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As the build-up to Cheltenham heats up Saturday's Wincanton card includes Carl Llewellyn's Hennessy who runs off top-weight in the race of the day, 3:45 at the south-west course.
Read below for Paul Jones' thoughts.
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Quasar D'Oudairies has been set a couple of stiff tasks in both his runs this season and could be the value in this two-mile handicap hurdle now he steps down in class.
It says much that a trainer of Nick Williams' intelligence ran him in the warm 4yo handicap won by Crack Away Jack at Chepstow and then took on some quality animals at Exeter next time as that is not his style unless he thinks the horse has plenty of ability and, fresh from a good winner on Thursday, I will take the Williams yard to strike again with this five-year-old.
Chrysander and Tender Falcon appeal as his main dangers.
It doesn't often pay to be forgiving but Tarotino ran too badly to be true when a short-priced favourite here last time out but was beaten 27 lengths.
He is better judged on his chase debut when second to the very useful Tartak at Huntingdon on his chase debut, a run that would give him a big chance here in light of the fact the winner has since been placed in two pattern races.
Triggernometry has run a number of solid races at this track and is likely to improve for his comeback run last month and has each-way claims in a race where it is not easy to get excited about many.
Just the 21 handicappers to choose from and the lightly-race Patton makes most appeal. He ran into a good one when second to Hora at Aintree 84 days ago on his third and final run in novice hurdles so is now qualified for hurdles and doesn’t look badly treated for his debut in this sphere.
The three months’ absence gives some cause for concern but that is offset by the fact he is open to far more improvement than most and by far his best run was when upped to this kind of trip last time out.
Dangers include Cathedral Rock and Vodka Brook but the top weight Victoria’s Groom should also not be dismissed lightly having run solid races on his last two starts and this step up in distance could see him raise his game again.
Carl Llewellyn runs Hennessy here off top weight in preference to taking up his entry in the Peter Marsh Chase and is open to plenty more improvement on just his fourth chase start.
I think he would have gone close in last season's Pertemps Final at the Festival but for falling three out when staying on well at the time and there has been talk of a Scottish National bid later this season which if the case, he has a big chance here off a rating of 134.
Stolen Moments' jumping was better last time but that element of his game would worry me around here where the fences come quickly so Zacharova strikes me as the main danger to Hennessy.
Venetia Williams' bottom weight won more easily than the winning margin at Leicester suggested at Leicester last time and is a big player but I will take class to come through in the shape of the top weight.