Life's a Breeze at Plumpton

  • By: Chris Wilson
  • Last Updated: May 11 2014, 17:22 BST

Chris Wilson provides a tip for every race on Sunday and fancies Shantou Breeze at Plumpton.

Plumpton stages one of Sunday's cards
Plumpton stages one of Sunday's cards

KILLARNEY: 2.10 Irish Bulletin, 2.40 Shalamzar, 3.10 Little King Robin, 3.40 Blue Hell, 4.10 Baily Green, 4.40 Kakagh, 5.10 Phil's Magic.

LEOPARDSTOWN: 2.25 Primo Uomo, 2.55 Afonso De Sousa, 3.25 Stars So Bright, 3.55 Geoffrey Chaucer, 4.25 Connacht Council, 4.55 Domination, 5.25 Starchitect.

LUDLOW: 2.15 Don Padeja, 2.45 One Conemara, 3.15 Maller Tree, 3.45 Fond Memory, 4.15 Skint, 4.45 Broadway Symphony, 5.15 Brick Layer.

PLUMPTON: 2.00 Civil War, 2.30 Kingsfold Flare, 3.00 Ballyvoneen, 3.30 Drussell, 4.00 Foggy's Wall, 4.30 SHANTOU BREEZE (NAP), 5.00 Hill Forts Harry.

DOUBLE: Shantou Breeze and One Conemara.

Shantou Breeze must have a fighting chance of rattling off a Plumpton double in the Majestic Wine Warehouse Handicap Chase.

Trained by the capable Michael Madgwick, the seven-year-old mare outmuscled a pretty strong field over course and distance last month with a four-and-a-half-length defeat of Moneymix.

The form looks pretty strong, too, as the third horse home, Ballyvoneen, won by nine lengths a week and a half later.

Shantou Breeze has gone up 6lb for this, but that looks fair enough given the gameness she demonstrated late in the day on her last visit to the racecourse.

This is tougher, but Madgwick's representative gets a healthy allowance off many of her rivals and seemingly still has plenty more to offer on just her 10th try over fences.

Shantou Breeze reached a career-high mark of 105 in her hurdling days, and it is entirely plausible to suggest she is an even better chaser at this stage of the game.

Madgwick will be keeping a close eye on the weather as she is, ideally, a good-ground horse.

That said, she has handled a rain-softened surface in the past so should not be knocked too much off her stride if the heavens open - as long as it does not become an absolute bog.

Skint can cash in by seizing the spoils in the Welsh Guards Association Handicap Hurdle.

The generally reliable eight-year-old has perhaps never achieved quite as much as those closest to him might have expected over the years and he is now in training with Ali Brewer.

Berkshire-based Brewer has set Skint some pretty formidable challenges, both over fences and over hurdles, for which he is rated 7lb lower.

Indeed, the gelding served notice that he can win off his current mark at Wetherby last month when a close third in a pretty good handicap hurdle over an extended two miles.

Skint does not mind getting his toe in and this trait might come in handy as he strives to end a losing sequence which stretches to December 2011.

One Conemara can rediscover the winning touch in the toteexacta Available On All Races Novices' Limited Handicap Chase at Ludlow.

Nicky Henderson's six-year-old has had a stop-start career since he won his first two races, in a bumper and at this track in a maiden hurdle, but there were distinct signs of a revival over course and distance in April.

One Conemara atoned for a no-show a Doncaster in February by finishing a valiant third in a three-mile handicap hurdle, after which he was raised 3lb.

Henderson's inmate got to within two and a half lengths of Decimus that day, but the margin of defeat would have been less had he not clouted the last flight.

One Conemara is the least exposed contender in this line-up and should have no issues if the ground goes heavy as he finished second in a Wincanton bog last year.