Warwick Saturday

Good morning all,

Warwick will be my port of call today, and I'm pleased it has passed the early inspection. Nothing worse than hanging around waiting for another 10am one, it means I can now plan the morning properly!

Fair to say the cold weather gear will be out, though. My thoughts on today's card are on the main piece.

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Oh, What An Atmosphere!

I’ve recently heard a couple of podcasts that have touched upon the subject of atmosphere at racecourses, the subject brought about after the boisterous New Years Eve crowd at Uttoxeter could be heard if you were watching on Sky Sports Racing. We’re frequently told that interaction between racegoers and racecourses is improving, and crowds are still strong, but is this really the case? As someone that goes racing, probably too much for his own good if last month’s petrol bill is anything to go by, I thought I’d offer you my opinions.

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Path To Cheltenham and Catterick Selection

Morning all,

I have had a few issue this morning. The article I was working on last evening hasn't saved so I have had to hastily rewrite this morning.

Inside today’s main piece I’m once again looking ahead to March and the Cheltenham Festival. There’s another free ante post selection. Plus, I have a selection from this afternoon’s meeting at Catterick.  

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Weekend Preview and Leicester Selection

Morning all,

It’s that time in the week when I start to look ahead to the weekend action. There’s plenty of it on Saturday. Warwick’ seven race card features three Graded races the Grade 3 Classic Handicap Chase (3:00), the Grade 2 Hampton Novices' Chase (1:50) and the Grade 2 Ballymore Leamington Novices Hurdle (2:25)

Meanwhile at Kempton's its Lanzarote Hurdle Day. The Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle (2:40) has new sponsors in the shape of Coral. This means the race is now worth £56,950 to the winner. Coral also sponsor the Grade 2 Silviniaco Conti Chase (2:05). Although I suspect they will be a shade disappointed that the latter race has only attracted a field of seven. Especially as the new sponsors have increased the prize money to £80,000.

The ITV cameras are covering five races from Warwick and four from Kempton as part of a nine-race programme.

Inside today’s main piece I assess some of the contenders for the Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle at Kempton and Warwick Classic Chase. Plus, there is a selection from today’s card at Leicester.

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