Get me out of here shows enough seductive promise
To be swayed by experience or to be seduced by promise? That is the question facing punters in a mind-bending renewal of the Totesport Trophy Hurdle (3.05) at Newbury today. The answer must surely rest with the latter. Any number of improvers litter the field, and there is little by way of established talent to keep them in their place.
Best of the proven crew is Harry Tricker, which split Khyber Kim and recent Champion Hurdle Trial winner Medermit in a similar race at Cheltenham three months ago. But the six-year-old, from the Gary Moore stable that has won the last two editions, was a handicap snip that day. His prospects are limited from a 12lbs higher mark now.
The same applies to Ronaldo des Mottes. This one capitalised on the handicapper's leniency when bolting up at Kempton last time and is now confronted by an 11lb hike in the weights.
In the circumstances, the novices should have it. And none better fits the bill than Get Me Out Of Here, which has been laid out for this by Jonjo O'Neill. He had ante-post favourite Spirit River five lengths behind him when winning over the course and distance last time, yet he re-opposes on 6lbs better terms after Spirit River subsequently obliged at Cheltenham.
What's more, the selection won with greater authority than the bare result implies. Set a lot to do on ground softer than he had previously encountered, the six-year-old quickened impressively for his 3lb claimer. Yes, it is a worry that Get Me Out Of Here is having only his fifth outing in a race where experience is usually a factor. But with Tony McCoy back on board, he looks primed for a huge run from a stable that is bang in form.
Mccoy's proposals won't hinder denman
There is every prospect McCoy will come out to ride Get Me Out Of Here in soaring spirits. It is inconceivable he will be defeated in the previous race, when he is legged aboard Denman for the first time.
Curiously, some pundits believe the McCoy/Denman union may not match matrimonial expectations. Quite why is hard to fathom, since Denman simply starts galloping and produces more when asked by the man on board. The harder he is asked the more he seems to find -- and few do asking like McCoy.
Whatever, it is unlikely Denman will be out of second gear this afternoon. And spare a thought for Denman's regular rider, Ruby Walsh, who will follow him round at a respectful distance aboard Aintree Grand National hope Tricky Trickster.
Walsh should have his own moment to savour when Master Minded reappears from injury in the Game Spirit Chase, yet neither he nor Denman appeal as betting propositions.
DRAGON'S ROOST TO rule over 'time'
Conversely, McCoy's expectations of victory in the concluding bumper aboard Made In Time may run aground. The jockey recommended that Made In Time be bought by his employer, JP McManus, who duly signed the cheque. But the five-year-old will have to be extra special to mix it with Dragon's Roost. This one looked hugely talented on his recent course-and-distance victory and is the day's best bet.
Others of interest at Newbury are Inchidaly Rock, which can better the impetuous Diamond Harry in the Novices' Chase (1.30), and Quinz, which reverts to timber after an unproductive time over fences in the Handicap Hurdle (2.00).
'SAPHIR' can make last chance count
The card at Warwick is framed around two more uncompetitive novices' chases, one of which features the immensely promising Long Run.
Again, however, better value for the punter lies in the handicaps. Saphir des Bois is given one last chance in the Totesport Handicap Chase (3.20), while the concluding Handicap Hurdle (4.30) is so poor that Troubletimestwo will never have a better opportunity to break his duck.