Thursday’s race of the day – Who will claim the bragging rights in Silver Buck Handicap at Wincanton?

Jon Vine takes a look through each of the runners in the Silver Buck Handicap Chase at Wincanton and provides readers with his tips in the race of the day on Thursday 5th November.

As part of our Daily Tips service, I’ve taken a look through each of the runners in Thursday’s race of the day at Wincanton and tipped an overlooked contender to run well beyond his current odds.

Thursday’s Race Of The Day at Wincanton

Above Board

In good form in the summer of 2018. Went into handicap at Cheltenham’s Showcase Meeting as a 17/2 shot, but was heavily beaten there and three outings after. 32-length loser on reappearance at Exeter and doesn’t look particularly well-treated.

Air Navigator

Was running up to a good level in March, but suffered heavy loss on final start of last season, and again on reappearance at Newbury. Has run well here in the past though and looks open to improvement over three miles. Could be worth an each-way punt.

Bermeo

Won a handicap at Fontwell back in June rated 97. Has risen seven pounds further up the weights having placed in three better races since. Will love the good ground and carries little weight. Could go well again.

Cesar Et Rosalie

Won a £22k Class Two Handicap Chase at Uttoxeter in May, beating some quality horses on good ground. Ran a decent race to place third behind Touch Kick on reappearance, and dropped a pound for his efforts. Not without a chance here, despite 11-10 on his back.

Robbie Power will travel to Wincanton to ride Copperhead for Colin Tizzard on Thursday.

Coopers Square

Was rated just 84 when winning a handicap at Warwick in March. Another win and two narrow second later, he enters this rated 110. Still looks open to improvement over fences and proven on all kinds of ground. Has a little to prove in this sphere though.

Copperhead

Ended novice hurdling season rated 125, having won impressively on last two starts. Stepped up to three miles on first start over fences. Jumped OK, but weakened quickly in final half-mile. Looks too short in the betting.

El Presente

Looked a stayer over hurdles, where he reached a peak rating of 130. 25/1 shot in hot race at Huntingdon on chasing debut, but ran a blinder to place fourth. The form of that race has been boosted significantly and a reproduction of that would be enough to win here.

Findusatgorcombe

Earned spot in this handicap with two Class Four victories, carrying odds of 28/1 to victory on soft ground at Exeter the last day. Bottom-weight here and a course-and-distance winner. Beaten 28 length by Bermeo at Fontwell in June though and will likely be outclassed.

Fingerontheswitch

A regular figure in staying handicaps on good ground, running consistently well over hurdles and fences. Finished third in 2018 Badger Ales Trophy and comes into this on the back of good placed efforts at Cheltenham and Wetherby. Not to be overlooked.

Guerrilla Tactics

Another dual-purpose horse, who’s run more over hurdles than fences in last 16 months. Love good ground, but ran really poorly on last start at Exeter and only victory over fences came when rated 14 pounds lower than this.

I See You Well

Heavily beaten on last five starts over fences. Pulled up here on reappearance and beaten 35-lengths at Warwick last time out. Now only two pounds higher than last winning mark, but brings terrible form to the table.

Fingerontheswitch winning over hurdles back in October 2016.

Indy Five

Returned to action after 550-days out at Exeter last month and was never travelling. Pulled up well before the end. Ground looks a little quick here and carries 12-00 into battle. Not much going for him.

Mahlermade

Has shown good form over fences in the past, but last three runs have been very poor. Comes into this one the back of 21 and 80 length defeats and remains three pounds higher than last winning mark.

Marble Moon

Claimed deserved victory at Bangor in August. Won nicely again on the back of a break at Ludlow. Did well to finish third after a huge drift in the betting on last start. Should be competitive again on ground conditions which will suit. Better handicapped options though.

The Happy Chappy

Claimed sole chase victories in the autumn of 2017. Hasn’t got within seven lengths of the winners in ten starts since last win. No reason to suggests form will turn around here.

Verdict

If El Presente can repeat the fantastic performance he produced behind Deyrann De Carjac and Pym on his chasing debut at Huntingdon, then Kim Bailey’s charge will take all the beating. That being said, there’s a huge gap behind the market leader in the betting and three paid places up for grabs, so there’s plenty of scope for an each-way punt here and the one who stands out for me is FINGERONTHESWITCH (14/1 William Hill).

After looking like his career over fences was finished, Fingerontheswitch rediscovered his love of chasing when winning at Wetherby last November, a result he followed with a fantastic third-place finish in Wincanton’s biggest race of the season, the Badger Ales Trophy.

Although he hasn’t won for five starts, Neil Mulholland’s nine-year-old has run well enough to place on his three most recent runs. Millie Wonnacott has been in the saddle for three of his four runs this term and her claimer means Fingerontheswitch will have to shoulder just 11-1 on Thursday. 14/1 looks massive.