By The Tote Team www.tote.co.uk
The exciting Ladbrokes Winter Carnival at Newbury is looming and we want to head into the meeting in a strong position.
With a variety of races to go at, the meeting at taunton provides a firm but fair challenge to bettors. Check out our handy pointers and suggested perm below.
The rain has been coming and going in waves. This track last week would have been heavy everywhere but just a few days later and it has been confirmed as good, good to soft in places with a dry day expected on Thursday. It is set to be cold and blustery but the going will ensure that we see the best of the horses ability here today.
Harry Cobden and Paul Nicholls have an undeniably good record here, however it is Tote Ambassador Richard Johnson and Philip Hobbs who stick out like saw thumbs here.
The former champion jockey has 11 winners here in the last 5 seasons and considering he was out for a good part of last year and the year prior, that is some going for our man in the saddle. Philip Hobbs is returning to form slowly as it seemed as though his runners needed a run in them. He has had 17 winners here in five seasons an that is the sort of place you want to rock up to when easing back into contention.
They combine here with Melekhov (Leg 5) in the 14:41 who deserves a lot of attention when selecting your Placepot.
We have heard time and time again about the flat and jumps season Alan King is having. Things could go from good to better this weekend with Sceau Royal but it is Sheshoon Sonny (14:41, Leg 5) who we are interested in this time. The five-year-old was only beaten by 5L when taking on Mister Coffey. That form is looking rock solid and having placed now on six of his last nine attempts, is the perfect selection for your Placepot.
Taking into account that Philip Hobbs is slowly slowly returning to form, we are siding with Sandy Boy (Leg 4) to bring home the 14:11 Handicap Chase. The bay has put in two very good appearances in October after being pulled up in August. Hobbs has a couple of runners here and we are siding with the one being ridden by Ben Jones who is claiming three pounds. It would take a career best but he has been improving with every run so could be in a good place for that to happen.
The second leg of the Tote Placepot is the race that could trip up a lot of units. There is nothing to suggest Nobel Joshua and Hugos Other Horse should be leading the market and for that reason we would suggest taking them on. Vinnie’s Getaway and Fubar (13:11, Leg 2) are the two we like the look of. The yards are in great form and Fergus Gillard is flying at the moment. They have both placed or won at this track before and we would have confidence in an upset here.
Leg 1: 4, 10
Leg 2: 8, 10
Leg 3: 3, 4
Leg 4: 2, 3
Leg 5: 14
Leg 6: 1, 2
2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 1 x 2 = 32 lines
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