Wayne Hutchinson: My Classic chance
Wayne Hutchinson is back to look ahead to his weekend rides and he has high hopes in the big race at Warwick.
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I have four rides at Warwick on Saturday starting with Franklino in the novices' handicap hurdle. He has been off the track for over 500 days but schooled well at the start of the week and is in great nick.
I am sure he will come on for the run but he has done plenty of work and he is ready to get back on the track. He had some pieces of decent form as a juvenile and it could be argued that he is quite well in at the weights.
West End Rocker is back over hurdles in the Pertemps Qualifier and we are trying to give him some confidence. He did not enjoy going back to Aintree in the Becher Chase and although it has been a long time since he has run over hurdles, he has schooled well and is in good nick.
He runs off a mark of 135 so has a few pounds in hand on his chase rating and I wouldn't be surprised to see him go well if he gets jumping and enjoys himself.
Godsmejudge goes in the Betfred Classic Chase after he won a beginners' event at Folkestone last time.
He's a novice but Alan (King) doesn't mind that, as he is unexposed and he schooled well on Thursday when I was very happy with him. The race has cut up really from what you might expect and he looks to have a good chance - he is the one I am most looking forward to riding.
Finally, Reddy Tobouggie makes his debut in the closing Betfred Mobile 'Newcomers' Standard Open NH Flat Race for newcomers. I worked him recently, he went nicely and knows his job so his ready to get started.
Looking back on last week's action, Hot Whiskey finished third at Wincanton and ran well although the first two home drew right away. We were very happy with his run as it was a couple of months since his debut and he is a chaser in the making - he will be much better when he sees a fence.
I then dashed off to Chepstow to ride Universal Soldier in the Welsh National but unfortunately had to pull him up. He was never going and was always on the back foot - he is a real old fashion chasing type and lacked the class for the race. I was not happy going out on the second circuit so I looked after him and he runs again on Saturday in the Classic Chase at Warwick.
I rode Leeroar for the first time at Leicester on Wednesday and he built on his fifth place at Newbury. He has a handicap mark of 105 and I told trainer Jo Davis after that he would be better going down that route and is worth watching out for in a novices' handicap over two and half miles.
I was very pleased with Crazy Bold in the handicap hurdle as he can be quite keen but he settled well on this occasion. He finished a good second to Thunderstorm, who looks like he could run up a sequence, and is on a mark he can win off. Tony Carroll's horses are running better now and it should not be long before Crazy Bold gets his head in front.
Ulys Du Charmil was fifth in the handicap hurdle at Ludlow and basically the ground was too soft. He travelled and jumped fine and is one to keep an eye on in the spring when the going dries out.
King Of Dudes won the juvenile hurdle on the same card and it is fair to say he was a fortunate winner after the favourite Bordoni ran out at the second last. The winner is very straightforward and showed a great attitude as he kept finding for me. He's going to be a progressive sort and there is a lot to like about him.