Paul Ferguson has one selection for us on Thursday; Gentleman Jon in the Wincanton 14.30. Compare odds and bet.
Wincanton’s opener looks a decent affair, with The Green Ogre setting a decent form standard, but an each-way chance is taken on the useful bumper performer Gentleman Jon (2:30) who has been disappointing since joining Colin Tizzard for big money.
A winner at Fontwell (beat Hawaii Five Nil who won a handicap hurdle for us recently) the son of Beat All then shaped well at Carlisle, before finishing midfield in a decent Cheltenham bumper on his debut for Tizzard.
On his hurdles bow, the six-year-old finished a fair way behind the smart Mosspark and it is interesting that he returns over a much shorter trip today. An absence of 113 days suggests all was not right and he could well be popped out in front today and allowed to get on with things over this 2m trip.
Clearly capable of better than he has shown to date, he is a speculative selection and likely decent odds.
There will be no column tomorrow, as I’m off to Dublin tonight, where I am a panelist on a Cheltenham Festival preview– sure to be a long night! But, I’ll be back on Saturday when Sandown’s Imperial Cup is the feature contest.
2:30 Wincanton: Gentleman Jon; 12/1 betvictor
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