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The ground is forecast to be heavy for today’s card at Warwick and that might be the key to the 2m 4f Handicap Chase where Mor Brook surely needs better ground to be seen at his best for Kim Bailey.
The seven-year-old was well backed before folding over 3m at Chepstow last time and preference is for Capilla (1.30) who is chasing a quick hat-trick and got on well with his amateur jockey when scoring at Wincanton last week. He is 3lbs well-in on official figure even allowing for his 14lbs worth of penalties and is sure to handle conditions.
Beware The Bear has finished runner up on his last three starts including both points, although he lost little in defeat behind Onefitzall at Uttoxeter on his first start under rules for Nicky Henderson, and might have to settle once again for the silver medal as Born Survivor (2.20) makes his British debut for Dan Skelton.
The selection cost £220,000 at the Cheltenham Sales back in the spring having won his sole point by five lengths under Jamie Codd. Still only a four-year-old he rates a decent prospect and his rules debut is eagerly anticipated.
Ballyrath is fitted with a first time visor and this lightly-raced five-year-old can go close but Cyclop (2.30) is a winner without a penalty having come down two out at Market Rasen when clear. He has been raised 7lbs for that success but goes unpenalised this afternoon. His biggest danger might be Denali Highway who ran well on his first start in 18 months at Huntingdon last month and is entitled to come on for the run.
At Newcastle, Cracked Rear View (12.20) makes his British debut for Kim Bailey returning from a 568 day lay-off for Paul and Clare Rooney.
The selection cost £130,000 after landing a Sligo Bumper by 5L for JR Barry, and the form has been franked with the runner up and third both having won races in the interim period.
Oscar Lateen (2.50) remains a maiden after 13 starts but he looks to have found a decent opportunity in the Novices’ Handicap Chase with conditional Steven Fox taking off a valuable 7lbs. The selection ran a decent race on his comeback when second ay Ayr from this mark and he is entitled to come on for the run.
At Taunton, Rock On Oscar will be a short price in the Novices’ Hurdle over 3m but winning Bumper horses Fivefortyfive and Whataknight (1.10) are each way alternatives and the latter gets the vote.
The selection finished third over 2m 5f at Wincanton on his first start under Rules for Harry Fry having won his last five between the flags and he gave every indication that today’s stiffer test will suit. He will obviously jump a fence in time but he might upset the likely favourite. Note champion trainer Paul Nicholls has saddled the winner for the last three years.
Spending Time and Butlergrove King have the recent form on the book but I am convinced there is a little race over fences in Simply The West (2.10) for Charlie Longsdon and Noel Fehily. The selection pulled up quickly having jumped and travelled well at Ludlow last time and he is beginning to look well-handicapped although he wouldn’t want too much more rain.
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