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Lubeat Foras

This looks a very modest event to kick the card off at Warwick, and one would think that as long as the 14 month absence doesn’t hinder Lubeat Foras too much, he should have enough to get off the mark over hurdles. A winning pointer previously, he made a very impressive start to life under rules at Sedgefield in January 2020, putting 4l between himself and the runner-up with a similar distance back to the third. That race looks a fair quality in hindsight, certainly possessing more substance than this event. He’s been switched to Ed De Giles in the meantime, and with ground conditions similar to those when he won, the 6yo will take all the beating.

Blazing Saddles

Shanroe Tic Toc is a consistent gelding, but he seems to have paid for that consistency with an ever-increasing handicap mark. Ben Pauling’s charge should go well again but might be vulnerable to something with a bit more scope for improvement. Since undergoing a wind op just over a year ago, Blazing Saddles has run three decent races over this sort of trip over hurdles. Second to subsequent Greatwood Hurdle third Tegerek in March 2020 preceded him finishing fourth at Huntingdon before getting off the mark for Jeremy Scott at Stratford two months ago. A number of those in behind have hit the frame since, so he might just be able to improve enough to score again off this 6lb higher mark.

Blue Ribbon

This is a fascinating four runner contest over 2m. Both Thebannerkingrebel and Fix Sun are well capable on their day but have questions to answer, while Champagne City clearly loves it here, as he seeks a course and distance hat-trick. However, it’s hard to see how a 7lb penalty stops Blue Ribbon doubling up for Dr Richard Newland. Renowned for improving horses from other yards, the Worcestershire handler certainly did that with the son of Sayif as he bolted in over track and trip on stable debut last time out. That field was admittedly weaker than the trio he takes on today, but he was an eased down 9l winner that day with another 7l back to the third so has to be taken seriously. Getting upwards of 13lbs from his rivals, his trainer may have found a perfect opportunity for a second success.


There’s no doubt that Fidelio Vallis has developed into a very useful chaser as he chases a fourth straight victory over fences. What we don’t know yet though is the value of that form, whereas the tried and tested form of Hollywoodien gives him a good chance here. Having missed 10 months he put up a couple of good performances last season finishing third behind Ibleo and Paddy’s Poem who both continued to improve after, while he rounded off the campaign with a good second behind a Kerry Lee soft ground merchant. His mark has eased another couple of pounds, so he might be the one to pick up the pieces if Fidelio Vallis falters.


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Leg 1
Lubeat Foras
Leg 2
Shanroe Tic Tec
Vision Clear
Leg 3
Black Centaur
Leg 4
Blue Ribbon
Champagne City
Leg 5
Fidelio Valis
Leg 6
Southfield Royale

About Warwick Racecourse

Often referred to as one of the courses that boasts the stiffest fences in the country, Warwick once hosted one of jumps racing's biggest names. But Red Rum’s visit to Warwickshire didn’t see him jump a ace, instead he raced on the flat.

Since 2014, the venue has hosted solely National Hunt racing, with around 25 meetings throughout the year. Such is the challenge of Warwick’s fences, one of its features, the Kingmaker Novices Chase has gone to multiple future Gold Cup and Champion Chase in its history.

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