It was great to see racing fans back at Warwick yesterday for another pilot test event as the sport looks to play its part in helping to show that sporting events can be held with some form of crowd. Long term it is vital to get people back on track, especially after the blow of losing three of the four days at Doncaster earlier this month.
Moving on to the racing today, we have a busy day with flat cards at Beverly and Listowel on turf, Newcastle and Lingfield on the all weather plus another days jumping at Warwick.
The 13:45 at Warwick is a 2-mile Novice Hurdle. The second division of the Novice Hurdle looks on paper to my eye to be a much stronger race. Local trainer Olly Murphy runs Grey Spirit, who won last time out. He has to carry the penalty for that win here and I think may just be vulnerable to a few in here giving weight away. The most obvious choice for me to back in the race is going to be Nicky Henderson’s likely favourite Diamond River.
The gelding won a bumper last time out on good ground, having previously finished third on his debut here and then run a promising second at Kempton. Nicky Henderson has been ticking over nicely in the last two weeks with two winners and a second from his last seven runners. You do have to factor in that this will be his first run over hurdles in public, but coming from such a brilliant yard I have no doubt he will have been schooled well ahead of this assignment. Whilst Diamond River will be the selection I will also give a mention to Dan Skelton’s Eyren as being worth keeping an eye on too, his first run over hurdles was poor but there should be more to come from his Mare who has been off for a year.