David Massey provides Tuesday's Punting Pointers including two selections for the National Hunt card at Warwick.
1pt win Isthebaropen in 3.20 Warwick at 7/2 (General)
1pt win Vivas in 3.55 Warwick at 10/3 (General)
ISTHEBAROPEN is not only a familiar cry when you’re with Delargy at the races (usually followed up with “I appear to have left my wallet in my other jacket”) but she’s an improving mare that we’ve mentioned (and indeed, been with) more than once over the past year and she’s now starting to look much more like the finished article.
A couple of efforts in Doncaster novice hurdles last year did not go unnoticed by us, and she started off life in handicaps on a very workable mark. A strong traveller that’s won two of her last three, she steps back up in grade after beating Jessica Rabbit (who reopposes her here on 5lb better terms, but she’s hard to win with) at Bangor, merely having to be shaken up to assert herself after the last.
Conditions looks ideal for her to give her running again.
Countister, who looked the main threat on paper, was taken out just as we were going to press, but the 7/2 available still looks a fair price.
Tricky little race, this. Quartz Du Rheu and Haul Away both come here off the back of wins, although in the case of Haul Away it was over hurdles and the return to fences is a slight concern. Cobra De Mai is chucked in on old form on his first start for Caroline Bailey and despite some poor form figures last year, has to be of interest, but if there’s a time to catch VIVAS then it’s probably today, and he looks the bet.
He’s raced at this meeting for the last two years, winning the 2m4f handicap two years ago and then only finding Young Wolf on a going day too good for him in this race last year. His record after a break of
140 days plus reads 21112, Charlie Longsden is among the winners this month and the quicker the ground, the better. He’s 3lb lower than his second last year too, and all the signs point to a good run today.
Bit Of A Quirke loves Beverley like I love cake, with six wins and six places from 18 starts on the Westwood, and we see no reason why he can’t go close again today.
He looked ready to win again when second over C&D two starts ago, only worn down late to be beaten under a length, but threw in a poor one at Chester on his latest start. That was quite a hot race for the grade, though, and maybe he just found this happening a bit too quickly for him. Dropped back in class today, that becomes less of an issue.
He likes to bowl along in front, or near it, and this race contains very little in the way of pace, so there’s every chance he gets his own way up front. If that’s the case, he could be hard to pass.
Published at 0935 BST on 21/09/2021
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