Sunday 29 October 2017

Sunday's Best Bets: Nicholls' Pinceau can prove a Coup

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Tippin' Jimmy turns his attention to the jumps card from Aintree, Wincanton and Galway in Ireland.

12:40 Aintree - On The Blind Side (9/4)
This nice improving type for Nicky Henderson will be a much better chaser than hurdler, but can make a winning start over in Britain today. He was impressive on his sole success in point-to-point company and could be tough to stop on his stable debut.

1:00 Wincanton - Steely Addition (6/1) ew
A horse that is bound to win races for Philip Hobbs this season is Steely Addition, who was all set for a win at Exeter last time out before falling. That race wasn't as competitive as this but he remains on the same mark and deserves a bit more luck today.

1:35 Wincanton - Coup De Pinceau (13/8)
I must be owed one after the NAP was so unlucky yesterday for Paul Nicholls. This horse looks a very smart horse in the making for Paul Nicholls, winning two bumpers before finishing second to an eventual Grade Two winner on his only start over hurdles. Sam Brown is a fierce rival, but hopefully he should get the better of him.

1:40 Galway - Calno D'airy (11/10)
Henry De Bromhead's five-year-old was a really good winner at this venue earlier this month, and that form has subsequently been boosted with the second winning on Thursday. He won well that day and remains in a similar sort of race, he should be very tough to stop.

2:10 Wincanton - Favorito Buck's (15/2) ew
A frustrating horse to follow, Paul Nicholls' five-year-old ran some good races last year but just failed to kick on and win his races. His trainer knows how to get the very best out of his horses, and he should find some improvement this season. He has excellent potential.

2:25 Aintree - Burbank (6/1)
Burbank's Neptune fourth is probably the strongest bit of form in this race, but he will have to overcome top weight if he is to take this prize. He seems the type to have a few wins in him in handicap company, and I expect him to kick off a good campaign here.

3:00 Aintree - Shantou Village (7/2)
Some trainers just have one that makes them very excited and I know this is the one that Neil Mulholland is waiting on. He missed out on Cheltenham last year, but expectations are high he can reach the very top this time around. This Old Roan looks tough, but he's weighted nicely and the reports over the summer have been very promising.

4:35 Galway - Gallaghers Cross (6/5)
Point-to-point form is never the most reliable but when a horse flies home to win by eight lengths then you have to take note. Peter Fahey's five-year-old was quite impressive in that win and looks like the type who will continue to improve on his bumper debut. Gordon Elliott and Noel Meade are well represented, but he should go well.

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