Angus McNae's top tips for Thursday: Star to shine at Warwick

By Angus McNae
Thu 13 Dec 2018

There are two jumps meetings on Racing UK today - Taunton and Warwick - and I have four selections for you with two at each venue.

1.05 Taunton: Birds Of Prey at a general 5-6

This horse looks to be a useful recruit to hurdling.

Essentially, he should be far too fast for his rivals. His last start on the level came in the November Handicap where, off a rating of 92, he was a decent fourth in a race which was steadily run and didn’t suit his strong travelling style.

As a horse rated in the 90’s on the level, he should be capable of easily disposing of his rivals here.

He has to jump round of course, but he will have been well schooled by Paul Nicholls and will be hard to beat .

1.55 Warwick: Barbrook Star at 2-1 with BetBright

This horse looks set to be a better chaser than hurdler and shaped really well on his debut over the larger obstacles when finishing third to the promising Glen Forsa.

By and large he jumped well and the step up to 23 furlongs seemed to suit him.

Relatively unexposed as a strong stayer and very unexposed as a chaser, he can win for Richard Johnson.

2.30 Warwick: Daydream Aulmes at 13-2 with Bet365

This horse is open to plenty of improvement now handicapping off an official rating of 106.

He was not given a hard time over an inadequate trip last time out and, now up in trip, he can take a big step forward in this weak handicap.

He is a strong traveller who is usually held up, so a decent gallop would help, but even without a strong pace he looks set to run very well in a race where most of his opponents have holes in them that can be exposed by a progressive, well-treated type.

3.50 Taunton: Princess Midnight at 3-1 with Bet365 and BetVictor

This filly showed a lot more than previously when running in a handicap for the first time at Exeter recently and off the same rating here (82) she can make further progress.

The improvement she showed last time out was mainly due to her stepping up in trip to 21 furlongs.

Now upped further in trip to 24 furlongs, she looks ready to win.

Her basement mark surely underestimates her and she looks to be a solid wager here.

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