Wednesday Warwick tips – Through the card selections for the day’s feature meeting

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and tips for Wednesday's racecard at Warwick.

Get our Wednesday Warwick tips for every race going to post at the day’s main meeting.

Featuring on Wednesday’s fixture list of UK horse racing meetings is a seven-race card at Warwick which sees some well-known names heading to post throughout the day. Brian Healy has assessed the racecard and gives his Wednesday Warwick tips for every race.

The feature race of the day goes to post at 2.40pm with the ‘Watch RacingTV With Free Trial Now Handicap Hurdle’ where six runners face the starter.

1:00 – Try Racing TV For Free Now Juvenile Hurdle Cl4 (4yo) 2m
1:35 – racingtv.com/freetrial Mares’ “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+) 2m5f
2:10 – Askews Handicap Chase Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 3m1½f
2:40 – Watch RacingTV With Free Trial Now Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 3m2f
3:15 – Schiaparelli Willoughby De Broke Open Hunters’ Chase Cl6 (5yo+) 3m
3:45 – Jumping For Joy With Free RacingTV Handicap Hurdle (Div I) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-110) 2m
4:15 – Jumping For Joy With Free RacingTV Handicap Hurdle (Div II) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-110) 2m

WEDNESDAY WARWICK TIPS – 22 JANUARY

1:00 – BLACKO (2/1, Bet365)
1:35 – IT’S PROBABLY ME (6/5, Bet365)
2:10 – FROM THE HEART (7/2, William Hill)
2:40 – TERRIERMAN (11/4, William Hill)
3:15 – MINELLA ROCCO (6/4, Bet365)
3:45 – THE RAVEN’S RETURN (4/1, William Hill)
4:15 – MAIN FACT (9/4, William Hill)

1:00 Warwick – Try Racing TV For Free Now Juvenile Hurdle Cl4 (4yo) 2m

BLACKO (2/1, Bet365) showed up well in a couple of French hurdle starts for Alain Boisbrunet prior to a switch to Alan King and the Balko gelding made an impressive introduction for his new handler when readily landing a Taunton win last month.

The Balko gelding was a comfortable two lengths’ winner over Zoffee, looking strong at the finish despite racing keenly throughout.

That performance hinted that he could be a smart prospect, and open to considerable further improvement he could be worth siding with here. He can follow up with another win to make it 2-2 for the Barbury Castle maestro.

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BLACKO 2 /1
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Wednesday's Warwick tips feature runners from the Alan King stable.

Alan King can saddle a winner at Warwick on Saturday.

1:35 Warwick – racingtv.com/freetrial Mares’ “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+) 2m5f

IT’S PROBABLY ME (6/5, Bet365) was a first hurdle casualty when unseating her rider on her debut over timber last month. However, given that came in a Haydock Listed company Henry Daly’s charge was obviously regarded enough to be competitive.

The Great Pretender mare was kept to Listed company for her next outing at Taunton where she completed the course in third although beaten around ten lengths behind Marie’s Rock; but she could get off the mark here where her sights are eased for this latest outing.

This looks a decent race however, but she can improve on her last effort and no surprise to see a big effort now.

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IT'S PROBABLY ME 6 /5
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2:10 Warwick – Askews Handicap Chase Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 3m1½f

FROM THE HEART (7/2, William Hill) showed only fair form over hurdles, but the Jeremy gelding has shown up much better in his two starts over the larger obstacles following his hurdles return at Southwell in October.

Philip Hobbs’ charge found only Master Vintage too strong on his first try over fences at Huntingdon in November, but he showed the benefit of the experience to get off the mark at the second attempt with a defeat of Troed Y Melin at Taunton last month when faced with a longer trip.

He showed a tendency to jump left that day, but he found plenty for pressure and could improve again with the further step up in trip unlikely to present an issue raised 7lbs for that last win.

2:10 Warwick – Askews Handicap Chase Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 3m1½f

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FROM THE HEART 7 /2
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2:40 Warwick – Watch RacingTV With Free Trial Now Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 3m2f

TERRIERMAN (11/4, William Hill) has shaped with plenty of promise in all three hurdles starts following his move to Dan Skelton, finishing third on his debut for his new handler at Stratford last October prior to getting off the mark next time at Southwell.

