Thursday 29th November 2018
1.45 Warwick – (Class 3) (2m 5f) (Handicap Hurdle)
A competitive affair at Warwick for a Thursday afternoon comes in the form of this 1.45 contest which is a Class 3 handicap hurdle which is ridden over a distance of two miles and five furlongs. It see’s the Nigel Twiston-Davies trained Unblinking head affairs following a fine effort behind Palmers Hill the last day at Cheltenham. He’s due to be going up seven pounds next week following that effort and also has the advantage of a further seven pounds from claimer Jordan Nailor so it certainly looks as though he has a fair bit in hand on paper. However it’s not always as easy as that and this certainly looks no easy task as a case could well be made for most of the field.
Hastrubal posted his best effort to date last month at Bangor when finishing runner up and can be found trading at a general 11/2 in the betting here. He’s just ahead of Ballygown Bay who’s a generally consistent performer with some solid efforts to his name and also has the services of Richard Johnson. Nicky Henderson is represented by Malton Rose here who’s also a generally consistent performer, however who’s he does sit at the top of the weights and will have to give away 22 pounds to the market leader which looks no easy task. Subcontinent was second over course and distance back in April before following up with a win at Perth when he was last seen and looks an interesting contender for Venetia Williams, whereas the Dan Skelton trained Solo Saxophone will be looking to bounce back to form of his sixth placed effort in the Fred Winter at The Festival following two slightly below par efforts this time around.
“It’s hard to oppose Unblinking here who does look very well treated on that run at Cheltenham last time behind a potentially smart sort. It’s likely he’ll put on a bold show here for Nigel Twiston-Davies, one that might run well at a price could be Solo Saxophone for Dan Skelton. He does have something to prove here but he looked a decent prospect last term culminating with a sixth placed effort in the Fred Winter and wasn’t totally disgraced last time out at Cheltenham in the same race as Unblinking.”