14/1 Flying a Classic contender

  • By: Ben Linfoot
  • Last Updated: January 11 2013, 15:16 GMT

Ben Linfoot seeks out the value from Saturday's action at Kempton and Warwick.

Aidan Coleman: Should get a decent ride on Flying Award

Pete The Feat has been a revelation this season, rising 40lb from a campaign-opening mark of 94 to the 134 he's now rated ahead of the Betfred Classic Chase.

It's not quite Hunt Ball territory, yet, but it's an impressive run and he deserves the utmost respect ahead of Warwick's flagship contest.

As big as 4/1 favourite, that could still be a price with juice in it as many of his rivals don't seem to be quite at the top of their game where as he undoubtedly is.

However, I will be taking him on purely because he raced a tad keenly last time and over the 3m5f trip here, a distance which is unknown territory for him, he may well need to settle better if he's to get home.

He should go well from a prominent position but it wouldn't surprise me if a hold-up horse with bags of stamina halted his losing run and I'll be placing my faith in FLYING AWARD at 14/1.

He's trained by Susan Gardner, and the fact he's not with one of the bigger stables might help to explain his price as on current form he deserves to be shorter.

He's won three of his five starts over fences, including his last two, with the trainer's daughter Lucy doing a fine job on him at Exeter last time when he crept into the race to land the spoils.

Aidan Coleman takes the reins on Saturday and I fancy Flying Award to give him a good spin around Warwick as the trip should suit given his winning performance over a furlong further at Bangor two starts back.

His improvement this season has come in the soft ground that has been a fixture around the country this winter and from bottom weight I think he's the one to be on.

In the William Hill Lanzarote Hurdle the value could lie towards the top of the market as it's very hard to make a case for any of the outsiders.

The bookies make Bears Affair and BLACK THUNDER the top two in the betting - it's hard to disagree with that - and I prefer the latter who ran very well last time at Haydock, just failing to reel in Yesyoucan over 2m4f.

Over a furlong further here he can make a bold bid with Harry Derham's 5lb claim essentially making him just 1lb higher than his last run.

Never out of the first three in his five starts over timber, he's improving with every run and if he does here with the extra furlong in his favour he's going to be in the mix in the closing stages.

With that in mind the 6/1 seems very fair, especially considering main market rivals Bear's Affair and Loose Chips both have 12lb hikes to deal with.


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