13:45 Wincanton

The twelve-year-old VALTOR (best priced at 12/1) has never managed to reproduce the form of his UK debut where he won the Silver Cup at Ascot by eight lengths off a mark of 148 earning him a handicap mark of 160 but he now looks well handicapped. He did win over hurdles in November 2019 before placing a further five times since with most of those efforts coming over fences. 

Valtor left Nicky Henderson last year to join Mel Rowley under the ownership of Simon Munir & Isaac Souede’s racing manager Anthony Bromley and he made a really encouraging reappearance when 4th at Ascot over fences off a mark of 138. Connections decide to revert him back to hurdles off a 13lbs lower mark (125) which is 4lbs lower than when a 1 ¾ length 2nd at Huntingdon in May. Therefore, Valtor looks extremely well handicapped and should run well with Ben Bromley once again claiming a handy 7lbs.

Valtor - 1pt @ 12/1

15:00 Ludlow

The Lucy Wadham yard are in brilliant form currently with three wins, one second and two thirds from her previous nine runners and I expect TERRESITA (best priced at 5/2) to prove hard to beat if in the same form as her Fakenham victory 19 days ago. The five-year-old won at Fakenham on her debut in November before making a winning handicap debut last time upped to 3 miles for the first time off an opening mark of 104. 

The handicapper has raised Terresita 8lbs for that 16 length victory which is very fair as the second that day Dynamite Kentucky has won twice since in handicaps and is currently waiting to be re-assessed by the handicapper. Corey McGivern once again claims 10lbs off Terresita and I expect her to prove hard to beat on the soft ground she thrived on last time. 

Terresita - 1pt @ 5/2

15:50 Wincanton

An unoriginal selection in the Somerset National but CAPTAIN CHAOS (best priced at 6/1) looks worth backing in this race with both blinkers and Harry Skelton returning as aids. The eleven-year-old needs a forceful ride from the front in headgear under Harry Skelton to be seen to his best so it is extremely interesting that his three runs this season have come under 7lb claimer T Durrell, been without any headgear and haven’t been under forceful tactics.

Captain Chaos has now dropped down from a mark of 138 to 130 in those three runs meaning he is well handicapped on any of his previous form. He won at Doncaster in February 2020 off a mark of 134, finished 4th in the Classic Chase off 136 and won at Ascot last year off a mark of 135 so this mark of 130 makes him look well treated. Those three runs this season may have caused him to fall out of love with racing but he is worth taking a chance on with blinkers and Harry Skelton back on board off this mark. 

Captain Chaos - 1pt @ 6/1