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24th December 2012, 05:18pm

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Wayne has four rides on Boxing Day at Wincanton

Wayne has four rides on Boxing Day at Wincanton

Top jockey Wayne Hutchinson reflects on Bakbenscher's win and looks ahead to his rides at Wincanton on Boxing Day.

Bakbenscher is now four from four on heavy ground after his win at Haydock Park on Saturday and he relishes those conditions.

He travelled away well, slopped through the going and has done it nicely. He got a bit lonely in front as there was just the one hurdle in the home straight and a long old run-in.

It was a pleasing performance and good to see him back in the winner's enclosure. We will see what the handicapper does with him but if the ground stays as it is, then it is clearly in his favour.

I have got four rides at Wincanton on Boxing Day and start with Shady Lane for Alan King.

She ran quite a pleasing race last time when fourth at Kempton Park and she was a bit weak last year as a bumper horse.

But she has shown us enough to suggest she will win a little mares' novice event somewhere and hopefully it will be on Boxing Day.

I'm afraid I don't know much about First Morning in the novices' handicap hurdle. I had a quick scan of the form once I saw I was down to ride him and he is a winner earlier in the year but it will be a case of gathering the information from the trainer on the day.

Ardlui was third on his comeback at Newbury and he now steps up in trip to two miles six furlongs in the Pertemps Hurdle qualifier.

He was a stayer on the Flat and we think this distance is what he wants. It is a competitive race but he seems in good order and he should give a decent account of himself.

I won a juvenile hurdle aboard him last season at Newbury on soft ground and it will be heavy on this occasion so he has coped with the conditions.

I ride Easy Beesy for Charlie Egerton in the bumper and hopefully he can build on his first run.

Mr Egerton had a bumper winner at Lingfield last month as part of a double on the card so hopefully they will have gauge as to where they are with this horse - we shall see how we get on.

Alan (King) runs Raya Star in the Christmas Hurdle and he has gone for this race rather than taking on Oscar Whisky again at Cheltenham last week.

He will like the track at Kempton and is back in graded company so needs to improve again coming out of handicaps but he ran nicely against Oscar Whisky at Ascot so hopefully he can go well.

On paper, it is a tightly-knit race and perhaps you are looking at Darlan as the most likely improver on last season's form to step up and become a Champion Hurdle horse.

Finally, looking ahead to Thursday, as far as I am aware Kumbeshwar is on course for the Desert Orchid Chase.

He seems in good order after the Tingle Creek Chase so hopefully he will run his race again as he always does. He takes his racing well and thrives on it so we shall see if he is good enough.

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