13:00 Wincanton Thu 16 January 2020
- Healthy Pets Handicap Chase (Class 4)
- 3m 1f 30y,
- 5 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Hurdles winner remains a maiden over fences. Satisfactory start to the season when fourth at Bangor but on the back foot when falling at Exeter latest. Will relish today's ground and one of three in first-time cheekpieces.
Multiple point-to-point winner and placed on three of his five Rules starts so far including when beaten a neck over C&D (heavy) on seasonal debut last month. Notable runner with cheekpieces tried for the first time.
Landed a hat-trick over fences to end last term. Well beaten fourth behind more fancied stablemate on reappearance at Hereford but now she looks the Williams number 1. Expecting better today but heavy ground not necessarily ideal.
Lost his way since winning at Bangor last January which was his maiden chase success. Unplaced in four subsequent starts culminating in a pulled-up at Exeter latest when upped to 3m6f. Trip today more suitable but risky at present.
Landed back-to-back wins at Fontwell over 3m2f (good) and 2m5½f (good to firm) either side of a summer break. Fourth back over hurdles latest and respected here with on the face of it all ground coming alike to him.
Last Year's Winner
Broadclyst (15/8), Snuff Box (9/4), Never Learn (4/1), Top And Drop (5/1), Holdbacktheriver (10/1)
- Top And Drop
- Snuff Box
Next Race Off
Geizy Teizy can repeat a recent course win at Wolverhampton back at Dunstall Park on Monday, according to Keith Hamer.
Matt Brocklebank is back in the Nap hot-seat on Monday and he's heading to the all-weather meeting at Wolverhampton for the bet of the day.
Matt Brocklebank looks ahead to the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury and recommends antepost bets at 14/1 and 20/1, including Jamie Snowden's novice Thebannerkingrebel.