Warwick Placepot: Monday March 30

Horizontal Speed (right) ran a cracker at Cheltenham
Horizontal Speed (right) ran a cracker at Cheltenham

There's a competitive card at Warwick this afternoon, and that's where we head for Monday's attempt at the Placepot...

Useful hurdler Horizontal Speed has done well over fences and put up a cracking effort in defeat at the Cheltenham Festival recently, going with zest at the head of affairs and only giving best after the last...

14:20- Old Pride looked better than ever on his first start under Rules when winning at Doncaster, forging clear under today's rider, and he can go well again, despite a hefty rise in the weights. The Doncaster contest wasn't a strong one, but Old Pride has an unexposed profile and should be capable of better. We'll also include Rayak as he also proved better than ever last time, finding more than is often the case, and he remains competitively handicapped.

14:55- The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Bally Braes shaped much better than the bare result when finishing fourth here recently, a mistake at the second-last proving costly, and he should be given another chance. With just two places on offer, though, we'll also Baroque Man for a bit of insurance. Baroque Man offered little on his return from a long absence at Taunton in January, but there were more encouraging signs when sent chasing at Newbury in February and he can make an impact if building upon that effort.

15:25- Useful hurdler Horizontal Speed has done well over fences and put up a cracking effort in defeat at the Cheltenham Festival recently, going with zest at the head of affairs and only giving best after the last. Horizontal Speed is still relatively unexposed as a chaser and will go very close in this less-competitive contest if running to a similar level. He looks sure to give an good account and is banker material in the Placepot.

16:00- This is a decent contest in which a chance can be given to a good few. The one with the most compelling claims, though, is Capard King whose form has taken off since switched to handicaps, and he can launch a bold bid for the hat-trick. Capard King provided supporters with a few anxious moments when justifying odds-on favouritism at Fakenham last time, but he's been freshened up since and remains with scope for improvement. He's joined in the permutation by Dawson City as he's also gone the right way in handicaps and should continue to give a good account.

16:30- The withdrawal of Handsome Buddy, reducing the field to four, means that finding the winner is necessary to progress, and we'll rely on both Coolking and Hi Vic. Coolking ran his best race for a while when making his debut for Chris Gordon, and the yard's record this season at improving recruits means that he has to be respected. Hi Vic is completely unexposed having made just one start for Alan McCabe, winning in good style at Southwell, and should go close from a fair-looking mark.

17:05- There are a couple of interesting newcomers in this field, notably the well-related Draytonian, but Oh Land Abloom has made an encouraging start to his career and sets the standard on form. Neil King's five-year-old wasn't disgraced in a listed race at Newbury, and backed up that positive impression when finishing third at Doncaster last time. He can be relied upon to launch another bold bid.

Recommendations:
14:20- 2, 3
14:55- 2, 3
15:25- 2
16:00- 5, 8
16:30- 2, 3
17:05- 5
= 16 lines

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