Saturday 12th January 2019
(Author: Jordan Yates)
A warm welcome to this week’s Saturday Preview where the attention turns to a top class card at Warwick with the Classic Chase being the centre piece. As well as some smart looking contests on offer at Kempton which include the Lanzarote Hurdle. Enjoy!
The 1.50 at Warwick is where i’ll kick things off and that’s the Listed Novices Chase which is contested over a trip of three miles. The one i’m siding with here comes in the form of OK CORRAL (2/1) for Nicky Henderson in the JP silks. Derek O’Connor is over to ride and he got off to the perfect start over the larger obstacles on his last outing when winning at very shorts odds at Doncaster. This is a hot small runner race and Rocky’s Treasure is a worthy favourite and a likely tough nut to crack, Secret Investor and White Moon conclude the line up, both smart sorts and highly touted of whom could well play a part.
Onto the 2.25 which is the ‘Ballymore Leamington Novices Hurdle’ which is a Grade 2 affair ridden over two miles and five furlongs and the one i’ve had a go on here is TIDAL FLOW (11/10) for Phillip Hobbs partnered up with the champ Richard Johnson. Unfortunately the price has somewhat crashed now from the 5/2 of which it was earlier on Friday as the Hobbs charge finds himself clear favourite following the withdrawal Nicky Henderson’s Birchdale. Rockpoint is a solid contender and won well last time at Cheltenham and one to keep an eye on as well as could be Beakstown who looks a potential each way play.
The Classic Chase takes centre stage at Warwick, a Grade 3 Handicap Chase that’s contested over a distance of three miles and five furlongs. It’s normally a fiercely competitive affair of which this year is no different. You could go through the majority of the field and state each runner with a fair chance and the one i’m taking somewhat of a tentative chance on is DUEL AT DAWN (7/1 EW). He was last seen when finishing slightly down the field at Haydock last time behind Daklondike in what was a decent race. He’ll likely be a lot better off for that run here and I can see a much improved effort if getting a clear round. Kielan Woods is in the saddle.
Kempton Lanzarote Hurdle:
KLOUD GATE – (7/2)
“Unfortuatnely the price has crashed throughout the week on this well fancied Gary Moore charge, but as this is a page primarily to share with you who i’m betting on Kloud Gate is my Lanzarote selection. Winner of his last two starts over hurdles he looks a very nice fit for this race, his win at Doncaster last time was particularly impressive despite him going off at a short price.”
DOUX PRETENDER – (7/1) (E/W)
“A bigger price for those who don’t fancy taking the now slightly skinny priced favourite. Doux Pretender ran slightly below par last time at Cheltenham when well fancied, however conditions should be more in his favour here at a track that should also be more to his taking. Noel Fehily is in the saddle.”