Architect Tips has selected five tips for today's racing with two running at Warwick, two at Listowel and one at Leicester.
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A lot of these are useful when on song but are far from reliable sources and preference is for the likeable PINK EYED PEDRO (best price 10-3), who could be the answer to the MansionBet's Faller Insurance Handicap Chase.
This ten-year-old was unfortunate to not walk away with victory at Newton Abbot back in May when going well until taking an exit at the second last. His ability to put that firmly behind him and get back on track was in evidence when an excellent keeping-on fourth of 18 in the Clarke Chase next time before posting another cracking effort when third in the Grade 3 Betway Summer Plate Handicap Chase. His second at Worcester was another fine display when bumping into an improving youngster, aged three years his junior, and he performed better than the bare result in first-time cheekpieces when second at Cartmel having travelled powerfully throughout. He finds himself a pound lower here and this strong-travelling, consistent chaser should go close to opening his account for the season after conducting a sequence of top-class performances in defeat this past year against higher-rated opponents.
NOMADIC EMPIRE (best price 7-2) has had no luck whatsoever in-running the last two times but given he’s capable of high-class form and with trouble-in-running unlikely to be an issue in this small field, he's fancied to capitalise on this drop in grade in the hands of William Buick, who is an interesting jockey booking.
His half-a-length second to Winter Power in a listed event at Ayr, where he attempted to give her four-pounds in weight, is the clear strongest form on display. The winner boosted the form by winning a Group 1 at the same meeting at York and his form looks just about the strongest form on display on a line through his earlier seasonal efforts behind Bedford Flyer and Winter Power. He looks pretty well-handicapped on all that evidence now dropping into this grade against an exposed bunch, who have nowhere near the form he has in the locker and he looks the one to beat in a field where quite a few of his rivals have question marks against them.
HOWLING MILAN (best price 7-2) produced a sterling effort to finish a clear second in the Betfair Weighed-In Podcast Weekly Handicap Hurdle at Newbury, a race that is two grades higher than the one he will compete in here back in February, and he makes plenty of each-way appeal with Liam Harrison claiming a valuable five-pounds.
He’s evidently been well-below his best since that cracking effort in defeat, but was sent off a warm-favourite on both occasions in better races than this one and finds himself practically competing in this event from a five-pound lower mark than when runner-up at Newbury when you take Liam Harrison’s claim into consideration. If he can recapture anything like that Newbury form in this easier grade, this seven-year-old’s proven stamina could draw the sting from these rivals.
An excellent turn out for this beginners’ chase and, of those towards the head of betting, I really like the Willie Mullins-trained BLEU BERRY (best price 11-8).
A formerly classy hurdler, who won the 2018 Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival, he made a promising start in this sphere when a strong-travelling third at Galway, where he jumped and travelled very well for a long way before his stamina reached the limit over the 2m6f distance. It’s interesting to see him drop back to this trip and it could be what he wants as he’s a horse with loads of pace who often travels powerfully so he seemingly has an ideal set-up here. Birchdale is sure to be popular but his third at Worcester last time has worked out poorly, therefore, this ten-year-old who is late to chasing scenario, could be too good for these.
I will also be backing chasing debutant - MAX FLAMINGO (best price 25-1), each-way, who has been fantastic form over the smaller obstacles of late and appeals as the type to do even better in this discipline.
This six-year-old won back-to-back big-field handicaps earlier in the season before running well to finish an excellent fourth of 25 in the Conway Piling Handicap Hurdle when last spotted. He’ll probably be seen over further in due course but with loads of pace likely to be in order here, his hold-up style of racing may suit this event now tackling a shorter trip than usual as his confirmed stamina and late finishing surge might come into play. An interesting seven-pound claimer has been booked to ride and he rates a fascinating contender of those at bigger prices as his odds seem inflated on the form available.