Tips and analysis for this weekend’s racing at Warwick and Market Rasen

There is plenty of competitive action for punters to get their teeth stuck into with Warwick headlining the action on ITV Racing on Saturday.

Friday, 15th January 2021, 11:37 am
Action from Warwick Racecourse. Photo: David Davies - Pool / Getty Images

We have previewed all of the action with stats and analysis.

The feature race of the day is the £50,000 Classic Chase (3.00pm) which is staged over an extended three miles and five furlongs. Thirteen horses go to post for the marathon event and they include Notachance, the general 4/1 market leader for Alan King. An impressive winner at Bangor on his reappearance this season, he has only been raised 7lb for that success and looks sure to go well.

Storm Control (11/2) is unbeaten in his last two starts for Kerry Lee and should relish testing conditions having scored twice at Cheltenham this season. A 5lb rise for his latest win makes life tougher, but he remains open to more improvement. Le Breuil (6/1) was quietly fancied for the 2020 renewal of this event, but got too far back in the early stages of the contest and could never land a blow. He is still interesting following wind surgery having finished a good third in the Becher Chase over the Grand National fences last time out.

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Captain Chaos (9/2) is the selection of Betting Expert’s Stephen Harris. However, the 10-year-old must bounce back from three disappointing efforts this term, which included a well-beaten 11th placed finish at Newbury last time out. His mark has dropped to 136 and Dan Skelton’s charge was second in this race last year. A return to form could be just around the corner and it would be folly to write him off.

Others to mention include Late Romantic (8/1) who scored at Haydock in testing conditions last month, Becher Chase hero Walk In The Mill (11/1), who fell in the 2020 running of that race last month and Django Django (10/1) who needs to rejuvenate his form, but is a player on the pick of his best efforts.

Elsewhere at Warwick, the £22,500 Grade Two Ballymore Leamington Novices’ Hurdle (2.25pm) features Adrimel who is unbeaten this term for Tom Lacey and will have to defy a penalty to win this event.

Oscar Elite is unbeaten in two runs for Colin Tizzard with successive wins at Chepstow. He is a danger on ground which is likely to be testing as is Make Me A Believer who produced a smart effort to win at Cheltenham last time out.

Jay Bee Why is a course and distance winner having made an emphatic hurdling debut at the track last year. He is another to note along with Midnight River who scooted to success at Leicester last time.

Despite only attracting three runners, the £24,000 Hampton Novices’ Chase (1.50pm) looks a straight match between Next Destination, who produced a scintillating performance for Paul Nicholls at Newbury in November and Fiddlerontheroof who is chasing a second victory over fences having been beaten at Exeter last time out. Golan Fortune completes the three runners.

Market Rasen also stages an interesting card, which includes Edwardstone looking to get his career back on track as he reverts to hurdles in the 2.05pm. A smart novice hurdler, he unseated-rider on his hurdling debut, but looks more than capable of defying top-weight back over timber for Alan King.

Stephen Harris of Betting Expert’s Saturday ITV selections

1:50 Warwick NEXT DESTINATION

2:05 Market Rasen EDWARDSTONE

2:25 Warwick ADRIMEL

2:40 Market Rasen ON THE BLIND SIDE

3:00 Warwick CAPTAIN CHAOS

3:15 Market Rasen MERRY MISTRESS

3:35 Warwick ESPION

Tips and analysis via Betting Expert