Megan Nicholls Racing Tips – Wincanton

BetMGM ambassador Megan Nicholls offers her insight into the world of horse racing as she brings her first-rate knowledge exclusively to our blog every week.

In this entry the former jockey, who rode more than 110 winners before turning her hand to television punditry, casts her eye over Saturday’s meeting at Wincanton.

Eyecatcher of the Week

Jeriko Du Reponet won very impressively at Newbury, remaining unbeaten.

He also looks very classy, has a high cruising speed and handles testing conditions well. I think he will be better with a slightly better surface under his foot and he just looks like a very classy horse for Nicky Henderson and JP McManus.

An exciting one for the future – and it is likely we will see him aiming for the Supreme. He is my eyecatcher from the past week.

Saturday Racing Tips

Wincanton 2.05 – Handicap Hurdle

My pick in this one is going to be Fourofakind (11/4 fav).

I am fortunate enough that I get to ride him out plenty at home on a daily basis and the fact he has his cheekpieces and tongue tie returning will certainly help him.

He has been a bit disappointing in two runs but his home work has been nice and the returning headgear should be useful.

Fourofakind has gone well on heavy ground previously on the flat and his victory last year over hurdles came in soft conditions.

Hopefully he won't mind the testing ground once again and I think we could see him return to form off a low mark of 102. He has yet to win a handicap but that looks like a realistic sort of mark and a realistic race for him.

Megan’s Tip: Fourofakind WIN

Wincanton 2.40 – Handicap Chase

Georges Saint (2/1 fav) absolutely bolted up on heavy ground when last seen at Fakenham. It was an impressive performance in the Lady's Race (the Female Jockeys' Handicap Chase).

He ultimately received a big hike in the weights from that performance – getting raised 7lbs which means he obviously has to improve once again. He's on the up with two victories recently and, ultimately, he probably would be the one to beat.

But I don't mind the chances of Go Steady (6/1) for Dan Skelton, with 3lbs off his back. He goes well in slow conditions, has recently run well on heavy and is a winner on soft. He didn't disgrace himself at Cheltenham last time whatsoever.

This race isn't quite so competitive – it is a drop-down to a Class 3, which means that's naturally the case – and Go Steady stays further, which will be important in the conditions at Wincanton where you're going to have to stay well.

A forecast of Georges Saint and Go Steady would not be a bad option here.

Megan’s Tip: Georges Saint 1st, Go Steady 2nd FORECAST

Wincanton 3.15 – Handicap Hurdle

Individualiste (7/4 fav) can back up his victory at Taunton, with his quick turnaround to Wincanton no problem whatsoever.

The headgear really helped him and he looked very happy on slow ground so that's not an issue either.

I think with the fact he won so impressively despite it not being the most competitive race at Taunton shows he's the type of horse that, now he's got his head in front, he might just be able to keep going in the right direction and improving.

**Megan’s Tip: Individualiste WIN

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