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Many reasons to back King warrior at Newbury

Manyriverstocross is a confident selection for tomorrow's totesport Trophy Hurdle at Newbury.

Despite the ferociously competitive nature of this prestigious handicap, Alan King's warrior stands out in blinding Technicolor.

A general prerequisite to win this gambling blitzkrieg is to seek out an animal blessed with noteworthy archived form on the Flat.

Reassuringly for his supporters, King's five-year-old certainly ticks that particular box.

Although rock-solid on the level, Manyriverstocross' future was seemingly always going to lay over hurdles.

Indeed, the change of career has proved a worthwhile exercise as the Cape Cross gelding has already won two decent races, including a Grade Two at Sandown, from four starts.

Many observers will point to his no-show in the Grade One Challow here in December as being a major negative for this weekend's assignment.

And while his seventh behind Reve De Sivola was disappointing, jockey Wayne Hutchinson reported afterwards that his mount simply failed to settle from the outset.

Perhaps crucially, though, a mark of 135 strikes as being particularly appealing for a novice who looks still to have reservoirs of improvement left in him.

Robert Thornton's return to the plate after a lightning-fast recovery from injury adds further resonance to the chances of Manyriverstocross.

Master Minded and Denman look certain to play star-spangled roles in Berkshire, but King's charge could well emerge the punters' saviour.

For each-way thieves hunting out the value in the extended two-mile cavalry charge, Any Given Day looks scandalously over-priced.

Another decent Flat recruit from out of David Simcock's yard, he has more class than his current odds of around 25/1 may suggest.

Long Run will, of course, be considerably shorter in price for the totesport.com Kingmaker Novices' Chase at Warwick.

Nor indeed should the prospect of Everymanforhimself acquitting himself manfully at Lingfield in the shorter trip of the Super 7 Conditions Stakes will be even more conducive to bold show.

Marjury Daw should also come into her own at Wolverhampton in division two of the CE Property Services Group Amateur Riders' Handicap.


AYR: 1.40 Glenwood Knight, 2.10 Eyre Square, 2.40 Skippers Brig, 3.15 Justtheoneforyou, 3.50 Time Out, 4.25 Le Roi Rouge, 4.55 Hey Charlie

GOWRAN PARK: 1.35 Chasing Cars, 2.05 Chiraaz, 2.35 Glenfinn Captain, 3.10 Muirhead, 3.45 Ambitious Fan, 4.20 Ballyvoile, 4.50 Five Jembs

LINGFIELD: 1.25 Egorr Redfeer, 1.55 Tuscan King, 2.25 Incomparable, 3.00 Full Toss, 3.30 Everymanforhimself, 4.05 Ajjaadd, 4.40 Jezza

NEWBURY: 1.30 Diamond Harry, 2.00 Alfie Sherrin, 2.30 Denman, 3.05 MANYRIVERSTOCROSS (NAP), 3.40 Master Minded, 4.15 Oscar Whisky, 4.45 Made In Time

WARWICK: 1.45 Mobaasher, 2.15 Long Run, 2.50 Oscar Prairie, 3.20 Heathcote, 3.55 Daring Origyn, 4.30 Troubletimestwo

WOLVERHAMPTON: 6.20 Barodine, 6.50 Marjury Daw, 7.20 Clayton Flick, 7.50 Toolentidhaar, 8.20 Fazbee, 8.50 Myplacelater, 9.20 Kames Park

DOUBLE: Manyriverstocross and Long Run