Racingtv.com's Harry Allwood praises Tom Marquand and has three selections for Monday's racing action as he bids to get his punting week off to a profitable start.
There are plenty of rising stars in the weighing room who continue to impress in the saddle, none more so than Tom Marquand who is enjoying a fine season and an incredible run of success over the past few weeks.
Fresh from landing the St Leger aboard Galileo Chrome, ‘Magic Marquand’ once again showcased his talent with a treble at Ayr on Saturday and his ride aboard Nahaarr in the Ayr Gold Cup was timed to perfection.
Marquand has also impressed with the way he conducts himself out of the saddle and the 22-year-old discussed his career with Nick Luck on Luck On Sunday at the weekend, which you can watch again below.
The Classic-winning rider has built up a big reputation over the past couple of seasons and his success this year suggests he is going to be a strong challenger for next year’s flat jockeys’ championship.
Onto Monday’s racing action and there are five meetings live on Racing TV, and racegoers are set to return at Warwick - which gets underway at 12.45pm – as part of the latest racing crowd pilot event.
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I am siding with the three horses below to get the week off to a flying start, including one in the €40,000 feature at Listowel (3.10pm).
There are plenty of contenders in this race who are on the upgrade and capable of showing improved form this season, but Cerberus has a touch of class and looks the one to be on.
The four-year-old was successful at Grade Three level over obstacles last season plus was also placed in a couple of Grade Ones before finishing a respectable sixth in the Triumph Hurdle.
The tacky ground on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival probably didn’t suit him and he didn’t jump as well as he can, so his effort was better than the bare result suggests.
A rating of 138 looks fair on his handicap hurdle debut on Monday and although he has won on soft and heavy ground before, he is not the biggest and I think he will be suited by the better going here.
Joseph O’Brien’s charge should also be fit from an eye-catching run on the flat at Navan 11 days ago - his first run since March - and ought to have plenty more to offer over obstacles.
3.15 Warwick: France De Reve at 5-2 with William Hill
France De Reve represents powerful connections in this 2m5f handicap hurdle and a repeat of her victory at Newton Abbot last time out is likely to see her in the winners’ enclosure again here.
The grey mare – who looks a chaser in the making - showed promise without getting her head in front in three starts for Nicky Henderson last year and produced a great round of jumping to score on her handicap debut in August.
The step up in trip also appeared to suit and, despite being bustled along a fair way from home, France De Reve found plenty under pressure and was well on top at the finish which suggests a 7lb higher mark is not enough to stop her winning again.
In the past ten years, Henderson has a 29 per cent strike-rate - seven from 24 - with his runners in handicap hurdles at Warwick and a 31 per cent strike-rate when teaming up with Nico De Boinville at the track.
I was quite surprised to see France De Reve open up at 5-2 with William Hill and I expect her to go off shorter.
Luck Of The Legion has failed to show her true colours in two starts over fences this season but returns to hurdles on Monday and plenty more can be expected from her.
The daughter of Getaway was progressive last season and landed this contest 12 months ago off a rating of 81 under Thomas O’Brien.
She now finds herself on a rating of 98 but was not beaten far off this mark when runner-up on her final start last year and remains low mileage, so ought to have more progress left in her this season.
Her trainer, Tom Lacey, has been in excellent form over the past fortnight operating at a strike-rate of 50 per cent, and ground conditions will be ideal for his charge.
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