VOSNEE ROMANEE, fourth of five behind Altior in Grade 1 company at Sandown last time, looks the bet now that he returns to a more realistic level in the Wigley Group Carnival Handicap Chase at Warwick on Wednesday (4.25).
The Dr Richard Newland-trained eight-year-old goes best in small fields, recording form figures of 1321112143112P14 (8-16) in fields of seven or fewer runners. Happiest on very fast going, his small-field record from May to September stands at 1321112111 (7-10).
In-form Fergal O’Brien does well with stable switchers (horses he takes over form other yards), scoring with 27 of the 152 qualifiers since 2010 (17.8% strike-rate) for a profit of £50.77 to a £1 level stake at SP (+£104.93 at Betfair SP). The strike-rate improves to 24.4% for those wearing a tongue strap and NEXT LOT is taken to defy an absence when he sports the headgear for the first time in the Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap Hurdle at Southwell tonight (8.15).
Vosnee Romanee – Warwick 4.25 (1.5pts win, 100-30 generally)
Next Lot – Southwell 8.15 (2pts win, 7-2 Bet365)
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