It's a low-key day of action on Wednesday and the most valuable contest is the two-and-a-half-mile handicap chase (14:50) at Wincanton, which has a prize fund of £22,000.
Timeform's weight-adjusted ratings are headed by Luckofthedraw (139), who has enjoyed a productive campaign this term, following up two victories with three runner-up efforts. Luckofthedraw took advantage of a drop in the weights to score at Fontwell in November and he then made light work of defying a 7 lb penalty at Huntingdon only six days later. He further highlighted his wellbeing by running at least as well in defeat when runner-up at Newcastle just a week afterwards. He has filled the same position the last twice and deserves plenty of credit for his latest effort at Sandown, where he finished in front of a subsequent winner and found only an unexposed sort too strong.
Luckofthedraw is able to run off a 1 lb lower mark than he did at Sandown, which looks generous, and he should continue giving a good account.
Dorking Lad (138) also arrives here on the back of a creditable effort having finished runner-up at Huntingdon recently. Dorking Lad was below his best in first-time blinkers at Lingfield in November but he bounced back in cheekpieces at Huntingdon, where he was unable to get on terms with a well-handicapped winner but pulled 17 lengths clear of the only other finisher. He has an up-and-down profile but is able to race off a 1 lb lower mark here, so is entitled to respect on his Huntingdon form.
Kakamora (137), on the other hand, needs to bounce back from a lesser effort at Musselburgh. He ended last season on the up, winning his final two starts over hurdles, and he made an encouraging debut over fences when third over this course and distance last month. However, he went backwards from that chasing debut at Musselburgh, finding so little for pressure that something may have been amiss. He has potential from this kind of mark but that effort last time is a concern.
Pasvolsky (135) was well beaten on his chasing debut here in November but he was presented with a good opportunity in a novice at Plumpton last month and took advantage of his only rival underperforming. It is difficult to assess the merit of that performance and Pavolsky has more on his plate back in handicap company here.
Flagrant Delitiep (?) has the Horses For Courses Flag, highlighting his effectiveness here, as he posted a win and two seconds from four starts over course and distance last season. He has failed to fire so far this term, which makes it difficult to assess the level of form he is capable of producing (hence the ? symbol), but he is fairly treated on the pick of his efforts and it's possible the return to this venue could fire him up.
Timeform Analyst Verdict:
Luckofthedraw is thriving for Toby Bulgin and fancied to bag a third win having been eased 1 lb for his recent Sandown second. In-form Dorking Lad is next on the list, with Kakamora weighted to have a say too if shrugging off a lesser effort at Market Rasen.
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