Through The Card: Warwick, Friday February 26

There is racing from Warwick on Friday
There is racing from Warwick on Friday

Timeform take you through the card at Warwick on Friday.

"Before that, she had acquitted herself well at listed level at Aintree when second, and she looks the one to be with here..."

14:10 - Will O'The West continues to improve with each run, and built on his earlier promise when opening his account in a conditional jockey's race at Uttoxeter last time. He escapes a penalty for that success now back in open company, and with more progression a possibility, he can follow up now over this longer trip. Paddy's Field is another one open to improvement and should also be considered in a large field of runners, having also scored on his last start. Ballypoint is potentially the biggest danger to our pair, now dropped in class, whilst Scooter Boy is an interesting outsider, though he would need to improve plenty on his Huntingdon win last time to get involved here under a penalty.

14:40 - Forgiving Glance should appreciate the better ground at Warwick today, after seemingly not handling the very testing conditions in the Grade 1 Future Champions Hurdle at Chepstow last time, and looks to have been found a good opportunity to open her account over hurdles. Before that, she had acquitted herself well at listed level at Aintree when second, and she looks the one to be with here, now back at this more reasonable level. Pillard - a winner on good ground when trained in France - heads the dangers, whilst Three Colours Red chased home smart novice Fixe Le Kap two starts ago and could build on that this time, returned to a sounder surface (winner on good on the Flat).

15:10 - An open contest in which Modeligo sets the standard, having shaped like the best horse in the weights at Chepstow recently. He looks to hold a strong chance now back up in trip, but a chance is taken on the temperamental Cheat The Cheater, who could well follow up after his success at Towcester last time. The selection has more on his plate this time, but the booking of Richard Johnson in the saddle is a big plus, and he looks to have a decent chance of making the places at least here. Captain Flash makes his debut over the bigger obstacles having run well in a higher grade over hurdles last time and is also a danger, whilst Glendermot should be more suited to chasing and could have more to offer in time.

15:45 - A competitive handicap, and several of these look to be on a winning mark, including Minella Reception, who showed enough on his two most recent starts to suggest he can win off his current mark. Another worth including is Howlongisafoot, who goes well here and can bounce back from a couple of poor runs to go well for his in-form trainer. Renard has also dropped to an attractive mark and is a danger, whilst Deep Trouble and Araldur can also get involved.

16:15 - A tough contest to unravel, where the standard is set by As De Fer, who's chasing a hat-trick after a couple of quick-fire wins. This is tougher from his revised mark, but he can go well. However, the vote goes to What A Good Night, who has steadily improved since joining Dan Skelton and can take the spoils if forgiven for his last run, which came after a 9-week break. Take The Mick has form here and can go close, while Leo Luna is better than his form suggests this season and has dropped to a tempting mark.

16:50 - Kelsey improved markedly to score in impressive fashion at Towcester last week, and is fancied to go well again. He's stepped up in trip today, but his pedigree and running style suggests the extra distance will suit, and he can follow up under a 7 lb penalty. Ceann Sibheal looked a tricky ride when third at Towcester last time, but this trip should suit and he heads the dangers, whilst Comical Red is of interest back up in trip.

17:20 - Although there's little form to go off in our closing contest, Little Miss Poet sets a clear standard after her debut second at Newbury, and she should be able to take this if running to that sort of level again, considering she was 30 lengths clear of the horse in third that day and just three lengths behind the winner. Of the debutantes, Lamanaver Odyssey and Nightfly both catch the eye on paper.

Recommended bets:
Back Will O'The West to win in the 14:10
Back Forgiving Glance to win in the 14:40

Placepot permutation:
14:10 - 1, 13
14:40 - 6
15:10 - 2
15:45 - 1, 5
16:15 - 1
16:50 - 2
= 4 lines


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