Warwick Expert Eye: Four horses to back on Wednesday, November 17

Having a bet at Warwick on Wednesday? Our expert eye piece is well worth a read beforehand and could help you turn a profit.

We've four outright selections and you can scroll down for the reasons behind them, or just click on the horse's names below to go to straight to Planet Sport Bet and place your bets.


Hartur D'Oudairies (12.00 Warwick)

Fontaine Collonges (12.30 Warwick)

Edwardstone (13.40 Warwick)

Potters Legend (14.50 Warwick)

Course characteristics

Left-handed, sharp by virtue of the sharp bends, about 1m6f. The five fences that come in quick succession down the back straight place an emphasis on quick and accurate jumping. Front runners / those ridden prominently tend to do well.

Top trainers with runners

Anything that Dan Skelton runs here has to be respected given the Alcester handler's five-year record of 54-224 (24%), and he has five chances this afternoon: Hartur D'Oudairies (12.00), Global Harmony (12.30), West Balboa (13.05), Stepney Causeway (13.40) and Knotty Ash (14.15).

Trainer Dan Skelton has an excellent record at Warwick

Nicky Henderson and Alan King, on 29 winners apiece over the same period, are other trainers to note here.

Top jockeys with rides

Harry Skelton's 54 runners here over the last five seasons have come at a very respectable strike rate of 24%, and he has a strong book of rides this afternoon: he's on four of his brother's runners - with the exception of Knotty Ash - and picks up a useful spare on Vintage Clouds (14.50),

Aidan Coleman is 18-101 (18%) in the same period and he has three chances: Let's Have Another (12.00), Queens River (13.05) and Blazer's Mill (14.40).

12.00 Warwick - Hartur D'Oudairies

Dan Skelton's French import faces 14 rivals on his British debut and on his first start for almost a year, but he looks well up to the task.

The son of Kapgarde was an easy winner on his debut at Le Mans last November and the third, Happy Du Mesnil, did his bit to boost the form when finishing a close third of the 24 runners at Punchestown earlier this month.

He now runs in the iconic green and gold hooped colours of JP McManus, whose Irish point winner Queens River is odds-on for the mares' novices' hurdle run later on the card, and he can initiate a double for the owner.

Robelli, whose bumper success at Lingfield in January received a timely boost when the second, Datsalrightgino, won at Fontwell on Sunday, looks the chief threat.

A mention must also go to Olly Murphy's Let's Have Another, who is jointly owned by the trainer's father and Harry Redknapp, and is making his hurdling debut in a race sponsored by the stable.

12.30 Warwick - Fontaine Collonges

The Venetia Williams-trained six-year-old let down favourite backers on her return to action at Wetherby last month, but that was still an encouraging start to her chasing career.

Jumping adequately on that occasion, she appeared to find the 2m trip against her and having been outpaced halfway up the straight, was noted rallying late on to finish fourth.

Her dam is a sister to Grand National winner Neptune Collonges, so today's extra four furlongs which will place a greater emphasis on stamina should see her in a much better light, and she's surely better than her current handicap mark of 115.

She might have most to fear from recent Fakenham runner-up Precious Eleanor, who represents the in-form Henry Daly, while Roseisaroseisarose is lurking at the bottom of the weights, albeit she remains a maiden after 16 starts.

13.40 Warwick - Edwardstone

For Pleasure was still leading when departing four out in a classy but dramatic novice chase at the last meeting here, but Edwardstone, who was tracking him at the time and travelling by far the best when brought down, looks the one to be on today.

Alan King's seven-year-old progressed well over hurdles last season, with his fifth in the County hurdle in March his most notable effort in that sphere, and he had reportedly schooled well over fences at home prior to that unlucky debut effort.

The son of Kayf Tara, who split Chantry House and Shan Blue when finishing second in a bumper here in the 2018-19 season, certainly has the size to make up into a decent chaser and he looks well worth another chance this afternoon.

Dan Skelton's Stepney Causeway, who is receipt of the four-year-old allowance on his chase debut, could give the selection most to do if taking to the bigger obstacles.

14.50 Warwick - Potters Legend

This Veterans' Handicap Chase over 3m is the most valuable on the card and it has attracted a strong field, headed by evergreen 13-year-old Regal Encore.

He does seen to save his best for Ascot, however, and Potters Legend, who is in receipt of almost a stone, is taken to repeat his success of 12 months ago when landing a gamble.

The now 11-year-old held his form well after beating Theatre Guide in comfortable fashion here, including when chasing home Royal Pigaille in the Grade 2 Peter Marsh, and he was a very easy winner of another veterans' chase at Fakenham in March off just a 2lb lower mark.

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Clearly age is proving no obstacle for him, so far at least, and it's doubtful his trainer Lucy Wadham, who is here with one horse, with have left him short of fitness for his repeat bid.

This year's renewal does look a shade tougher and Sue Smith's Vintage Clouds, who provides Harry Skelton with a rare ride for the stable, and consistent sort Sir Ivan are not dismissed lightly. The ground might not be soft enough for mudlark Final Nudge.

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