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CEPAGE (2.05 Aintree)
Venetia Williams has a fine record with her handicap chasers at this time of year and CEPAGE can be backed in the 2m4f Virgin Bet Handicap Chase (2.05), a race his trainer has won twice in recent years. He was last seen running a close second to Frodon in a Grade 3 handicap chase at Cheltenham in December where he pulled a massive 15 lengths clear of the third. That took his season debut record to 122 (1-3) and he could be well ahead of his current mark.
BRANDON CASTLE (3.00 Wincanton)
Since 2004, four-year-olds are just one from 20 in the Grade 2 Unibet Elite Hurdle (3.00) and it could be worth opposing the three runners form that age group, including 8-11 favourite Fusil Raffles. This is usually a small-field tactical affair and in the same 15-year period those who were ridden patiently scored just twice (from 40 runners). Putting these two factors together suggests that BRANDON CASTLE could be over-priced at around the 16-1 mark. The seven-year-old invariably sets a strong pace and he resented being taken on for the lead when trailing home eighth of nine at Plumpton on his final start last term. The small field and lack of other front-runners will help and confidence will increase if the ground eases (14mm of rain is forecast to fall this morning).
PRESENT MAN (3.30 Wincanton)
PRESENT MAN has a fantastic record in the early months of the peak jumps season and can be backed to complete a hat-trick of victories in the Badger Beers Silver Trophy Handicap Chase at Wincanton (3.30). The Paul Nicholls-trained nine-year-old has form figures of 1221U1111 (6-9) when racing in October or November and is only 4lb higher than when successful in this race last year.
TODAY’S BEST BETS
Cepage – 2.05 Aintree (1pt win, 7-2 bet365, William Hill)
Brandon Castle – 3.00 Wincanton (0.5pt each-way, 16-1 Coral, BetVictor)
Present Man – 3.35 Wincanton (1pt win, 6-1 generally)
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