Heavy ground at Warwick for todays six-race card including a competitive novices’ handicap chase over two-and-a-half miles.
You must cross seventeen fences over 2m 4f at Warwick which places even more emphasis on jumping given thy cross the five fences on the far side twice over the trip. With that in mind it may appear foolish to support a horse who fell last time out, but I must give Ambion Hill (1.55) another chance despite being an early casualty at Exeter last time.
The selection has the scope to make a chaser and he looked a sure-fire future winner when runner up at Ludlow on his chase debut. He has run well on heavy ground in the past although this trip on heavy ground is a slight concern. On Springs and Coupdebol are other potential improvers at this new discipline, but I must give the Colin Tizzard-trained 7-year-old another chance.
Recommendation: Ambion Hill (1.55 Warwick) 5/2 with bet365
In the mares’ handicap chase Eleanor Bob is chasing a hat-trick having scored at Chepstow and Huntingdon in recent weeks. The handicapper is having his say, however, and she is effectively 11lbs higher than when winning a weak four-runner race last time.
Legends Ryde (3.05) must put behind a disappointing run at Lingfield last time when she jumped poorly after a slow jump at the second fence. She is bred to make a chaser, however, and her Ffos Las success on chase debut and subsequent second to L’Homme Presse at Ascot – jumped left – is very good form in this grade.
Trainer Jamie Snowden had a winner at Doncaster earlier in the week and the hope is that this inmate returns to her best form although I appreciate you do need to put a line thorough her latest run.
Recommendation: Legends Ryde (3.05 Warwick) 11/4 with bet365
There is a cracking card at Exeter where the Devon National is the feature event.
Samuel Jackson won the corresponding race 12 months ago and looks sure to go close having run well at Lingfield in the Surrey National behind subsequent winner The Galloping Bear. He must go close, but I hope to see a big run from Wayfinder (3.50) who looked to be coming to the boil when runner up to Dr Kananga at Chepstow last time.
The selection has only raced once right-handed, and never over fences, but that was a fluent hurdles success at Hereford, and he promises to be well served by this extreme test of stamina. Rebecca Curtis has not saddled a winner in 2022 but she can certainly get them ready, and she had one of her stable stars – Pats Fancy – run well at Newbury earlier in the month.
Recommendation: Wayfinder (3.50 Exeter) 5/1 each way with Paddy Power 4 places
Please note all odds are correct at the time of publication.