Likely improvers include Thais Toir, King Erik and Felony who all have hopes of being suited by this sharp test, but LET THE HEIRS WALK has a good chance of conceding the penalty on his best form in Ireland and Britain.
Grey Spirit put his Flat speed to good use when pipping the short-odds favourite at Stratford last month but that race developed into a sprint and, although the useful runner-up has won again since, the form may not be quite as good as it seems at first glance. He has a penalty to shoulder here and clear preference is for DIAMOND RIVER, who won a bumper in good style last month and comes from a good jumping family.
Things didn’t quite fall into place over fences for JABOTICABA last winter but he should be placed to advantage off his current mark this season. Statuario made a good start to his chase career at Uttoxeter.
We haven’t seen GETAWAY MAG since her winning handicap debut at Doncaster in February but a subsequent 3lb rise could turn out to be lenient and she gets the nod here. Milan Of Crystal was a well-held third on soft ground on her latest outing and is out of the weights here but today’s return to a sound surface may enable a revival. Eva’s Diva finished tired after going off too hard at Uttoxeter last time but that was the first time she failed to make the frame over hurdles.
Present Chief made light of the 2m7f trip when winning last month but there was also much to like about the way NEVILLE’S CROSS won on his handicap debut at Uttoxeter and the way he finished there suggests he can cope with the slightly longer trip here. Lougharne, back from a layoff, and novice winner Lord Springfield are the next two on the list.
The most obvious answer is NORTHERN BOUND (nap), who made a promising chase debut when second at Uttoxeter three weeks ago and had that piece of form boosted when the winner followed up off a 12lb higher mark on Sunday. Tis Fantastic returned to form with a win at Stratford last month but isn’t sure to be suited by today’s faster ground and a bigger threat to the selection may come from Veiled Secret.
Young Wolf has made a promising start to his chasing career and might well be 2-2 over fences had his jumping been more fluent in the closing stages at Stratford last month. He can go well but slight preference is for PADLEYOUROWNCANOE, who is also unexposed as a chaser and is now 2lb lower than when making the frame in a Listed handicap at Uttoxter in July. Vivas has stamina to prove but won after a break off today’s mark here a year ago, while Mr Mafia can make a bold bid from the front.
Terrafirma Lady stayed on for a very respectable third at Fontwell five weeks ago and ought to build on that performance here but Olly Murphy’s newcomer CRACKIN’ ROSE is a sister to a bumper winner and she is taken to enhance her trainer’s excellent bumper strike-rate. Delgany Dancer is another debutante to be interested in.
The Racing Post’s tips at Warwick on Tuesday
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