There will be an inspection at 8am on the morning of racing for Warwick’s meeting tomorrow.
The Saturday Four
Warwick 3.00 Born Survivor NAP Get the 5/2 @Ladbrokes!
Naas 2.30 Haymount
Wetherby 2.05 Upsilon Bleu
Wetherby 2.40 Master Jake
1:50 Warwick BALLY BEAUFORT Won two C3 novice chases round Aintree, was outclassed at Kempton over Christmas in C1 G1 and runs over 3m here in a Listed event on heavy ground. He will still be the outsider of five taking on Black Hercules (Mullins), Silsol (Nicholls), Definitly Red (Ellison) and the mare Emily Kate (Kim Bailey). We will take a watching brief as this solid jumper tries to find his level, although connections seem to have a high opinion of the horse. Black Hercules has been well supported for the NH 4m Chase at the Festival. Definitly Red has always looked a chaser but was far from foot perfect on fencing debut and the mare is well in according to Official Ratings, an interesting contest.
2:30 Naas HAYMOUNT Ruby Walsh rides as Haymount has something to prove having been beaten at 2/5 last time. Grade, ground, trip, connections all fine just need to see the price.
3:00 Warwick BALLAGH Ben Case remains way out of form, only two winners this season from getting on for a hundred runners! This is their best horse and he ran OK behind OOSeven but he needs 3m and probably a fence! He’s ridden by Mr MJP Kendrick who can’t use his claim and although on some of last season’s form the Ratings would give him a squeak he has to be a watching brief with so much quality in the field.
3:00 Warwick BORN SURVIVOR I am a huge fan of this horse. “He is a strapping specimen, big, scopey and chasing shouldn’t be an issue further down the line. He won a decent Irish Point in a style that had the scouts drooling. On debut in Britain in a C4 maiden hurdle he was prominent throughout, jumped neatly, took it up three out but Alan King’s Minella Charmer gave him a race all the way to the line with the rest well strung out behind.” There is plenty of potential among the opposition including Open Eagle (13L second to Altior) and Thomas Hobson (OR97 on the flat) from the Mullins yard, unbeaten hurdlers Wishing and Hoping and McKenzies Friend to name but four! Dan Skelton told Coral’s Stable Talk “We’ve always had this race in mind for Born Survivor, and we are very happy with him. It’s a decent race. Willie Mullins has two coming over from Ireland for it, and there are a couple of strong runners from England too. It really does look a strong novice hurdle but our horse has won on soft ground and over the trip. Yes, the ground is heavy, so I don’t know how he will cope on heavy but he went through soft ground very well. The form of his last race has been franked. He had a big reputation as a pointer, cost lots of money as everyone knows, so this race is an obvious route to take and I’m very happy to be taking him here. It was pretty soft and tacky twelve months ago when I won the race with Three Musketeers. It won’t be dissimilar this time although perhaps even softer. Born Survivor is by Kings Theatre, he’s a big strong horse, he shouldn’t have a problem handling the ground, it’s just a question whether anything else handles it even better than he does.”
William Hill have opened up at 5/2 and Born Survivor is a four star**** selection.
3:00 Warwick OPEN EAGLE He is in the tracker as a big festival handicap hope. I think he may find it hard to give weight to this calibre of field. Watching brief. I think the extra half mile will help and if he goes close it will be a big compliment to leading Supreme hope, Altior. Definite watching brief.
3:00 Leopardstown WAXIES DARGLE I think the handicapper has got him and he needs to bounce back from a poor run at Ascot last time. However Paul Carberry was just making his move when he fell four out in this race last year having started at a well backed 15/2 off OR131. He will love the ground and Jonathon Moore takes 7lb off his current mark of 138. 25/1 with PP and Coral is too big. He is a one star* each way selection.
3:00 Leopardstown DE NAME ESCAPES ME He has already been put up at 14/1 as a three star*** each way selection. Then he looked a non-runner as a “dirty nose” had held him up over Christmas. Then it was “we’ll make a late call” and hoorah he goes to post with Mark Walsh in the plate!! Currently 12/1 on the High St.
NINE of the starting twenty five are owned by JP McManus, including our two and Barry Geraghty has chosen After Rain and the market has responded accordingly. It will be interesting to see where JP actually puts his money about five minutes before post time!
Star claimer Jack Kennedy takes 5lbs off Desoto County for Gordon Elliott and the red hot Rooneys! Surely not!
TIPPMANBOY Fell Evs Fav. (we took 5/4) Robbed! Jumped really well and even having not fully settled had galloped these into the ground was five lengths clear and not stopping when he came down at the last. He needs a fence, now!
SCEAU ROYAL 1st 2/11 Fav. (2/7 early) No bet. Too short. Sportinglife.com and Alan King summed it all up nicely. “Daryl Jacob, returning from injury, was happy to take a lead off Perceus for much of the race and given the testing conditions, they were not hanging around. Sceau Royal made his first semblance of a mistake at the second last but lost little momentum and drew clear on the run to the last. Once over that, he scored by an easy seven lengths.
King said: “It was a bit of an afterthought as straight after his win at Cheltenham I wanted to give him a quiet time, but he’s a tough little horse and was so fresh I thought we can’t wait until the end of February to run him. They said (owners) ‘There’s a lovely race at Huntingdon which has good prize money, I believe’ so this race has been his target for the last three weeks. He’s so quick over his hurdles, I’m not sure I’ve trained one that is so quick from A to B. He’s settling better now but my god he’s slick over hurdles and his confidence is high. He will run once more somewhere. He’s in the Betfair (Newbury) or we could look look at Victor Ludorum (Haydock) or the Adonis (Kempton), he’ll run in one of those three. Gibralfaro goes to Ascot a week tomorrow and Who Dares Wins goes to Cheltenham on Trials Day. They’ll sort themselves out in the future, but I’ll try to keep them apart as long as I can, although there’s the possibility one or two could clash in the Adonis.” sportinglife.com