Fred Hutsby looks to have a good hand for Monday’s Warwickshire Hunt point-to-point meeting at Mollington.
Last year’s card was dominated by Robert Waley-Cohen, who sent out four winners, but this year’s honours are likely to be more evenly spread.
Hutsby has three entered in the Butler Sherborn Members Race and is most likely to run Kristian Gray and the Ettington trainer said: “He’ll run if the ground is soft enough. He ran well here last time and likes the track but he’s a big horse, so he wants nice ground.”
The main danger to the Hutsby horse is likely to be Orang Outan, a good third in the ladies open at the last meeting here.
The AGA Mixed Open is the feature race and is another in the AGA All Comers Championship series, which concludes at Chaddesley Corbett in May.
It has attracted a high-class entry of 14, including prolific East Anglian pointer and former Cheltenham Festival winner Bertie’s Dream.
Hutsby expects Killimore Cottage, twice placed in hunter chases this season, to benefit from the application of blinkers.
Vincitore is another coming back from hunter chases, in this case after a recent win at Warwick, for Adlestrop trainer Claire Hart who said: “We’ll run him where we can find the best ground. We want to qualify him for the AGA Ladies Race at Stratford.”
Hart also intends to run Kazuri Kate in the Avonvale Veterinary Practice Confined Race and offered an explanation for his recent sixth at Chaddesley Corbett.
She added: “It was her first run in a ladies open and she’s worked brilliantly since.”
Edgcote handler Pauline Harkin is bullish about The King of Angels after the 13-year-old bounced back to form with a vengeance at Garthorpe last weekend.
She said: “He’s right back to form. He won well in a quick time and is full of himself. You wouldn’t know he’d had a race.”
In the opening FN Pile Maiden, for younger horses over a distance of about two miles five furlongs, proven form is again limited.
Tom Weston’s Bignose Kate looks best on paper, having finished second on her debut, but Alan Hill expects The Crumpet Mine to improve on his recent Kingston Blount third.
The Ray Randerson Carpets Maiden over the full three-mile trip includes Hutsby debutant Midnight Flyer while Harkin is likely to run both Sea Rock and Ask Away and is keen on both of them.
The Sir James Shuckburgh Bt Restricted Race has attracted 19 entries and it looks hard to pick a winner.
It could be between Devils Boys, trained by Zara Phillips, the Julie Marles-trained Castle Connell and Jake Coulson’s Wood Park who are on the upgrade.
In the Claydon Horse Exercisers Novice Riders race, Tim Sage’s Perfectly Willing has been running in open races all season, winning one and placed in the other five.
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