Warwick hosts a bumper eight-race card on Thursday – and I’ve got a couple of tips for the occasion.
Opening the meeting at 1.50 is a 2m5f maiden hurdle, for which 11 go to post.
I think CARRAREA, who makes his debut for Mark Walford having switched from Emmet Mullins’ yard in October last year, will be hard to beat in this.
The six-year-old boasts some solid bits of form in competitive handicaps over in Ireland and this represents a marked drop in class that, providing the son of Notnowcato is fit and well after a 209-day lay-off, he should take in his stride.
The main and arguably only danger is Gaelic Park. However, even factoring in Bradley Roberts’ 7lbs allowance, he has a bit to find on official ratings – and that’s without considering the fact that the horse was pulled up last time out.
The booking of top jockey Daryl Jacob for the selection is an eye-catching one, too. He’s never ridden the horse, nor does he ride all that much for Walford, which only adds to my confidence.
Next up, I think GRANDEUR D’AME is a great bet for the 0-140 handicap chase over 2m at 3.35.
This looks a competitive affair, with the improving Saint Segal heading the market, but Alan King’s seven-year-old is on the improve and is in receipt of 10lbs+ from his major three rivals.
He was imperious last time out in winning a 0-120 handicap chase by a widening 17 lengths. That form was given a fair boost too when Thelasthighking, who was runner-up to the selection, was a comfortable 4L winner at Wincanton the other day.
He’ll enjoy this decent ground and I don’t think a 8lb rise in the handicap is enough to stop him.
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