No luck for Alan yesterday as his best bet of the day could only finish second. Not to be deterred though he is looking to get back on track with two selections from Hamilton and Warwick...
"wasn't far away last time in a better company, stepping up in trip which will suit and has been dropped another 1lb"
If Majeste has retained any of his ability he wins
Two years ago Rebeccca Bastiman's charge Majeste was trained by Richard Hannon and running in Listed company at Newmarket off a mark of 103, that is 46lbs higher than he gets to run in this. Now he has obviously had problems over the last two years and is still to get his head in front for the Bastiman team but this is another drop in class for the five-year-old. The gelding wasn't that far away last time out in a better contest than this, he is stepping up another furlong today which will suit and has been dropped another 1lb after that run, if he can't win this then I am not sure where they would go.
I accept it's been a long time since Majeste has won, that's why he is in this company and available at 11/4 3.7511/4, but he must of had something about him at some stage and If he has retained any of that previous ability then he can surely return to winning ways in what is a very very weak contest.
Of the rest of the field, two of the fancied runners are running from out of the handicap. Lukoutoldmakezebak attracted late market support when keeping on for third over seven at Musselburgh recently and you could argue he will enjoy this longer trip. He is normally there or thereabouts but always seems to find at least one too good and both of his wins have come on the all weather, he is a maiden after 18 starts on the turf. And the other fancied runner is Clary a nine-year-old mare who hasn't won since 2015 and hasn't been within nine lengths of a winner on turf over this trip or longer.
Tanrudy will take all the beating tonight
It's rare for Nigel Hawke to leave a Warwick meeting without a winner and the fact that this is Sean Bowen's only ride of the night also suggests that Tanrudy could be worth following. This looks another weak race and I thought it looked a good opportunity for Tanrudy to get his chasing career off and running. He has run twice over fences so far, finishing a more than respectable third of 13 on his chasing debut and he had no chance, finishing second, last time out in a three runner race against a 141 rated hurdler making his chasing debut (Whatmore) who was sent off the 2/9 1.222/9 jolly, so he can be forgiven for the distance he was beaten.
There is nothing close to the potential of Whatmore in this race though and that experience will hopefully have brought him on. He gets in here off the same mark (97) and he looks like he is shaping to be a decent chaser, which is no real surprise as he has a decent record in good company on the point to point circuit. He should be more than capable of taking care of these.
2019 Overall: +17.3pts
This week so far...
Staked: 10 pts
Returned: 12 pts
2018 P&L +82.29pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts