- Paul Nicholls will have nine horses in action on Saturday including Rubaud
- Annie K blew her chance on debut at Taunton by running away going to the start
- Frodon is looking to win the Badger Beer Chase for the second season in a row
Trainer Paul Nicholls will have 10 horses in action on Saturday at Wincanton across seven different races.
Rubaud is in action at 15.00 looking to double his score for the season, while Annie K will be hoping to learn from the experience of Wincanton, up against Meatlof in the 12.40, another of Nicholls’ horses.
Here, Betfair ambassador Nicholls goes through 10 of his horses set to ride on Saturday.
Paul Nicholls goes through 10 of his horses in action on Saturday at Wincanton
12:40 – Meatlof
A promising type with a future, he won twice in bumpers at Wincanton last season and also ran very well at Cheltenham. His schooling over hurdles has been good and I expect him to run very well.
12:40 – Annie K
A well bred mare she won her maiden Point-to-Point in Eire last November from the front before joining us at the following month. She blew her chance on her debut for us in a bumper at Taunton in March by running away going to the start and then was way too keen in the race when finishing fifth. She needs to learn to settle and will benefit from the experience.
13:15 – Huelgoat
He won his first four starts over fences last season yet is still a maiden over hurdles and ran a decent race when he finished fourth in the £70,000 final of a highly competitive handicap hurdle at Worcester late in September Now that he is back over fences I’d like to think he has a fair chance in this conditional jockeys’ handicap, ridden by Freddie Gingell.
13:50 – Knappers Hill
Hopefully there is not too much more rain at Wincanton for Knappers Hill and if the forecast is right the ground could even be nearly good to soft which would be ideal for him. He’s a classy horse, has won 10 of his 17 starts, and jumped nicely when second on his chasing debut at Chepstow. That was a pleasing start, he has come on bundles since then and has strong claims in this. I remember Silviniaco Conti getting beaten in the same Chepstow race before race before winning the Rising Stars at Wincanton.
Knappers Hill has won 10 of his 17 starts and jumped nicely when second on his chasing debut at Chepstow
14:25 – Frodon
He’s a magic horse who starts his final season bidding to win the Badger Beer Chase under top weight for the second year in succession just short of his 12th birthday. He still loves his work, is so enthusiastic in everything he does and enjoys a brilliant partnership with Bryony Frost.
He has had exactly the same preparation as last year with an away day and schooled brilliantly on Thursday. Unless Wincanton gets torrents of rain the ground should be ok for Frodon who is fresh and well and racing off the same handicap mark of 158 as 12 months ago.
14:25 – Threeunderthrufive
He was frustrating last season but to be fair he struggled with his breathing in his races so he had a win op in the summer and seems in very good shape ahead of his return to action. Crucially he has won all five of his starts on right-handed tracks and he stays very well. The Badger Beer Chase looks a perfect stepping stone for him ahead of the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury and he might well be the one to beat at Wincanton.
15:00 – Rubaud
An improving young horse with a bright future he has plenty in his favour after a classy success at Kempton on his seasonal debut in a Listed event last month when he gave weight to all his rivals. He continues to work stylishly at home and is at his best going right-handed on a flat track like Wincanton.
I’ve left off the hood he has worn on his last three starts because he doesn’t need it any more. The ground should be fine for Rubaud who has a first rate chance and could well be taking on Constitution Hill at Kempton over Christmas.
Frodon starts his final season bidding to win the Badger Beer Chase under top weight for the second year in succession
15:32 – Lime Avenue
She is a really good mare who did well to win twice last season despite struggling with her breathing. After her last success at Wincanton in the Spring Harry Cobden reported that she was making a noise for the final mile. The wind surgery Lime Avenue had in the summer should be a massive plus as she returns on an attractive mark of 118 in a race named after my great friend Richard Barber.
16:10 – George Henry
This one is a nice prospect by Kayf Tara that I own in partnership with Dave Staddon and will be ridden by my daughter Olive. He is ready to start and like all of my bumper horses will come on plenty for the experience.
16:10 – Roman Roy
There is not a lot between him and George Henry. They both spent a season with our academy run by champion Point-to-Point rider Will Biddick and are going the right way. Roman Roy is a big, strong type who shows a bit ant home and like George Henry will improve for the outing.
Best chance – Rubaud. 15.00. He continues to progress and has a first rate chance to double his score for the season.
Rubaud continues to work stylishly at home and is at his best going right-handed on a flat track like Wincanton