Top PicksKempton Park and Warwick host the feature jumps action for the second Saturday of 2018 and we've picked out a Dark Horse to look out for in all 7 races set to be shown on ITV Racing...

Saturday ITV Racing at Warwick

13:50: The Hampton Novices' Steeple Chase (Listed Race)

DARK HORSE BIG RIVER Best Odds: 9/2

Pulled up with an irregular heartbeat last time out. Hopefully that’s behind him now. He could be very exciting if resuming racing in good nick.

14:25: The Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Race (Series Qualifier)

DARK HORSE BLACK IVORY Best Odds: 5/1

Interesting 6yo who looks to be progressing for trainer Malcolm Jefferson. 6lb up in the handicap since Aintree win but open to more progress and should be thereabouts.

15:00: The Leamington Novices' Hurdle Race (Grade 2)

DARK HORSE MR WHIPPED Best Odds: 13/8

Nicky Henderson’s horses are really starting to pick up the pace now, particularly the younger hurdlers and one of the more exciting ones is this 5yo Beneficial gelding, hailing from the Irish point scene and a winner of his two starts over hurdle so far. He could be anything.

15:35: The Betfred Classic Handicap Steeple Chase (Grade 3)

DARK HORSE MISSED APPROACH Best Odds: 6/1

Doesn’t arrive in the best of form but is well thought of and certainly talented on his day. You could call him the class horse in the race. Carries top weight in a competitive and demanding race, but if he takes to it under Gavin Sheehan, the 8yo is dangerously on a mark of 139.

ITV Racing at Kempton Park

14:05: The 32Red Casino Steeple Chase (Listed Race)

DARK HORSE WAITING PATIENTLY Best Odds: 7/4

Hardly a Dark Horse in terms of price and form figures, but very much of that description in terms of the potential to be a top class horse. With the likes of God's Own, Smad Place and Josses Hill to fend off, this is a thorough examination of his credentials.

14:40: The 32Red Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle Race (Listed Race)

DARK HORSE BAGS GROOVE Best Odds: 14/1

Highly regard and getting the hang of things this season, winning his last two starts. There could be more to come and he’s a decent price under top pilot Noel Fehily.

15:15: The 32Red.Com Handicap Steeple Chase (0-150)

DARK HORSE MORNING REGGIE Best Odds: 25/1

Fountains Windfall is the obvious one here, but if you ignore a very poor run from Morning Reggie the last day, he doesn’t have bad form and gets a stone and rising all round here.


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