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Monday 26 June 2017

Geraghty set to strike in Betfair for Nicholls

JP McManus (pictured) also has De Name Escapes Me, trained by Noel Meade and fancied by quite a few Irish punters. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
JP McManus (pictured) also has De Name Escapes Me, trained by Noel Meade and fancied by quite a few Irish punters. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE

Johnny Ward

His pick was rendered easy in the end, it seems, and Barry Geraghty can take the Betfair Hurdle, a £155,000 event at Newbury.

Movewiththetimes lacks experience for this 16-runner handicap but the flip-side is his potential. In particular, the Paul Nicholls-trained steed is interesting on his eye-taking run behind Moon Racer at Cheltenham in November.

On that occasion he was just behind the maiden hurdler Ballyandy, which deserves to be a strong fancy on general form. JP McManus also has De Name Escapes Me, trained by Noel Meade and fancied by quite a few Irish punters.

Geraghty had struggled to pick between the selection and Consul De Thaix, but that one was scratched on Thursday.

The earlier handicap hurdle is a trappy event and Scotchtown is a tentative selection to reverse Warwick form with Tobefair.

Just three go to post in the Denman Chase, which is still a splendid clash between Bristol De Mai and Native River, the Timico Gold Cup second-favourite. Odds of even-money about Native River seem fair enough.

In The Game Spirit, hot Racing Post Arkle favourite Altior steps out of novice company for the first time. On ratings, Fox Norton has his measure, and he seems a better wager at the prices.

ITV4 also broadcasts from Warwick, where the Gordon Elliott-trained Whizzzey Rascal contests the Olbg.com Mares' Hurdle. However, preference is for Jessber's Dream.

The Betway Kingmaker Novices' Chase is an ordinary Grade Two. There is little to split three of them at the weights, but token preference is given to Gino Trail, ridden by Paul Townend.

Vibato Valtat heads the weights in the Racing UK In HD Warwick Castle Handicap Chase. His class can decide this £30,000 heat on a big day for trainer Paul Nicholls.

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