Through The Card: Warwick, Thursday 29 November
Timeform take you through the card at Warwick on Thursday...
"...that form looks stronger now with the winner subsequently going in again..."
Timeform on Cuddles McGraw
12:05 - A potentially informative maiden with several interesting types on show, but none more so that NESTOR PARK (9), who shaped with plenty of promise on hurdling debut in a stronger race than this at Cheltenham last time. An above-average bumper performer, he was too keen for his own good, pressing the leader and taking it up at the fifth flight until his earlier exertions told, headed two out and having no extra on the run-in. He is open to improvement now, a potentially a smart novice in the making. Redzor is another to view in a positive light and is expected to give the selection most to do.
12:35 - BARBADOS BLUE (3) ran to a useful level when an impressive winner of a bumper here back in May and rates an exciting prospect to go hurdling with. That form doesn't look anything special on the face of it, but the visual impression she created is still fresh in the memory, and she has the pedigree to make a big impact now jumping (her dam is a half-sister to top-class hurdler/high-class chaser (stayed 25f) Big Buck's). Definitelyanoscar shaped with promise when runner-up in a similar event at Ludlow last time and sets the standard of those with hurdling experience.
13:10 - This looks a good opportunity for CUDDLES MCGRAW (1), who made an encouraging start over fences when second at Bangor last month, pulling a long way clear of the rest. He was unlucky to bump into one that day, and that form looks stronger now with the winner subsequently going in again, and Cuddles McGraw is well up to winning races in this sphere. Windspiel ought to go well again, while chasing could be the making of Captain Simon.
13:45 - UNBLINKING (15) ran a mighty race when second in a big-field conditionals' handicap hurdle at Cheltenham a fortnight ago, showing easily his best form in this sphere, and has obvious claims of going one place better able to race from the same mark. Carrigmoorna Matt shaped as if in need of his reappearance last month and could be primed for a big run on just his second start for this yard, while Ballygown Bay caught the eye at Hereford last time and is another to consider.
14:15 - There is some risk in supporting DAUPHINESS (8) this afternoon but hopefully there will be plenty of reward now making her handicap debut. She finished well beaten on all three of her starts in novice hurdles last season, but did hint at some ability on her final start at Hereford, and could be worth chancing after 10 months off with that in mind. Henry Daly has been going great guns of late, and the booking of Richard Johnson - who has a good record here - is perhaps a sign of intent.
14:50 - WITHOUT FRONTIER (7) isn't the most straightforward, and didn't shape with an abundance of promise on his chasing debut at Lingfield earlier this month, but he could be worth chancing now having slipped to a career-low mark. He doesn't look badly treated on the pick of his hurdles form, and will be suited by this step up to three miles. A first-time visor may also perk him up a little so there are reasons to think a better showing could be on the cards. The Dan Skelton-trained SOUNDS OF ITALY (6) is by far the most appealing option in the race, though, and needs keeping on side also in what looks a very winnable contest.
15:20 - L'INCORRIGIBLE (6) and Twist are two interesting newcomers and look the pair to focus on with the ones with experience not setting an exacting standard. The former gets the vote, for a yard that do incredibly well with their runners in this sphere, and the market this morning is telling us that a big run is expected.
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12:05 - 9
12:35 - 1
13:10 - 15
13:45 - 8
14:15 - 6, 7
15:20 - 6