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I thought Buzz De Turcoing received a very good ride yesterday by James Bowen. There are too many occasions where you see jockeys sleeping when one horse gets an easy lead and goes around 15-20 lengths ahead. James was alert to that yesterday and made a decision to get closer to the leader with around a circuit to go, and that proved pivotal. His jumping yesterday wasn't as good as I'd hope, but he was clearly well handicapped, and got away with it.
The problem you get when backing novices, especially over fences, is that they are prone to making mistakes. However, LIGHT N STRIKE completely blows that out of the water after his first two starts over fences, and even though he has only won one out of the two runs, he looks tailor made for this discipline, and is surely still on a winnable mark.
He was 8L behind Isolate on chase debut in the middle of October, and I think you will see a reverse in that form today, and I find it hard to see how he doesn't. He appeared to be travelling better than Isolate when they met, but the way he weakened and Isolate powered on suggests that Light N Strike needed that run, whereas the winner was more match fit. Jack Wildman (10lb claimer) takes the ride on Light N Strike and that means that the selection gets a 9lb swing in the weights from they last met, and I think that will be too much.
As for the others, don't think they look particularly well handicapped enough to deal with Emma Lavelle's 5yo Gelding. Heartbreak Kid returned to form last time out, but might find this trip on the sharp side, being a PTP winner, you'd think on good ground around this flat track, he might not have the speed to cope. The Skelton horse, Across The Line has potential off his handicap mark, but he has made mistakes on his two chase starts, and if Light N Strike jumps like he has previously, I think he will struggle to keep tabs on him, as he will have to be foot perfect.
Like I mentioned before, Jack Wildman takes the ride. He rode him to the selection's win last time at Plumpton, and he seemed to get on brilliantly with the horse. They met so many fences on the right stride, and it seemed he was full of confidence in his mount, so hopefully they can be on the same wavelength again today.