Wednesday’s race of the day – Preview and tips for the feature Novices’ Chase at Warwick

Jon Vine takes a look through the field set to contest the Class Three Novices’ Chase at Warwick on Wednesday and highlights the horse he thinks will come out on top in Wednesday’s race of the day.

Only five runners feature in the final field, but there are one or two potentially very smart entrants in the Novices’ Chase at 2:10pm on Wednesday and attendees at Warwick can look forward to a thrilling contest. I’ve taken a look at each of the runners and picked out which of the runners I will be siding with.

Wednesday’s Race Of The Day at Warwick

Geneva Barracks

Formerly trained by Martin Brassill in Ireland and makes first start for Sarah-Jayne Davies on Wednesday. Won once of three starts in handicap hurdles last season, scoring in an average race at Naas. Rated 20 pounds less than three of his rivals over hurdles. Clearly has his work cut out.

Lisp

Ran mainly in high-quality handicap hurdles last season and, much to his credit, kept on improving. Finished second behind Global Citizen and Mohaayed in big televised races during the autumn and managed to place fifth in the County Hurdle at the Festival. Related to former Greatwood winner Nietzsche, who won twice over fences during the summer and Lisp won’t mind softer ground at all.

Mister Fisher winning at Ascot last season.

Mister Fisher

Showed plenty of promise during novice hurdles campaign, winning a hot race at Ascot before scoring in the Rossington Main Hurdle at Haydock. Was a little outclassed in the Supreme at Cheltenham and found 11-9 too much to cope with on final start in the Swinton Handicap. Jeremy isn’t known for producing chasers and Mister Fisher might prefer better ground, but he has to be respected massively.

Not That Fuisse

Ended last season with a fall in the Martin Pipe, but still enjoyed fruitful campaign in handicap hurdles. Has already appeared twice over fences this term, finishing a close second to Erik Le Rouge over two-and-a-half mile at Uttoxeter before a fine second at Cheltenham, where he split Al Dancer and Getaway Trump. Rallied well the last day after making a few errors and chasing experience could work in his favour.

Torpillo

Thrived beating up lesser rivals on first two starts last term, before being found-out in with better quality rivals. Carried top-weight to victory on his reappearance in a handicap hurdle this season, before a limp display behind Quel Destin at Cheltenham, on heavy ground which should have suited. Gains weight from older rivals as he makes his chasing debut and looked to have the size and scope to be an effective novice chaser.

Verdict

This is a really tough puzzle to try and solve. Barring Geneva Barracks, the other four look tightly matched and any of them are capable of winning. I’ve long admired Lisp’s consistency and I think he’ll shape up into a useful novice chaser. On this occasion though, I’d rather side with NOT THAT FUISSE (9/2 Unibet), who comes into this on the back of a cracking effort at Cheltenham and could claim victory on his third appearance over fences. At the odds, he certainly makes the most appealing case.