Wincanton Clondaw Banker

Horse racing - Wincanton - 07 Jan 14:40

This is a 20 furlong, Class 3, Novices Handicap Chase. The forecast going is good to soft/soft in places.
Clondaw Banker is an 8 year old gelding, trained by Nicky Henderson, ridden by Jeremiah McGrath.
Nicky Henderson has a 21% strike rate here at Wincanton (6 from 29). He's got a 40% strike rate over fences here (2 from 5).
He's also the form trainer in this race, currently operating at 24% strike rate, better that the opposition trainers.
Clondaw Banker is a nice type that's always been well fancied, going off favourite for 7 of his 11 races under rules.
He's only won 2 of them but has put in numerous good performances, some in good races.
The pick of his form was twice finishing close up behind the eventual 2016 Ladbrokes Hurdle winner Jolly's Cracked It. That form is more than good enough to see him win in this company, it's probably the best form on offer in this race.
For all his good form and the fact he's been well fancied he's only ever raced over hurdles, to me he's got chaser written all over him.
He now makes his chase debut here and I'm expecting him to come into his own, meaning he could leave his handicap mark of just 123 well behind.
He will have been extremely well schooled by Nicky Henderson and will only be sent out when ready, so I assume he's rearing to go.
He does have to overcome a 9 month absence but his best ever performance behind Jolly's Cracked It came after a break.
Providing he jumps well then Clondaw Banker is potentially very well handicapped and therefore too good for the opposition.
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