Two races for us at Warwick this afternoon and an important update on our Cheltenham Festival charity preview as main ITV commentator Richard Hoiles has kindly joined the contributors.
The going at Warwick is Soft and after yesterday’s beating from the storms, a relatively pleasant day is forecast.
With form horses Coo Star Sivola and Global Stage having disappointed on their latest starts – a difficult race to assess.
Monsieur Co was beaten when left clear at the final hurdle, with that form looking suspect.
At current prices Coo Star Sivola is preferred.
I price the main players as follows.
Coo Star 7/4
Monsieur Co 11/4
This is a ‘hands and heels’ handicap hurdle for amateurs and conditionals – whips not to be used. Not the sort of race I would get too seriously involved with.
In theory William Money is thrown-in racing of a 15lb lower mark than when winning over fences 2 days ago. The question is whether he will transfer that form to hurdles.
Act Now is sure to run well but has not been missed by the handicapper.
Staunton has been needing this step up in trip and looks an e/w option. Best priced at 15/2 this morning.
On my private tissue I go:
William Money 11/10
Act Now 5/1
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