Thursday Wincanton Preview – Silver Buck Handicap Chase
Analysis of the Silver Buck Handicap Chase
A competitive Class 3 feature race takes centre stage on Wincanton’s Thursday’s seven-race card. Our tipsters have provided their thoughts on each individual runner as well as a tip for the race included.
The Devils Drop
Alan King’s eight-year-old THE DEVILS DROP was a useful hurdler a few seasons ago winning on three occasions, however, he is yet to fully convince over fences and is still searching for a first victory over the larger obstacles.
Connections will certainly think he can win from his current mark of 123 after notably chasing home subsequent grand Sefton winner Mac Tottie back at Newbury in March.
The Devils Drop will have needed his return to action in November when pulling up and could outrun his odds now fitted with cheekpieces.
Trainer David Bridgewater wasted little time in getting CAPTAIN TOMMY back into the winner’s enclosure when winning stylishly at Uttoxeter back in May after joining from the Harry Whittington yard.
The seven-year-old has held rank in tougher company than this in recent starts but has been disappointing the last two occasions when being beaten a combined distance of 49l at Market Rasen and Bangor.
Captain Tommy does however drop into Class 3 company now and his mark continues to slide.
Cuban Pete (NON-RUNNER)
CUBAN PETE started last year with back to back wins at Stratford and Hereford but has struggled to rekindle that sort of form in recent starts for trainer Venetia Williams.
The nine-year-old still remains high in the weights and is 5lb above his last winning mark. He should strip fitter for a recent return to action at Ludlow but it’s hard to see him winning this race.
Five-year-old CREALION has indicated in recent starts that a step up in distance may unlock further improvement after finishing second and third over 2m4f.
Last time out over this course, Crealion kept on well after losing a position or two as they turned for home. Tom George’s charge stayed on resolutely to once again press the leader but ultimately couldn’t succeed.
Trainer Tom George has his string in good form at the moment and in form jockey Jonathan Burke returns to the plate after having seven winners in the last two weeks.
Useful hurdler DHOWIN made a very encouraging start to life over fences last time out at Lingfield. The seven-year-old raced in the rear and made late headway that day suggesting a step up in trip would very much suit.
Jockey Caoilin Quinn takes a handy 7lb off and there should be plenty more to come over the larger obstacles and that recent return will have Dhowin spot on for Thursday’s contest.
It will be interesting to see how D’JANGO gets on in his first appearance in Britain and first run for trainer David Pipe. The eight-year-old was last seen falling in a race at Auteuil in October but prior to that had won a decent contest back there in May 2020.
The market will indicate D’jango’s chances nearer post time but it’s hard to envisage him being good enough to make a winning stable debut considering his best efforts have come on heavy going and will encounter much quicker conditions on Thursday.
Colin Tizzard’s runner BUTTERWICK BROOK ran a sound enough race last time out over 2m4f when chasing home Armattiekan of Donald McCains.
The six-year-old kept on gamely once headed and should benefit from the step-up in trip. However, this race appears significantly stronger and he is yet to win over fences and his only career victory came over hurdles at Taunton back in January 2020.
Big Race Verdict
Dhowin will be expected to build on an encouraging debut over fences but this seems a warmer contest and the vote goes to CREALION who has hinted on more than one occasion that he is ready to strike and he can return to winning ways now granted a proper stamina test. The Devils Drop can chase him home.