2.55pm Warwick Tips & Betting Preview 26/09/2017

2.55pm Warwick tips for Tuesday’s Class 4 race. Racing finally returns at Warwick as the National Hunt season draws ever closer, with our first previewed race from the venue being a long distance handicap hurdle. Read on for our free betting tips, predictions and analysis.

IN SUMMARY: A very competitive six runner race can go the way of LORD TOPPER who was second on his latest hurdling start when only a length behind an in-form rival. He clearly didn’t take to fences on his latest start and will be much happier back over timber, only three pounds higher than his previous mark. Paige Fuller takes off five pounds and he should be very tough to beat, with the main danger coming in the form of Premier Rose. She arrives on a hat-trick, but has her stamina to prove at this distance which makes her a risky play at very skinny odds.

1 LORD TOPPER – Lightly raced four-year-old for Jamie Snowden who finished second at Uttoxeter on his latest hurdling start, raised only three pounds. He remains progressive and his latest effort is best ignored as he didn’t take to fences. He’s unexposed at the staying distances and should be tough to beat under five pound claimer Paige Fuller.

2 SHANTOU TIGER – Hasn’t won since October 2016, still four pounds higher than that mark owing to his consistency since. He was second two starts ago before a disappointing run at Worcester, but a smaller field will suit as he’ll try to dominate from the front. Interesting sort who needs respect under a capable seven pound claimer.

3 LEE SIDE LADY – Ran up to her best when narrowly denied at Fontwell two starts ago, pulling up over fences on her latest start when not taking to the discipline. She’s now three pounds higher than her Fontwell mark, however this usually consistent sort should be in the frame with an improved performance.

4 UNION JACK D’YCY – Nine-year-old who is completely exposed in the context of this field, well beaten when last seen in the summer for Deborah Faulkner. He’s well handicapped on the best of his form, but he’s clearly in rapid decline and others are readily preferred as he’s unlikely to be good enough here.

5 GUERRILLA TACTICS – Lightly raced sort for Jeremy Scott who finished fourth in a Novices’ Handicap back in August, not beaten far in the end. He has been below that form over fences since, but should be happier over timber upped in distance. He does have stamina still to prove but is unexposed and one to note for the placings.

6 PREMIER ROSE – Arrives on a hat-trick for Dan Skelton, not needing to improve to win a Newton Abbot Handicap last time out. She’s now seven pounds higher though and has her stamina to prove at this distance which makes her risky, but she’s clearly in great heart and couldn’t be dismissed.

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