Steve Hughes goes jumping at Warwick on Thursday
As autumn develops so we are getting a higher percentage of jumps fixtures each day and both Warwick and Huntingdon stage fixtures on Thursday. The higher quality action seems to be at Warwick which is where I am concentrating on for both selections.
Warwick 3.50: Milord
Autumn is very much Milord’s time of year and I am hoping that catching him fresh from a summer’s break is the best form of attack with Kim Bailey’s 8yo.
Of his five career wins, three came in October, another in the first week of November – the final one coming just last March at Taunton. Part of that record will be down to a slight preference for good going – as it was at Taunton, and despite some overnight rain the ground is fairly sound at Warwick this afternoon.
His three hurdles wins have all come going right-handed, but he has four second places to his name going left-handed, so I don’t think the track should be an issue. He came second first time out last winter so his record fresh is sound and this does not look the strongest race for the grade.
Warwick 4.25: Sego Success
The race of the day can go to the formerly high class Sego Success who showed he was no back number at the end of last season and can take advantage of his slightly reduced handicap mark today.
The 9yo looked likely to take high ranking amongst staying chasers when winning a listed novice contest over this course and distance back in January 2015, but although he won a valuable handicap at Doncaster the following winter, he has never quite delivered what he had promised.
That said a change to more positive tactics on his final start of last season looked likely to pay dividends as he was still going best when toppling over three out. The handicapper has been kind and not raised him for that run and there is every chance he will get an easy lead if similar tactics are tried today.
0.75pts each-way – Milord – 3.50 Warwick – 12/1 general
1pt win – Sego Success – 4.25 Warwick – 9/4 general