Placepot Pointers: Be brave and rely on a banker in the first at Warwick

Tue 22 Sep 2020

By The Tote Team

As the jumps season gathers some momentum, our attention turns to Warwick where some of National Hunt’s biggest trainers will be getting runs into their horses with potentially bigger targets on the horizon.

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How’s the going?

Britain’s Indian summer continues in Warwickshire and the going is Good, Good to firm in places with the track likely to be watered.

The action at Warwick can often be fast and furious and the fences come at you quickly on the chase course, so it can be testing for a novice.The hurdles course is sharp and ex Flat horses quite often perform well here.

The Big Trend

Nicky Henderson’s only runner here hit the frame on Monday and the Seven Barrows man has an exceptional record at the track. 53% of his runners here over the last five years have finished in the top three and he will surely have more joy today.

He runs Felony (1:15, Leg 1), whose previous flicker of ability came when finishing second here in a bumper and Diamond River (1:45, Leg 2), who makes his debut over the timber.

Placepot Banker

It’s always a risky approach to put your banker up in the first race of the day but Tim Vaughan’s LET THE HEIRS WALK (1:15) should find themselves in at least the first three.

Previously plying his trade in Ireland, he got off the mark at the first time of asking for his new trainer and was given a hefty 11lb rise for his straightforward victory at Sedgefield. Despite that, he’s a consistent sort who will run his race and there’s not a huge amount in here you could make a case for.

Outsider to Consider

We’re taking a chance on HOMING STAR in Leg 4 (2:55). She improved for the step up in distance last time out and she’s unexposed over this trip. Right at the bottom of the handicap and with the same claimer on board as last time, she could spring a surprise here. Graeme McPherson has saddled a few winners recently too.

Torpedo Leg

Leg 5 (3:30) is a tricky five runner affair so there’s only two places up for grabs. Three come here chasing double, with Neville’s Cross and Present Chief looking strong at the head of proceedings, but Lord Springfield looked revitalised under the stewardship of Sara Ender.

Further down the market, Laugharne should be competitive on the form he showed at the end of last season.

Our Placepot Perm

Leg 1: 1

Leg 2: 1, 4

Leg 3: 1, 2

Leg 4: 1, 13

Leg 5: 3, 1

Leg 6: 6, 5

1 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 = 32 lines

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