If horses could blush with embarrassment, Wymott would be cherry coloured. The McCain chaser came into this season with a formline of 210/2121/111p and many had high hopes of him as a Grand National candidate at the least. He ran a good race in the Hennessy first time out this season when beaten under 7 lengths by Carruthers.
Next time he started 2/1 fav in the Tommy Whittle at Haydock where he chucked it when coming under pressure. His enthusiasm was no better next time at Sandown, packing it in as soon as he came under pressure.
He wears blinkers for the first time tomorrow but perhaps, what might make more of a difference to him is a jockey change. Jason Maguire has ridden him in all but one of his races (The Hennessy, G Lee took the mount in his best run this season). Brian Harding rides tomorrow. Maguire, skilled as he is, can be very hard on horses, and I just wonder if Wymott resents him. at 22/1 on Betfair (18/1 with bookmakers) I’m willing to pay to find out.
Not much point backing him EW. He’ll either be on a going day or not so the Betfair price is recommended.
I like the favourite in the race a lot – Shakalakaboomboom, but he is a real stayer imo and might find this on the sharp side, especially as he is not the most fluent of jumpers. (Geraghty does a fine job of letting him negotiate fences in his own style, though I was very surprised to hear his trainer nail him as a National type – I think the fences would terrify him).
But Wymott is well worth chancing at the price.
My only other bet tomorrow will be Temlett in the 2.45 Leopardstown. It’s a very open race. Temlett won on his only outing last year and is partnered by the talented 5lb claimer Adrian Heskin. I’d back him EW at the freely available 16/1.
The Argento Chase
This is probably the first time I won’t have a bet in this race. None of the outsiders appears to have any chance. I won’t back R Johnson ( Captain Chris) horses as I think he has far too many disagreements these days, in big races, with his mounts at obstacles (sometimes taking off far too early).
Time For Rupert seems to me to run with the choke out in big races and I fear something might be wrong with him (though his trainer is hugely bullish and I’m tempted!)
Diamond Harry is fragile and despite two track wins, condemned by his trainer as ‘perhaps not a Cheltenham horse’.
Tidal Bay has, I think, an undiagnosed physical problem (though I couldn’t t rule out new trainer Mr Nicholls having got to the bottom of it).
And I think Midnight Chase has had his season in the sun.
It should be a fascinating race. Good luck.