LiveScore Racing Preview: Warwick, December 9, 2021
Jumps racing is back at Warwick on Thursday afternoon, with the Midlands-based track serving up a seven-race card.
The going is described as 'Good To Soft', 'Soft' in places ahead of the meeting.
And we have picked five horses for you to follow.
12.20pm - Agetur (UK) Ltd Juvenile Maiden Hurdle (2m)
Ian Williams' gelding SAINT RIQUIER has come close to a first success over hurdles on his latest two outings, including when he was second of nine runners in a Grade Two event at Cheltenham (2m½f) last month.
A repeat of that performance will make him hard to beat here.
Coolnaugh Haze is an interesting debutant but the former Flat horse does not have experience jumping obstacles, so he is likely to need this run.
LiveScore selection: Saint Riquier
12.50pm - Larkshill Engineering Maiden Hurdle (2m5f)
Dan Skelton has had a lot of success at Warwick and he could be set for another winner in this maiden hurdle as OUR JET is in with an excellent chance.
The five-year-old was less than a length behind the winner when finishing second on his debut under Rules at Aintree (2m4f).
The tongue-tie will be applied for the first time in this race, which should help the horse.
Expect to see the Lodge Hill horse improve, which will probably leave the rest of the field to fight for second place.
LiveScore selection: Our Jet
2pm - Actioncoach Invest In The Best Lady Godiva Mares' Novices' Chase (2m4f, Listed)
LITTLE RIVER BAY has not put a foot wrong over fences this season in her novice campaign.
She prevailed on her debut at Worcester (2m4) and then stepped up in trip to score by eight lengths at Uttoxeter (2m6½f).
This is a step up in class for Phillip Hobbs' mare but she deserves her place and comes into this race with strong claims in her hat-trick attempt.
LiveScore selection: Little River Bay
2.30pm - Champion Compressors Novices' Handicap Chase (2m)
Hurdle winners NAIZAGAI is still a maiden over fences but he is a little unfortunate not to have broken that tag yet.
He was on the wrong side of a photo-finish at Taunton (2m2f) last month, losing out by a head.
Fergal O'Brien's gelding jumped left at times in that latest outing and connections have opted to apply the blinkers here to rectify that.
If the headgear works, it may be enough for him to record that first win over fences from bottom weight in this field.
LiveScore selection: Naizagai
3.30pm - Davis Site Security Open National Hunt Flat Race (2m)
DEAL EM HIGH took a big step forward from a moderate debut to prevail at Newton Abbot (2m1f) on his second career start.
He was fancied to get off the mark and he battled gamely to prevail by just a neck.
That success back in September means he will need to carry a penalty as he bids to follow up with a second straight win.
Kevin Brogan takes off a useful 3lb from his back and he is the one to beat.
LiveScore selection: Deal Em High