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Saturday’s ITV Racing tips - 12/1 Grade Two double at Wincanton

Jonathan Vine 6 Nov 2018
Daryl Jacob riding We Have A Dream (green) clear at the last to win The Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree.

Our expert takes a look at the two Grade Two’s at Wincanton on Saturday and rolls his ante-post selections together into this ante-post double with William Hill.

Two big handicaps dominate proceedings on Saturday, with Doncaster staging the November Handicap Stakes mere minutes before the Badger Ales Trophy takes place at Wincanton. Before we reach that staying handicap chase, there are two excellent Grade Twos to take in on the Wincanton card and our expert has rolled his selections together to make this ante-post double with William Hill.

Saturday’s Grade Two Double

2:25pm Wincanton Jockey Club Ownership Syndicate "Rising Stars" Novices' Chase (Grade 2) 2m4f

Paul Nicholls looks set to fire two arrows at the prize he took down the Modus last year and the Ditcheat maestro must be very impressed with Secret Investor to hand him his first start over fences at Graded level. Dynamite Dollars has jumped a fence this season, scoring an impressive win at Market Rasen, but his two starts over this trip last season were extremely underwhelming.

Stowaway Magic was given a penalty kick on his last start over fences and can build on that maiden victory, as can Majestic Moll, who saw off a very useful mare in Kalahari Queen on her chasing debut last month. While they appeal at their current prices, BAGS GROVE has always been a horse I’ve liked and I feel Harry Fry’s charge could be the one to side with.

This time last year, Bags Groove claimed two decent prizes in Class Two Handicap Hurdles, but was forced to miss most of the first half of the new year when ground conditions went against him. Fry decided the ground was good enough for his charge to make his chasing debut right at the end of the season and the seven-year-old ran a good race, losing out by less than a length to Verni over two miles.

The son of Oscar made his reappearance at Ffos Las two weeks ago, going up against an even-money favourite in Vision Des Flos and Grade Three winning hurdler, Jester Jet. Despite jumping right on a couple of occasions, Bags Groove made his way to the front with four fences to jump and stayed on very nicely to secure a two length success.

Those wayward jumps would have cost Bags Groove a couple of lengths at least, but they could play to his advantage as he switches to a right-handed track. Bags Grove is one of the only runners in the field to have proven themselves over this trip and he clearly goes well at this time of the year. He should put in another improved display.

Bags Groove (centre, left) winning at Chepstow last season.

3:00pm Wincanton Unibet Elite Hurdle (Grade 2) 1m7½f

If The Cap Fits is a horse I really like and I think he could progress onto Group One level over hurdles this season. Harry Fry’s charge was forced to miss the second half of last season after sustaining an injury and he could need the run to get back to the peak of his powers. 

While Redicean impressed in defeat at Cheltenham the last day and could contend, it’s very hard to look beyond the Nicky Henderson horses at the head of the betting. Verdana Blue was the impressive winner of a Listed race on her reappearance. However, with the Greatwood at Cheltenham on her horizon and the weather forecast likely to ease the ground towards good, the Elite Hurdle could be the scene of WE HAVE A DREAM’S triumphant return to action.

The Munir & Souede-owned gelding enjoyed an unbeaten first season over jumps. We Have A Dream stormed to victory in the Grade Two Summit Juvenile Hurdle, before sticking to his task nicely on heavy ground at Chepstow to claim a maiden Grade One in the Future Champions Hurdle.

Henderson decided to bypass Cheltenham in favour of the 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree. That proved to be a smart decision, as We Have A Dream secured a second Grade One with the minimum of fuss, seeing off Gumball and stablemate, Apple’s Shakira by a convincing margin.

We Have A Dream was removed from Cheltenham’s Showcase Meeting when the ground came up on the fast side of good and there’s a chance the same thing could happen here. However, there’s plenty of rain due in the build-up to Saturday’s card and the chance of We Have A Dream making a winning return to action gets better with every inch that falls.

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Saturday’s ITV Racing tips - 12/1 Grade Two double at Wincanton

Our expert takes a look at the two Grade Two’s at Wincanton on Saturday 10th November and rolls his ante-post selections together into this ante-post double with William Hill.

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