A Dream bet at Warwick

  • By: Anita Chambers
  • Last Updated: January 23 2014, 17:23 GMT

Donald McCain's Dreams Of Milan is Anita Chambers' nap selection for Thursday's action. She has a tip for every UK and Irish race.

Donald McCain: Sends Dreams Of Milan to Warwick on Thursday
Donald McCain: Sends Dreams Of Milan to Warwick on Thursday

FAKENHAM: 1.00 Carn Rock, 1.30 Calaf, 2.00 Landenstown Pearl, 2.30 Presented, 3.00 Earth Amber, 3.30 Cruising Bye, 4.00 Lilac Belle.

GOWRAN: 1.15 Noble Inn, 1.45 Cookie Con, 2.15 Zaidpour, 2.45 Federici, 3.15 Los Amigos, 3.45 Grove Field, 4.15 Black Hercules.

KEMPTON: 4.30 Fearless Lad, 5.00 Salford Prince, 5.30 Avondream, 6.00 Luckster, 6.30 Leitrim Pass, 7.00 Lexi's Hero, 7.30 Spray Tan, 8.00 Parisian Pyramid.

SOUTHWELL: 1.10 Abi Scarlet, 1.40 Chatalong, 2.10 Sir Geoffrey, 2.40 Aqua Ardens, 3.10 Slinky McVelvet, 3.40 Diamondsinthesky, 4.10 Shirazz.

WARWICK: 1.20 Mahican, 1.50 My Boy Paddy, 2.20 Time To Think, 2.50 DREAMS OF MILAN (NAP), 3.20 Persian Snow, 3.50 Little Legend, 4.20 Surging Seas.

DOUBLE: Dreams Of Milan and Slinky McVelvet.

Dreams Of Milan did not exactly cover himself in glory on Boxing Day but he can make amends as he reverts to hurdles at Warwick on Thursday.

Donald McCain's charge appeared likely to really make his mark over fences having won a point-to-point before embarking upon his career under Rules.

His promise was underlined by two hurdle wins last season and he was duly sent off favourite on his chasing bow at Wetherby last month.

However, Dreams Of Milan appeared to be caught for toe at a crucial stage and a jumping error in the closing stages hardly helped his chances as he finished an eight-length second.

His jumping again let him down at Market Rasen last time, when he set out to make all only to fall at the third fence.

McCain clearly feels there is little to be gained by going over fences again this time and the fact he switches to the smaller obstacles for the John Malone Godfather of Mortgages Retirement Handicap Hurdle should be noted.

Mahican made a good start to his National Hunt career with victory over this course and distance in December and he can follow up in the racinguk.com Juvenile Hurdle.

Twice a winner on the level for Mark Johnston, Mahican demonstrated an excellent attitude when outbattling Mandy's Boy to win by a length.

He was headed that day but fought back well and given he is only lightly raced so far, there could still be plenty more to come for trainer John Ferguson.

Earth Amber is one to keep a close eye on in the Beetley Mares' Maiden Hurdle at Fakenham as she continues her transition off the Flat.

The former French-trained mare was Listed placed on her British bow last April but could not really build on that in two subsequent starts, concluding with a lacklustre run in the Cesarewitch.

She shaped much better over obstacles at Southwell earlier this month, though, finishing a creditable second on what would have been the most testing ground she had encountered.

Earth Amber was running in a novice event that day but Nicky Henderson's decision to switch to a mares' only event should pay dividends.

Cruising Bye put up a gutsy performance to win at Ffos Las last time and can go in again in the East Bilney Handicap Chase.

Peter Bowen's charge is certainly no star but he did well to grab the glory from Saroque and the handicapper might not yet have his full grip on this one.

Slinky McVelvet can bring up her third win on the bounce at Southwell as she tackles the 32Red Handicap.

The three-year-old seems to have found her niche on the Fibresand track, winning in claiming company before defying a 12lb rise to follow up again in a handicap.

The fact she had previously run largely in claimers perhaps disguised her ability a little, but there was no arguing with her 18-length verdict in a claimer back in December before making a successful switch to handicap level.

While she won by a much more moderate length and a half at this track earlier in the month, she impressed in defying her ratings hike and looked as the extra 5lb she is saddled with here would provide little trouble.

This is another little step up but hardly the most competitive heat, and her liking for the track must stand Slinky McVelvet in good stead.

Aqua Ardens can snap his recent run of seconds in the Ladbrokes Handicap.

George Baker's runner finished a neck behind Noble Citizen at the track last week and with that one going in again since, the form looks pretty strong.

He remains on the same mark of 74 for this event and it appears to be a workable perch at present.

Lexi's Hero struck gold at Wolverhampton the other week and the Cheltenham 2014 NRFB At BetVictor.com Handicap at Kempton provides another excellent opportunity.

Richard Fahey's charge has been in fine form this winter, claiming three second places before eventually seeing off Light From Mars by a head after dictating the pace throughout.

A 4lb rise is not too harsh and while more is required, Lexi's Hero should carry plenty of confidence into the race.

Leitrim Pass finished a close-up third on his most recent outing and could take some beating in the BetVictor Non-Runner Free Bet Cheltenham 2014 Handicap.

The four-year-old was given a lengthy break after disappointing at Pontefract last August, returning with a satisfactory eighth on New Year's Eve before turning out again at Kempton last week.

Beaten just half a length and a neck, William Haggas is clearly keen to capitalise on his charge's current mark and Leitrim Pass looks one who can continue to rise to the challenge.

  • Posted at 1350 GMT on 22/01/2014.