Wednesday afternoon features plenty of competitive jumps action from the meetings at Wincanton and Musselburgh. It is to the Somerset racecourse we go for today’s Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions, starting with a two and a half mile Class 3 handicap chase at 2.30.
The races taking place at 3.40pm and 4.50pm complete our selections for the day, a 2m 4f handicap chase and an extended 2m 5f handicap hurdle.
“Tip of the Day” – Flagrant Delitiep – 2.30pm Wincanton
Boasting an excellent record on the course, the Robert Walford-trained seven-year-old should win for the second time at Wincanton following a couple of recent near misses.
Flagrant Delitiep (NAP) – 2.30pm Wincanton
Top weight Ubetya, on his second start since joining the Paul Nicholls stable from Laura Morgan can be expected to improve upon his second place at Plumpton last month. While Champagne Court should go well again after finishing runner-up over fences at Kempton and on this course following a victory in a handicap hurdle at Exeter just before Christmas.
The one they all have to beat however is the Robert Walford-trained Flagrant Delitiep who has an excellent record at Wincanton with form figures reading 4-2-1-2-2-2. The mount of Sam Sheppard’s three seconds on the course were all by distances of about one length, including on his penultimate start against the in-form Dorking Lad with the third horse over five lengths back.
Gary Moore’s charge has gone on to win at Huntingdon by 20 lengths, so off a mark only 2lb higher, Flagrant Delitiep is fancied to record a much deserved second win on the course.
Fenrir Binding (Longshot) – 3.40pm Wincanton
Despite racing over fences for the first time and off a 6lb higher mark for his half length victory in a handicap hurdle at Huntingdon in January, the Philip Hobbs-trained Alberic is expected to go close in an effort to follow up on his chasing debut.
While it is hard to get enthusiastic about many of the 13 runners in this Class 5 contest, the Norse Dancer gelding Fenrir Binding is clearly better than his last two runs would suggest. Pulled-up over both fences and hurdles respectively at Plumpton and Exeter, the seven-year-old was the subject of strong support in the first of those races, backed into 5/2 favouritism.
A series of mistakes was put down as the reason for that poor effort, while the heavy ground at Exeter was against the mount of James Best according to trainer Jack Barber. Providing Fenrir Binding puts in a better round of jumping on the forecast good to soft ground, the selection, a promising third on his reappearance at Huntingdon, is capable of running a big race off a mark of only 77.
Sabrina (Next Best) – 4.50pm Wincanton
Going back just over two years to the 13 length victory of the Paul Nicholls-trained Sabrina in a decent National Hunt Flat Race at Ascot would have suggested that a trip to the Cheltenham Festival in two week’s time would have been more than just a pipe dream for the daughter of staying legend Yeats.
However, to say that things have not gone to plan for the seven-year-old mare would be an understatement following four less than inspiring performances, one in a Bumper and three in novice hurdles. Like a lot of the Ditcheat runners at the time, the mount of Harry Cobden wasn’t finishing her races off, weakening at the business end when push came to shove.
Now that the stable appears to have turned a corner, and making her handicap debut off a lowly mark of 100, Sabrina could prove well up to winning this modest Class 4 contest.
Smoking Pigeon, a narrow runner-up at Huntingdon last time, looks the main danger along with the lightly-raced Barford Diva who finished in front of Sabrina over today’s course and distance a month ago.
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