Good ground forecast for the second day of Warwick’s September meeting.
Sir Tivo heads the market for the novices’ handicap chase, and he has had a lucrative summer with three wins over fences. Those success have led to a 26lbs hike in the weights, however, and he was beaten off his current mark at Bangor-on-Dee last time.
Away At Dawn (2.45) is 14lbs better off – including jockey’s allowance – with Sir Tivo for the 11L he was behind the latter in north Wales when he made a shuddering mistake two out when beginning to make his challenge. The selection – 5/2 with 10Bet – is not the biggest, but he should get a good look at his fences, and it would be no surprise to see Brian Hughes try and make all. Note Donald McCain fits his 6-y-o with cheekpieces for the first time.
Pens Man (4.30) has been raised 4lbs for landing a Uttoxeter handicap on his chase debut and he can follow up in the conditional handicap chase for Jonjo O’Neill. The selection – 9/4 with Boylesports – is a flashy chestnut which wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but he was a winning pointer in his native Ireland and began life in handicaps on a very favourable looking mark.
I remember Rebel Royal coming down three out at Kempton when looking the most likely winner back in April, but he has shown zero since and has left Alan King. He is 16lbs lower in the weights than he was in the spring and a market move would be worth noting although the Ben Case yard have been quiet of late.
At Lingfield Emblem Empire (3.45) can go one better than when runner up on debut over a mile at Kempton. The colt was slowly away and did not have the best of runs last month but is bred to appreciate today’s additional quarter of a mile and has little to fear from Master Of Souls who reopposes today and may not appreciate the step up in trip. The selection is 6/5 with MansionBet.
John & Thady Gosden have their string in excellent form and the yard have saddled the winner of this corresponding race for the last couple of years.
I think Mafia Power will appreciate the drop back in trip to 10f in the finale and I would expect Sean Levey to make plenty of use of his mount from stall one. The vote, however, goes to Time Interval (4.20) whose record at this trip reads 12 and also looked a non-stayer when failing to get home over 12f at Leicester last time when he raced with the choke out. His sole previous visit to Lingfield saw the selection run out a 4L victory over 7f as a juvenile – his draw in stall four is another plus. Roger Charlton’s 3-y-old is 4s with 10Bet.