2020 Classic Chase tips – Two against the field for Warwick’s feature race on Saturday

Brian Healy takes an early look ahead at Saturday's Classic Chase at Warwick, and he gives his two against the field for the day's feature race.

Saturday’s big race at Warwick is the Grade Three Classic Handicap Chase which goes to post at 3.00pm as the fifth race on a seven race card, and the competitive marathon could throw up a contender for the Aintree Grand National in April with One For Arthur the last horse to do the double back in 2017

The gruelling contest takes place over 3m 5f, and conditions are invariably testing as runners compete for a first prize pot in excess of £40,000 where a maximum field of 20 runners will face the starter for the Saturday showpiece.

Brian Healy takes an early look at the potential field for Saturday’s Warwick feature, and he picks out his two runners against the field who could go well.

3.00 WARWICK – McCoy Contractors Civil Engineering Classic Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (Class 1) (5yo+) – SATURDAY 11 JANUARY

Defending champion IMPULSIVE STAR (10/1, William Hill) hasn’t been in the same form as when successful in the race twelve months ago, but Neil Mulholland’s charge could be worth chancing to turn in a better performance back at this venue.

The Busy Flight gelding had finished fourth behind Rathvinden in the 2018 National Hunt Chase on just his fourth start over fences, and having chased home Ok Corral on his reappearance last term he struck in this race with a defeat of Calett Mad, scoring by just over three lengths.

Things haven’t gone to plan for him since, pulled up in an attritional renewal of the National Hunt Chase last march behind Le Breuil, and that outing might have left a mark on him when struggling and again being pulled up in the Scottish Grand National.

He again failed to cut much ice on his return to action behind Cogry at Cheltenham in the BetVictor Handicap Chase, jumping poorly and pulled up after a blunder three fences from home when already beaten off.

That outing might have been needed, and he could step up for the run which will have sharpened him up; but while he has a question to answer after a trio of pulled-up runs he has slipped to a fair mark just 4lbs higher than when winning this race last year and turning out back at the scene of his biggest win might rekindle a spark.

Defending champion Impulsive Star could bounce back to form back at Warwick.

KIMBERLITE CANDY (7/1, William Hill) found only Walk In The Mill too strong in the recent Becher Chase, and Tom Lacey’s charge can go close with a repeat of that effort with the return to a longer trip no issue.

The Flemensfirth gelding held his form well last term, winning at Ayr and finishing third behind Classic Ben at Sandown before posting a very creditable fifth in the Eider Chase at Newcastle where he went well for a long way but possibly just found the ground too lively and was unable to quicken at the business end where he faded.

He ran poorly back from a short break at Fairyhouse in the Irish Grand National, pulling up on ground again quicker than ideal, but he ran a blinder over the Grand National fences latest when faced with softer ground and every chance he can build on that performance where he should strip fitter for that effort.

He can make the odd mistake which isn’t ideal around this track, but he handles soft ground well and he is a strong stayer so the conditions of this race ought to suit him; but while he does need to find some improvement to defy this career-high mark, he still has scope to improve judging on his recent reappearance at Aintree, and a big run wouldn’t come as a surprise if turning out here.