Cricket T20 Blast Champions Handicap Chase (3.10) can go to WAKE UP EARLY, who represents Richard Newland and has a very good record when fresh.
Wake Up Early has twice been successful after breaks of at least 50 days and he was second over course and distance in February following a 76-day layoff, doing all his best work late.
He went on to score at Sedgefield on his next outing and ran another solid race last time at Fakenham in May when he was beaten by only two and a half lengths in third.
There is plenty of rain forecast for Wincanton overnight and Wake Up Early has loads of form on ground with soft in the description. If it does turn testing, he could outstay all his rivals.
The Lester Aldridge Handicap Hurdle (3.45) is an interesting race, featuring several promising hurdlers, but none have as much potential as the lightly raced KITESURFER.
He won his sole start in France at Vichy and shaped well on his British debut at Kempton in April. He was outpaced at a crucial stage, but kept on nicely enough to take fourth behind the odds-on winner Russian Ruler and there should be improvement forthcoming after that effort.
Kitesurfer has since joined the in-form Jamie Snowden stable from Harry Whittington and a mark of 115 could seriously underestimate his ability on this handicap debut. He is certainly bred to be a good deal better than that mark as he is a half-brother to the 133-rated Santonito.
Gavin Sheehan has a healthy strike-rate for the Snowden yard and fitness shouldn’t be an issue for Kitesurfer on his return from a summer break. Horses from this stable are forward.
Conor Ring is one of the better riders in the Somerset Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Chase (4.52) and he can get the best from BENSINI, who can make a successful step up in distance.
The Robbie Llewellyn-trained gelding is unexposed over 3m-plus and his only start at this sort of trip resulted in a close sixth on his last run over hurdles at Newton Abbot in August.
He was beaten only five and three-quarter lengths by the winner there and appeared to stay, but has run over shorter since switching to chasing on his last two starts and is in good form.
He has yet to win, but two seconds prove he has taken to the switch to fences and he stayed on strongly when beaten only a neck into second in a 2m41/2f handicap chase at Southwell two weeks ago. Everything pointed to him wanting a stiffer test of stamina on that occasion.
Bensini runs off the same mark here and he holds a strong chance of breaking his chasing duck.
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