13th January 2014 – At the five-day confirmation stage for the Higos Insurance Services Somerset National 21 horses remain in the Wincanton marathon on Thursday, January 16th. In-former trainer, Venetia Williams, has numerous entries on the day and is double-handed in the showcase with Rydalis and Yellow Ball.
The Colin Tizzard-trained top weight, Handy Andy, who finished seventh at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day is looking to improve on that run at his local track. Other notable entries in the three-mile three-furlong contest include David Pipe’s duo, Alderluck and Shaking Hands, with the latter in need of a reprisal of form.
The Higos Insurance Services Langport Handicap Hurdle has attracted 25 horses including one-time useful Flat horse, Poet for Lambourn-based trainer Clive Cox. Thirteen months ago, after winning a decent maiden hurdle, connections that include former champion jockey and Channel 4 Racing presenter, John Francome, were discussing the possibility of a Champion Hurdle entry. This season, a November pipe-opener should put the nine-year-old gelding spot on for the race.
The Higos Insurance Somerset National Raceday sees Wincanton launch its new owners’ initiation – providing all Wincanton winning owners with a complimentary platter of local Somerset cheese courtesy of Longmans. The platter will complement the traditional race trophy and DVD which is enhanced with the chance to purchase a bespoke ink and oil celebratory painting from Wincanton Artist in Residence, Hannah Fowler.
The first race comes under starters’ orders at 1:50pn. Six races are on the card and gates will open at midday. Advance tickets are available from £12 - call 0844 579 3014 or buy online at wincantonracecourse.co.uk