It’s Saturday again, and the main cards today are over jumps at Wincanton and Aintree. It’s a slight shame that most of the races at Wincanton contain a short priced favourite, but I have managed to find 4 horses that I fancy at these 2 tracks today.
Here are today’s racing selections
Danny Whizzbang (3.35) @ 4/1
Trainer Paul Nicholls has a great record at his local track, and this 7 year old son of Getaway could be 1 of his better horses this year in my opinion.
He won a Grade 2 Novices’ Chase on his chasing debut in November last year, beating the well regarded Reserve Tank in the process. He ran with great credit in his other 2 chase starts last season (33), and I think he can continue to progress this season over fences. Stable no1 jockey Harry Cobden rides too, which is another big positive.
Docpickedme (12.25) @ 4/1
This 4 year old gelding won his only PTP in battling style, and the horses that finished behind him that day have fetched significant sums since (£150,000 and £140,000). Harry Whittington picked up this gelding for only £75,000 – mainly due to his smaller physical size – but I don’t think he should be overlooked here.
I’m not sure that the Dan Skelton odds on favourite Wilde About Oscar has beaten much, and I’m happy to take him on with this 4 year old. Jonjo O’Neill Jr is a an interesting jockey booking, and I have said before that I think this young man will be a future champion jockey soon.
Springtown Lake (2.10) @ 6/1
This 8 year old gelding is hard to catch right, but there is no doubt that he is a talented horse on his day. His trainer believes that he is best after a break, and a trip of 2m 4f suits him best.
You are taking the risk that he could bomb out – given his past record – but he could easily hack up here. I think at the prices, it is worth taking the risk. Jockey Tom O’Brien is still underrated in my opinion, and he is a very good jockey.
Summerville Boy (2.40) @ 5/2
I backed this 8 year old when he won the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in 2018 (main image), and he has rallied strongly to reel in Kalashnikov that day after a mistake at the last hurdle.
I’m not sure he really took to chasing, and he returned to hurdling after only 2 runs over fences. He has held his form well, and he is at his best when there is a bit of cut in the ground. He gets that ground today, and I think he is a good bet to win this competitive contest today.