Tizzard Team Take Aim at Wincanton – Their Quartet on Thursday Analysed

Colin Tizzard is in search of more winners to add to his tally at Wincanton on Thursday.Colin Tizzard is in search of more winners to add to his tally at Wincanton on Thursday.

Four Horses Go for Team Tizzard on Thursday at Wincanton

Wincanton was the first course at which Colin Tizzard trained 100 winners earlier this season. He takes aim at the Somerset track again with four runners in separate races on Thursday and we’ve previewed their chances below.


Name In Lights (1:15 Wincanton)

Tizzard’s representative in the opener is NAME IN LIGHTS, who is one of 13 rivals to have had the pleasure of facing Supreme Novices’ Hurdle favourite Constitution Hill so far.

That he was beaten 90 lengths is not at all to his shame and little did we know in that novice hurdle what would happen in the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle the following month. Name In Lights had previously been second over the same course and distance in November, to another decent novice in Bombs Away.

That is likely the more reliable piece of form given how much his most recent start was blown apart, as it also came on soft ground, which is likelier to come at Wincanton. There is almost certainly no Constitution Hill in this lineup and it would be no surprise if Tizzard’s six-year-old were to find this race much more to his liking.


White Moon (2:15 Wincanton)

The aptly-named WHITE MOON is rapidly becoming the correct colour as he ages. The ten-year-old may now also be on the horizon of winning once again.

It has been over three years since connections of the grey tasted success, but there were the nearest signs of life on his most recent course and distance start in which he was well in contention heading into the home straight.

He does not finish off his races quite as powerfully as before and he may not be one for an each-way bet. In his 17 rules starts, he has three wins, but has never finished second or third.

A mark of 110 follows seven successive starts over obstacles in which is rating has fallen, but if his last run is anything to go by, he can still be competitive at the very least.


Whydah Gally (2:45 Wincanton)

Although still technically a novice, it does appear that handicaps are WHYDAH GALLY’s present as well as his future.

He was not disgraced in either of his last two novice hurdle starts in February or March, but has made a better start handicapping under Brendan Powell, finishing third on his comeback at Newton Abbot, before coming second at Lingfield.

The horse who beat him that day was Sidi Ismael, who won his next two starts and yet Whydah Gally’s mark has remained unchanged on 113 here. That looks generous, as there is unlikely to be a horse who is as much of a blot in the ratings as that rival was and he has been trending in the right direction anyway.


Aki Bomaye (3:15 Wincanton)

A winner of a point to point before starting under rules, this three-mile trip should play to the strengths of AKI BOMAYE as he faces it for the first time.

Despite his stable having a poor season, he was still placed in both his novice hurdles last term, albeit beaten a fair distance in both. He then returned by finishing second in a handicap on his chase debut at Worcester.

His record of placing in every start was ended at Huntingdon, yet his losing margin was the lowest of any of his rules efforts, being beaten just 3 ½ lengths in a closely fought affair.

A mark of 111 looks defiable for a horse who should continue to improve over fences, especially at this sort of trip.