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Warwick hosts a rescheduled seven-race card this afternoon after falling foul of the weather on Saturday. A host of horses entered for races at the Cheltenham Festival are due to feature including two runners in the Grade 2 Kingmaker Novices’ Chase.
Allmankind will make it a hat-trick if he scores in the Kingmaker Novices’ Chase. The five-year-old won at this course in November before following up in a Grade 1 at Sandown the following month. He is 8/1 in our non-runner money back book for the Arkle Chase on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival.
Sky Pirate is also chasing a hat-trick and receives 3lb from Allmankind in this Grade 2. Connections have the eight-year-old currently holding entries for two races at Cheltenham – the Arkle Chase and the Marsh Novices’ Chase. He won a Class 2 at Prestbury Park in December before following up at this course last month.
The French horse has overcome Brexit and coronavirus restrictions to travel for this afternoon’s Mares’ Hurdle, which is being treated as preparation for a run in the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle. She is 12/1 in our non-runner money back book for the feature race on day three of the Festival so a win today would be a good way to warm up.
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A listed winner on her last run at Sandown in January, the seven-year-old is set to make her fourth appearance of the season ahead of a potential run in the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle on the opening day of the 2021 Festival.
The six-year-old registered a second-place finish in last season’s Grade 2 Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle but failed to win on her seasonal reappearance after changing yards from Willie Mullins to Paul Nicholls. She is now being trained by Fergal O’Brien and is among the possible runners in the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.
A Cheltenham Festival winner for Willie Mullins in 2019, Eglantine Du Seuil is winless in four runs since switching to Paul Nicholls’ yard for this season. She finished third of four behind Roksana in a Grade 2 at Ascot last month and is entered for the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle after today’s run.
The 11-year-old has to lug around top weight in today’s Paddy Power Warwick Castle Handicap Chase. Aso has been placed twice in the Ryanair Chase and holds entries for this year’s renewal and the Gold Cup. He has not won since a Grade 3 success at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day in 2019.
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