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Warwick best bet: Harry Cobden booking can bring best out of Ashington

There’s a decent jumps card to enjoy at Warwick on Thursday afternoon and this competitive handicap hurdle appears to give several of the 10 starters plenty of cause for optimism.

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Most of that optimism appears to aimed towards the two clear market leaders, Kintail and Pyffo, both of whom line up with decent recent form behind them.

The lightly-raced Kintail kicked off his campaign with a tidy course-distance success here on hurdle debut in November and acquitted himself well at Cheltenham’s December meeting (4th of 11) before a disappointing showing at Lingfield last time out.

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He should return better for his three-month break, but is likely to be challenged hard by Jonjo O’Neill’s Pyffo, who bounced back to form with a cosy novices’ success at Market Rasen 25 days ago, and the six-year-old should relish this return to handicap company.

While they should both be in the mix, their prices leave little room for manoeuvre, and the collective expert eye of Tipstrr’s pundits has gravitated more towards the more appealing value offered by Mark Walford's nine-year-old Ashington

Although winless in 20 outings since the last of his seven career successes in March 2022, that does not tell the full story of a series of consistent showings that have rarely seen him far behind the leading action and have included several near misses along the way.

Suggested best bet: Ashington each-way in the 15:10 at Warwick

He looked back to his competitive best when last seen coming third in heavy ground at Sedgefield in November, and he should now return fresh from his five-month winter break.

Ashington looks well-treated in the weights, while the booking of PlanetSportBet ambassador Harry Cobden looks a significant move for a yard that is turning out horses in decent shape of late. 

Cobden goes to Warwick clinging on to a slender seven-win lead over Sean Bowen in the race for the champion jockey crown, and while others among his six Warwick rides are better supported, he will fancy his chances of bringing the best out of a horse capable of better than his most recent results might suggest.


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