It isn’t a vintage renewal of the Betfred Classic Chase at Warwick this afternoon with fourteen runners going to post.
With the lack in depth we want to be on the jolly for Warren Greatrix who has that touch of class.
MISSED APPROACH ran better than the bare form in the Ladbrokes Trophy where he weakened from two out when upsides the eventual 1-2 in Total Recall and Whisper. The handicapper has arguably been pretty lenient in dropping him six pounds to a mark of 139, and although he carries top weight, it is an extremely compressed handicap.
Having run off 148 in the Scottish Grand National as a novice, he is potentially on a very good mark and its to forget that this is just his eight chase start and his second of the season so will be plenty fresh. He handles any going and he stayed the four mile trip in the National Hunt Chase when finishing second to Tiger Roll at Cheltenham.
It is fairly wide open otherwise in this race and one that could run back to form is GOODTOKNOW for Kerry Lee, who runs three in this.
Goodtoknow was second in this race last season to Grand National winner One For Arthur off a two pounds lower mark, and ran pretty well for two and a half miles before being pulled up in the Becher Chase at Aintree last time out.
It subsequently transpired that Goodtoknow was carrying a foot infection in that race and having unseated at the second on his seasonal reappearance at Wincanton, he has hardly had a fair crack this season. He has been dropped four pounds as a result which makes his task easier.
We know he likes this race and has conditions to suit so it would be no surprise to see this ten-year-old go well at a bigger price with presumably him needing a good run to get into the Grand National – having finished 13/40 in 2017 – again this year.
Also the yards number one jockey takes the ride here with Jamie Moore preferring over Krackatoa King and Russe Blanc.
1pt win Missed Approach @6/1, 15:35 Saturday, Warwick
0.75pts each-way Goodtoknow @12/1, 15:35 Saturday, Warwick (1,2,3,4 places,1/5 odds generally available)