Rouge Vif

Saturday 8th February

There are 2 good cards at Newbury and Warwick today with some big names having their pre Cheltenham Festival runs like Altior and Native River. I don’t back odds on favourites, but I have found 4 horses that I like the chances of today at Newbury (1 at a big price) and Warwick.

Here are today’s racing selections, good luck guys!

NEWBURY

Highly Prized (3.35) @ 10/1

Emma Lavelle was sent this ex flat horse via the Lady Cecil yard and he has been in terrific form (1311) since he has been sent hurdling by his new yard. Emma Lavelle says he is really suited by flat tracks on good ground, which is exactly what he gets here.

The booking of Jonjo O’Neill Jr to ride is eye catching, and he is my “Jockey To Follow For The Jumps Season 19/20” and I hold this young man in very high regard. This 7 year old has a real chance under his optimum conditions today.

Grand Lord (4.45) @ 50/1 (with Bet365)

Bumper races can throw up some odd results sometimes as a lot of trainers use them primarily to get the horse some track racing experience. Trainer Stuart Edmunds gave this 4 year old a favourable mention in his Weekender Stable Tour the other week, and I’m happy to take a chance at the prices that his gelding can back up his trainer’s opinion of him.

The form of his only run to date in a bumper in France – where he finished 3rd – is pretty good, and I think he can out run his big odds here today.

WARWICK

Rouge Vif (2.05) @ 4/1

Trainer Harry Whittington has always held this 6 year old him high regard, and his best form has come on good to soft, or better ground. That means his recent efforts on soft ground can be marked up, and he has a real chance now he back on his favoured ground today.

Trainer Harry Whittington has always held Rouge Vif (above) in high regard, and I think he can beat the favourite Nube Negra today at Warwick

His jockey Gavin Sheehan has been riding really well recently, and he won the Grade 1 Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase – for Olly Murphy – at Sandown last week. He is still an underrated jockey in my opinion, and he gets on really well with this gelding. I respect Nube Negra for the Skelton brothers, but I think this 6 year old can beat him today.

Cadzand (4.25) @ 9/4

Dan Skelton likes to run his better bumper horses at his local track, and this son of Stowaway looks pretty useful. He won his only PTP, and then he finished a respectful 3rd behind the well regarded Son Of Camas on his debut for the his new yard at Newbury.

That looked like a strong bumper, and more winners have emerged from that race since. The trainer’s brother Harry comes here to ride instead of heading to Newbury, which is a strong pointer to the fact that the yard fancy this 5 year old’s chances today.

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