The Getaway gelding beat Mercian Knight on that occasion, appearing to win a shade readily. But while he was unable to replicate the form next time at Doncaster when denied by a half-length by the same rival, he perhaps just found the less testing ground against him.

Back on softer ground here, the longer trip ought to suit and while he probably needs a shade more on the balance of his form switching to a handicap, he could find further improvement and every chance he can go close with Harry Skelton back in the saddle.

2:40 Warwick – Watch RacingTV With Free Trial Now Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 3m2f

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TERRIERMAN 11 /4
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Dan and Harry Skelton can get amongst the winners at Warwick on Wednesday.

Dan and Harry Skelton can get amongst the winners at Warwick on Wednesday.

3:15 Warwick – Schiaparelli Willoughby De Broke Open Hunters’ Chase Cl6 (5yo+) 3m

MINELLA ROCCO (6/4, Bet365) has been out of love with the game for some time now, pulled up in four of his last five starts, with an eighth-place finish last time out behind Militarian his latest completed start.

Jonjo O’Neill’s Shirocco gelding now tries his hand at hunter chasing, and if he were to replicate anything like the form he is capable of then he’d surely be tough to beat in this sphere.

This is considerably easier than anything he’s tackled in his last few starts and he returns from a couple of months off the track where he could well prove a force in this discipline if putting his best foot forward in a much less taxing contest.

The 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up is given the chance to get back on the scoresheet despite question marks hanging over his willingness to put his best foot forward nowadays.

3:15 Warwick – Schiaparelli Willoughby De Broke Open Hunters’ Chase Cl6 (5yo+) 3m

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MINELLA ROCCO 6 /4
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Can Minella Rocco get back on the scoresheet in a Warwick hunter chase?

Minella Rocco can get back on the winning trail switching to hunter chases.

3:45 Warwick – Jumping For Joy With Free RacingTV Handicap Hurdle (Div I) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-110) 2m

THE RAVEN’S RETURN (4/1, William Hill) rounded off last term with a win at Fontwell back in May, beating Officernisi by a wide margin, and Seamus Mullins’ charge took a step back towards that level of form when finding only one too good at Wincanton on Boxing Day.

That was his third run of the current campaign, and following a promising return at Stratford he failed to get competitive next time out at Sandown behind Guardia Top; but he bounced back with a better effort latest where he was beaten seven lengths behind Lightly Squeeze who has gone on to win twice more since.

The Scorpion gelding was almost five lengths clear of the third and the front trio pulled well clear of the remainder. He remains unchanged at the weights for this latest outing where a repeat might be enough to see him go one place better and return to winning ways.

3:45 Warwick – Jumping For Joy With Free RacingTV Handicap Hurdle (Div I) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-110) 2m

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THE RAVEN'S RETURN 4 /1
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4:15 Warwick – Jumping For Joy With Free RacingTV Handicap Hurdle (Div II) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-110) 2m

MAIN FACT (9/4, William Hill) was a capable but inconsistent performer for Dianne Sayer, winning twice for that yard prior to joining David Pipe.

The Blame gelding was absent for 600 days but made a very decent first start for his new handler with a half-length defeat behind Tactical Manoeuvre where he crossed the line in a close third. That form has since been franked with both the winner and runner-up collecting further wins and a 6lbs rise in the weights for that solid reappearance could prove lenient if he can build on the effort.

Given time to recover from those exertions, the front three from that recent return to action had pulled well clear of the rest, and sure to strip fitter now with that run under his belt then he could get back on the winning trail here on his second outing for this yard.

4:15 Warwick – Jumping For Joy With Free RacingTV Handicap Hurdle (Div II) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-110) 2m

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MAIN FACT 9 /4
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WEDNESDAY WARWICK TIPS – 22 JANUARY

1:00 – BLACKO (2/1, Bet365)
1:35 – IT’S PROBABLY ME (6/5, Bet365)
2:10 – FROM THE HEART (7/2, William Hill)
2:40 – TERRIERMAN (11/4, William Hill)
3:15 – MINELLA ROCCO (6/4, Bet365)
3:45 – THE RAVEN’S RETURN (4/1, William Hill)
4:15 – MAIN FACT (9/4, William Hill)

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