Paul Ferguson has one selection for us on Thursday; Dashaway in the Wincanton 4.40. Compare odds and bet.
Arguably the most interesting race on the Winvanton card is the 2m4f handicap hurdle, in which Shantou Magic catches the eye, dropping in grade.
Last seen finishing fourth in the Challow Hurdle, Charlie Longsdon’s novice looks on a reasonable mark (138), but conceding weight on this ground, especially when front running, isn’t easy, so the race is best watched.
The concluding bumper looks a potentially decent event, too, with Philip Hobbs saddling Huntingdon winner Brother Tedd, while David Pipe’s newcomer Davy Doubt carries the pale silks of Roger Brookhouse and he has a strong bunch of youngsters in his ownership at present.
But, Dashaway (4:40) ran an eye-catching race on his debut and, being a full-brother to Champion Bumper winner Briar Hill, he is certainly bred to land one of these before going up in trip over hurdles.
Jeremy Scott’s son of Shantou was off the bridle a long way from home at Ffos Las last month, but kept on really resolutely and will appreciate a more strongly run race this time. He proved he handles heavy ground last time, so should go well again.
4:40 Wincanton: Dashaway; 5/1 Skybet
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