Plenty of action in third leg of Warwick May Racing Carnival
TODAY, Wednesday, sees the third leg of the Warwick May Racing Carnival when the seven-race card, which gets under way at 1.15pm, is topped by the Class 2 Wigley Group Carnival Handicap Chase over two miles, writes David Hucker.
Six runners will be competing for the £22,500 prize fund, the best of which could be Fidelio Vallis, trained by Paul Nicholls and running in the familiar colours of John Hales.
He has been raised 6lbs for an easy win at Kempton Park on his last outing and now races off his highest handicap mark, but could still be improving and looks to have top-weight Bun Doran, rated at 160 at his best and third in the 2020 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, to beat.
First up is the NAF William Eborall Maiden Hurdle over two miles and three furlongs in which Lubeat Foras, a winner of his only point-to-point and bumper, makes his debut for trainer Ed de Giles.
Goudhurst Star, who ran green when making his bumper debut here in February, could run well on his first outing over jumps and Young William wears cheekpieces for the first time, but needs to find some improvement, having been beaten a long way when last of only three finishers at Huntingdon.
Blazing Saddles failed to follow-up his Stratford win in March when beaten 12 lengths by Mystic Court at Taunton last month, but has Matt Griffiths back on board in the Coronation Handicap Hurdle over two miles.
The race is named in honour of the 1841 Derby winner, who scored as a juvenile at Warwick and in his trial race as a three-year-old before going on to triumph at Epsom.
Eleven have been declared for the Project Management Services Oxford Ltd Chandler Handicap Chase over an extended three miles and a furlong, including course regular Goodnight Charlie who is reunited with Bridget Andrews.
Danilo D'Airy was the subject of a gamble when making all the running to win from 38lbs out of the handicap at the last meeting, but is 14lbs worse off this time with runner-up Max Dynamo, who was having his first run since wind surgery.
Just four line up for the £18,500 Feldon Dunsmore Carnival Handicap Hurdle over two miles and front-running Champagne City goes for a hat-trick of wins over the course from a 4lb higher mark than last time.
Blue Ribbon was an easy winner at Worcester on his debut for trainer Dr Richard Newland last week and makes a quick reappearance under a 7lb penalty.
The Elizabeth Davenport Crudwell Cup Open Hunters' Steeple Chase over an extended three miles and a furlong remembers the most prolific winning horse of the 20th century who, between 1948 and 1960, won 50 of his 108 races, including eleven at Warwick on the flat and over jumps.
Captain Cattistock saw off all challengers when running on well for Albi Tufnell at Cheltenham last month and looks the one to beat.
Despite running from a 1lb higher mark. I'm A Starman, runner-up to Pounding Poet at the last meeting, could take the closing Warwickshire Handicap Hurdle over three miles and a furlong from Blarney Bateleur.