Alan Thompson returns to the tipping chair on Monday and has two selections from the meeting at Warwick...
"a close second off today’s rating and a repeat of that sort of effort would surely see him claim this"
Templepark looks the one to be on at Warwick
Templepark for Fergal O'Brien looks like the one to beat here, the seven=year-old has won two of his last four starts, with the defeats being a pair of seconds. He really is as consistent a performer as you can find, his last three runs have come over hurdles and a return to chasing is a big positive. The form of his second place finish last time out has been well and truly franked, with both the winner, the third and the fifth home that day going on to win in their next start. His last chasing run, at Newton Abbott, was a close second off today's rating and a repeat of that sort of effort would surely see him win this.
The danger looks like coming from the Matt Sheppard yard and his seven time chase winner The Bay Birch. He can go well fresh and he has been off the course 192 days, but he wasn't in the best of form the last time he was seen. The nine-year-old mare hasn't been within 10 lengths of the winner in her last six starts, albeit in better company than this, but I think she may need this run to get back to her best.
Cremant will enjoy this drop in trip
Neil Mulholland's six-year-old Crement has shown plenty of ability in three opening runs over hurdles. He made his handicap debut at Uttoxeter over two and a half miles and he didn't quite get the trip after coming from off the pace to take the lead two flights from home. Today though he is dropping back to two miles and this will certainly help matters and with his mark unchanged, he looks to have everything in his favour today. He is certainly going the right way and looks the type to progress again as he gains further experience.
Billy Ray was a decent stayer for Mick Channon but has been a shade disappointing since moving to Sam Drake, the five-year-old gelding hasn't been in the same county as some the winners in his races since moving. A bigger threat could come from Alastair Ralph's charge, Kabrit, who was a beaten favourite last time out and has the cheekpieces back on. He struggled with his jumping at Perth and probably did well to finish fourth in the circumstance, so if he has tidied that up a bit he could fill the runner up position.
2020 (prior to this week) : -5.31pts
This week so far...
Staked: 0 Pts
Returned: 0 pts
2020 P&L -5.31 pts
2019 P&L +0.31 pts
2018 P&L +82.29 pts
2017 P&L +53.30 pts
2016 P&L +15.23 pts