Wincanton Preview: Reblis ready to rock
Reblis has been shaping as if coming back to his best and with underfoot conditions to suit can get back on the winning trail in the extended 3m 3f handicap chase at Wincanton today (2.35).
The Gary Moore trained gelding came at this time last year when landing back-to-back successes in the mud at Plumpton.
In the last of those the 10-year-old stayed on strongly to beat Smoking Aces by 4 1/2 lengths off a mark of 119 in the Sussex National.
Reblis got put up 11lb to 130 for that victory, but has gradually come back down the weights and now races off just 117.
That is 2lb lower than when last successful, and gives the son of Assessor major claims from a handicapping perspective on the pick of his form.
Reblis also comes into the contest after making a bold bid to win the Sussex National for a second time when finishing a staying on 2 1/4 length third to Itoldyou.
That was his best run for some time, and one which suggested Reblis would soon be back in the winners’ enclosure.
With the heavy ground holding no fears, and George Gorman in the saddle taking 10lb off Reblis’ back with his claim, everything looks in place for a huge run.
In the 2m hanciap hurdle (3.10), Sea Wall looks to have got in lightly following an easy success last time out.
The Chris Gordon trained gelding shaped with bags or promise when third to the useful Seedling at Plumpton before bolting up on handicap debut at Lingfield.
The seven-year-old made a mockery of his opening mark of 116, travelling strongly throughout and leading on the bit between the last two flights before readily pulling four lengths clear of his rivals on the run-in.
The son of Turgeon scored with tons in hand, and a 5lb rise looks extremely lenient given that was just his fourth start over the obstacles.
Sea Wall remains unexposed and open to bags more improvement, and with the testing conditions ideal is going to be very tough to beat.
1.30: Muckle Roe
2.05: Five Star Wilsham
2.35: Reblis (NAP)
3.10: Sea Wall (NB)