Saturday At Warwick – Four Horses To Note

Analysis of an Exciting Card At Warwick on Saturday

Warwick plays host to a competitive seven-race card this weekend which features a trio of high quality graded contests. Our expert editor has picked out four names to follow on the card which are detailed below. 


Petrol Head (12:40 Start Your RacingTV Free Trial Now Novices’ Handicap Hurdle)

Irish trainer Ronan McNally has enjoyed recent success with the likes of Vee Dancer who was quick to round up a hat-trick of wins on British Soil in December and it looks as if PETROL HEAD might be the next charge to rack up a sequence of wins after the six-year-old returned over hurdles last November with a cosy victory in Handicap company at Fairyhouse. 

Jockey Danny Mullins was reluctant to resort to the whip on that occasion and nursed the six-year-old comfortably into the lead before being nudged out to success over 2m4f. The drop back to 2miles this weekend shouldn’t be an issue and useful 3lb claimer Kevin Brogan takes over the reins and has a perfect 3 from 3 record when riding for the Armagh based trainer. 


Brave Seasca (13:18 Alder Demain & Akers PMS Oxford Edward Courage Cup Handicap Chase)

Sky Pirate will look to win this contest in back to back seasons and will face a much easier task than when finishing third behind the likes of Tingle Creek winner Greaneteen and unbeaten chasing star Shishkin in the Desert Orchid Chase over Christmas. However, he must concede plenty of weight to a couple of improving sorts and it’s BRAVE SEASCA that will look to take advantage after making an immediate impact since going over the larger obstacles. 

Venetia Williams’ progressive charge has recorded two effortless victories in recent starts including over course and distance before following up in taking style at Ascot back in December. A subsequent 9lb rise sees him take on Class 2 company for the first time in his career but the seven-year-old looks to be improving all the time and is fancied to make it three wins from four starts since going chasing. 


Threeunderthrufive (13:50 Wigley Group Hampton Novices’ Chase Grade 2)

Paul Nicholls’ THREEUNDERTHRUFIVE has won 8 of 11 career starts under rules and there was always a reason to believe that this big strapping seven-year-old would be best suited when lining up over fences and that has proven to be the case. 

The only blemish over the larger obstacles was on chasing debut when finishing behind the well-regarded Does He Know at Chepstow in October after putting in a sketchy round of jumping which ultimately cost him from finishing a lot closer than the 5.5l margin of victory. However, Threeunderthrufive has looked in a league of his own in recent starts recording a hat trick of wins in novice company including last time out when sauntering clear of two rivals in Grade 2 company at Doncaster in early December over 3miles. 

Although he might not necessarily have the wow factor of many novices in the division, he is still arguably one of the best British novice chasers seen so far this year. Threeunderthrufive should have little trouble in recording another success at Grade 2 level and a future target for him could be the National Hunt Chase at this year’s Cheltenham Festival.


Alaphilippe (15:35 Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle)

ALAPHILIPPE was a progressive novice hurdler when last seen and after two comfortable victories at Ayr and Sedgefield over 2m4f, Fergal O’Brien’s charge produced a career-best performance when landing Grade 2 honours on penultimate start at Haydock over 3miles by 14l. 

Connections were keen to keep him in Graded company and a fifth-place finish in last seasons Albert Bartlett behind runaway winner Vanillier highlighted him as a horse very much still on the up after that effort in Grade 1 company. 

A mark of 140 looks manageable in the context of those efforts at the highest level last term and despite taking on race-fit rivals, he looks worth supporting as he is likely to improve throughout the rest of the campaign and has previously won fresh after a similar layoff in the past.