Search For A Tipster champion Karl Hedley was in fine form last week with one winner and some big-priced selections finishing in the places
TWO FOR GOLD (1.50 Warwick)
Two For Gold comes here in the form of his life after winning his two most recent starts at Kelso and Carlisle. The progressive seven-year-old has readily adapted to the larger obstacles and comes into this race with an unblemished record over them.
He has proved he is capable of staying this far, so there are no stamina concerns, and David Bass has partnered him in four of his six career wins so far. This son of Gold Well really enjoys some cut in the ground and there will be plenty of soft ground on offer here.
Two For Gold is still only lightly raced and clearly thrives on his racing so he has to be high on any shortlist.
FRODON (2.05 Kempton)
Frodon drops in grade after finding the Betfair Chase too hot for him last time. He was beaten more than two-dozen lengths by Lostintranslation, although in fairness he’d had no previous experience over the three-mile trip. A step back to two and a half miles will certainly see him in a better light and it is worth remembering he is a previous course-and-distance winner.
Having won around here and at Aintree and Musselburgh in the past, it is clear for all to see that he operates better on a flatter track, while Paul Nicholls will be trying desperately hard to win this race named in honour of his stable stalwart Silviniaco Conti.
Bryony Frost knows her mount inside out and it would be of little surprise to see the pair try and make all from the outset.. He is versatile regarding ground conditions, having won on surfaces described as good to soft, good and heavy. Despite having to give weight away to all of his rivals he is the youngest in this line-up and could run the legs off them if in the mood.
DECOR IRLANDAIS (2.25 Warwick)
Decor Irlandais made a winning return to action for Noel Kelly after a four-month absence when he came with a withering late run to beat the useful Mercian Prince. There was a near 20-length gap back to the third, indicating the level of form could turn out to be quite useful.
That trip would have been an absolute minimum for him so it is intriguing that he now steps up to an extended 2m4f, which ought to be more to his liking.
Décor Irlandais is the highest-rated runner in the field, but this is also his toughest race to date. There is undoubtedly more to come from him and he commands respect.
NOTRE PARI (2.40 Kempton)
Notre Pari was a game winner of a 2m4f handicap at Aintree last month and has the profile of a horse who can go on to bigger and brighter things.
Notre Pari is set to receive weight from the likes of Vive Le Roi, Burrows Park and Larkbarrow Lad and he is weighted to reverse last year’s form with Northofthewall. With plenty of scope for improvement, his proven ability to go well on a flat track and the manner and style of his victory last month, he rates as a massive danger to all.
KIMBERLITE CANDY (3.00 Warwick)
Kimberlite Candy ought to appreciate the likely underfoot conditions given he has previously won on soft, heavy and good to soft ground. He put in a fantastic seasonal reappearance when chasing home Walk In The Mill in the Becher Chase at Aintree last month and He should come on for that run as he attempts to record a first career win since November 2018.
Cheek-pieces seemed to work the oracle on him last time out and trainer Tom Lacey has reached for them again. With question marks hovering over so many of his rivals, he looks destined to go well if able to build upon that pipeopener.
KING OF REALMS (3.15 Kempton)
King Of Realms was too keen for his own good in his seasonal reappearance at Ascot in November but is selected in the hope trainer Ian Williams has managed to iron out that quirk.
This horse is suited by flat tracks after winning at Doncaster, Warwick and Ascot. He has winning form on a softer surface and should strip fitter this time around.
King Of Realms may well look to set the pace in this contest and it may well prove to be a classic case of “Catch me if you can”. With his opponents lacking any sort of consistency they may well struggle to keep up with this relentless galloper, particularly if Bryony Frost can keep him sweet and interested during the race.
ONE FOR THE TEAM (3.35 Warwick)
One For The Team may not have won for a little under a year but he clearly has talent. His sole success came on rain softened ground and this looks to be the first real opportunity he has had to race again on it since. Having stepped into handicap company for the first time when last seen at Newbury back in November, he was doing all of his best work at the finish to get within a length of rejuvenated mudlark in Champers On Ice.
Sam Twiston-Davies is an eyecatching jockey booking for this sparingly raced son of Shirocco who receives lumps of weight from all bar two rivals. He is one of the youngest and most progressive types in the race and Nick Williams has his horses in good form.
SATURDAY BEST BETS
TWO FOR GOLD (1.50 Warwick) 4/1 UNIBET
FRODON (2.05 Kempton) 5/2 WILLIAM HILL
DECOR IRLANDAIS (2.25 Warwick) 9/2 LADBROKES
NOTRE PARI (2.40 Kempton) 3/1 WILLIAM HILL
KIMBERLITE CANDY (3.00 Warwick) 5/1 BET365
KING OF REALMS (3.15 Kempton) 8/1 WILLIAM HILL
ONE FOR THE TEAM (3.35 Warwick) 4/1 BET365
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