Grade Two Rising Stars Novices' Chase Wincanton Guide 2023

Joe Glayshier | @joeglayshier

Wincanton - November 11 2023
Wincanton 13:50
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Bryan Carver

Opening Bid

J: Bryan Carver
T: Chris Down
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-4
OR: 125
Days: 30

Chris Down sends one runner to the Grade Two Rising Stars Novices' Chase in the form of current market outsider Opening Bid. The eight-year-old has been in decent form over the fences in 2023, recording five wins from eight runs over the bigger obstacles since the turn of the year. He arrives here on the back of the latest of those victories, a six-and-a-half-length success over 2m 3f at Exeter last month.

Despite that strong form during 2023, he is in tougher company here and has never raced over fences above class three level. Not completely out of it, though.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
12/10/23EXE19GF11-101
05/10/23WAR20Gd11-122
11/09/23NAB21GS11-101
23/07/23STR19.5Gd11-125
04/07/23STR19.5Gd11-131
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Jamie Moore

Givega

J: Jamie Moore
T: Gary Moore
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-4
OR: 132
Days: 245

Gary Moore boasts one in this Grade Two chase over 2m 4f at Wincanton on Saturday in the form of Givega. The seven-year-old makes his chasing debut here following a run of three wins from his first five runs throughout 2021 and 2022, with those successes coming at Sandown, Footwell and Lingfield, all over the smaller obstacles. We haven't seen Givega since he broke a blood vessel in a Sandown handicap back in March and he is now pitched into grade two company for his chasing debut.

There are a couple who are preferred to Moore's gelding on paper but he's one to consider. Jamie Moore will do the steering.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
11/03/23SAN16Hy11-4PU
16/02/23SAN16GS11-111
14/01/23WAR21Hy11-2PU
26/12/22FON17.5GS11-41
24/11/22LIN16Sft11-01
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Harry Cobden

Knappers Hill

J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-4
OR: 153
Days: 28

Paul Nicholls has one in this Grade Two Rising Stars Novices' Chase on Saturday in the shape of the market favourite Knappers Hill. The seven-year-old arrives here on the back of a promising chase debut at Chepstow last month, finishing second to Unexpected Party, a long way ahead of the rest of the runners. He was handy over hurdles for Nicholls and now arrives here as the 8/13 favourite, looking to secure his first victory over fences.

It won't be easy for him as there are others in good form, but he should be there at the end in the hands of Harry Cobden.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
14/10/23CHP19.5Sft11-52
29/04/23SAN21.5Sft11-101
26/02/23FON19Gd11-103
18/02/23WCN15Gd11-102
01/01/23CHL20.5Sft11-64
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Tom Bellamy

Captain Conby

J: Tom Bellamy
T: E Sheehy
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 11-4
OR: 140
Days: 41

Eamon Sheehy sends one runner to the Grade Two Rising Stars Novices' Chase on Saturday with his six-year-old Captain Cosby. The useful hurdler has made a good start to life over fences, with a win on chasing debut at Killarney followed by a runner-up finish at Tipperary last month behind 8/15fav Sharjah, trained by Willie Mullins.

Early signs are suggesting that he will perform better over fences than he did over hurdles and that grade three runner-up finish further proves that. He deserves respect here in the hands of Thomas Bellamy.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
01/10/23TIP20Sft11-12
26/08/23KLN17Y/Sft11-121
03/08/23GAL16Gd/Y11-012
04/07/23ROS11.5Gd/Y9-97
14/04/23AIN20GS11-1017
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Jonathan Burke

Lady Adare

J: Jonathan Burke
T: Harry Fry
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 10-11
OR: 125
Days: 30

Harry Fry sends one runner to the Grade Two Rising Stars Novices' Chase at Wincanton in the form of Lady Dare. The mare made a winning debut over fences at Worcester over 2m 4f last month, claiming success by over two lengths with the well-fancied 15/8fav Space Voyage down in last. The seven-year-old won four of her first four starts over hurdles and now enters graded company over the larger obstacles for thee first time here.

This will be tougher than the races she's been in before this. Jonathan Burke is booked to ride.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
11/11/23WCN20GS10-112
12/10/23WOR20GS11-01
22/08/23NAB17Gd11-93
19/04/23CHL20.5Gd11-212
05/04/23WCN15Gd12-22
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Adam Wedge

Doyen Star

J: Adam Wedge
T: Evan Williams
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 11-4
OR: 130
Days: 281

Evan Williams sends one runner to this grade two race at Wincanton on Saturday in the form of Doyen Star. The five-year-old has made a good start to his career so far, winning both his starts over hurdles at Chepstow, by over two lengths on both occasion. They both came at class four level, and this will be a tougher assignment on his chasing debut.

The 130-rated runner is another one to consider in this one, has recorded decent form and a lot here are relatively inexperienced over fences. Adam Wedge is on board.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/23CHP16GS11-81
18/11/22CHP16GS11-01