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Skin to become Good at Wincanton

06 Nov | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Skin to become Good at Wincanton

With high-quality handicap action taking place at both Wincanton and Aintree there should be some great value on offer for punters

One of the toughest puzzles for punters to solve this weekend is the 2.05 from Wincanton.

The Badger Ales market is headed by 7/2 shot The Ould Lad and there is clearly a lot to like about his chances on his first run for Paul Nicholls.

Early last season he was in very good form and recorded two successes over fences.

However, his form declined near the end of the season and he will need to be back to his best to take this competitive prize.

Nicholls will be hoping that the first-time tongue tie helps do the trick.

The Ould Lad has been very well-supported in the days leading up to the race and the value appears to have gone from his price.

A good alternative to the favourite could be A Good Skin, trained by Tom George and ridden by Paddy Brennan.

Currently priced at 11/1 there is enough value to back him each way.

A Good Skincomes into the race after running a solid reappearance at Cheltenham. However, that run was possibly needed and he can improve in Saturday’s contest.  

With only five chase starts there could be better things to come. He has already recorded two chase wins from those five starts which is a very solid record.

Another worth considering is Wilton Milan, who as a current 10/1 shot is a generally consistent performer.

He will be having his second run for Harry Skelton on Saturday, a trainer who can certainly get a horse winning – something Wilton Milan has only done once in 13 chase starts.

Zarib will be tough to beat in Elite Hurdle

Wincanton also hosts the Elite Hurdle on Saturday.

Current market favourite is Zarib, priced at 9/4.

He comes into this season off the back of a solid juvenile season last term where he claimed two victories, which included one at Wincanton.

He also ran a very respectable sixth in the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival.

However, his final appearance last season was a disappointment and he will need to bounce back from that.

All Yours finished in front of Zarib in the Fred Winter but with the latter re-opposing on more favourable terms, he faces a tough task.

All Yoursfinished last season with a victory in a Grade 1 at Aintree and repeat of that performance will certainly see him go close.  

He is an 11/4 shot to enhance Paul Nicholls’ already stellar record in this race.

Upepito to take advantage of low weight at Aintree

Upepito takes part in Aintree’s 3.05 on Saturday and has a great chance.

He was only narrowly defeated on his seasonal reappearance and returns off a 2lbs higher mark, although he is due to be ridden by Bridget Andrews who claims a valuable 5lbs.

He will be having his second start for Harry Skelton on Saturday and he is taken to build on that solid reappearance on Saturday.

Another horse near the foot of the weights is Bincome who is trained by Phillip Hobbs.

Taking into account Conor Smith’s claim that he only has to carry ten stone appears to give him every chance on Saturday.

He has already recorded a course and distance win, which will stand him in good stead for Saturday’s test.

He has won a total of five chases in all and could extend this to six, the only concern would be his lack of a recent run due to him being off the track since May.