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Warwick Tips - Three horses to back on Monday

  • We take a look through Warwick's rescheduled card on Monday 15th February
  • This meeting was due to take place on Saturday but was postponed due to frozen ground
  • Sky Pirate is our selection in the Kingmaker Novices' Chase
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Sky Pirate has a big chance in the Kingmaker at Warwick on Monday. (Getty)

Having been forced to cancel their meeting on Saturday, Warwick stages their popular Kingmaker card on Monday afternoon. We've taken a closer look at the three feature races at Warick on Monday and picked out our best betting tips.

Warwick Tips - Monday 15th February


Race 1 - Kingmaker Novices' Chase Tips


Sky Pirate2:50pm Warwick Kingmaker Novices' Chase (Grade 2) 2mGET 2/1 HERE
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Allmankind ran out a deserved winner of the Henry VIII Novices' Chase over Christmas. Dan Skelton's charge boasts plenty of strong form here at Warwick, and only has a three-pound penalty to shoulder.

That being said, this confirmed front-runner could have competition for the lead, as both Cheddleton and Sacre Coeur are free-running types who like to lead. This could set the race up perfectly for SKY PIRATE, who been a horse transformed since dropping back to two miles.

Having suffered his tenth defeat over fences in the Paddy Power Gold Cup, Jonjo O'Neill made the strange decision to drop his charge back to the minimum distance. Two bloodless victories have followed, where Sky Pirate has been held off just off the pace before coming with a powerful run after the final flight. Similar tactics could really pay off here, and he could carry winning form into the 2021 Arkle Challenge Trophy.

Race 2 - Warwick Mares' Hurdle Tips


Molly Ollys Wishes3:25pm St Marys Land Warwick Mares' Hurdle (Listed Race) 2m5fGET 15/2 HERE
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French raider, Paul's Saga will bid to enhance her Cheltenham credentials in this Listed contest. While she may be a Grade One winner in her homeland, the favourite has to give six pounds to some dangerous mares and her price looks exceedingly short.

The one I want to side with again is MOLLY OLLYS WISHES. I've backed Dan Skelton's mare the last twice, and she's obliged in good style, winning at Warwick before landing a £10k pot over three miles at Kempton.

The Skelton's have an excellent record around this track, and Molly Ollys Wishes won a novice hurdle over course-and-distance last January. She could give the favourite, and Stayers' Hurdle entrant, a real headache.

Race 3 - Warwick Castle Handicap Chase Tips


Spiritofthegames3:55pm Warwick Castle Handicap Chase (GBB Race) (Class 2) 2m4fGET 15/2 HERE
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Team Skelton plays a very strong hand in this race too, with Oldgrangewood topping the market. I'd rather side with his stablemate SPIRITOFTHEGAMES, who will carry just 11-1 thanks to Lorcan Williams' claimer.

I really fancied Spiritofthegames in the Rowland Meyrick last time out, as I thought he'd really take to three miles. However, a combination of the extra distance and top-weight damped his turn of foot, and he finished a very one-paced fourth.

Dropping back in trip seems like a smart decision. Spiritofthegames have clocked RPRs between 151 and 154 on his last four starts over this trip, and three of those runs have come off higher marks than the 147. I'm expecting him to run well, before potentially returning to the Brown Advisory Plate.

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