Sixty Something to put up Classic performance with CHRIS WRIGHT Wright Ones.
JAKE GREENALL has seen plenty of classic performances in the biggest staying chase around down the years. Now the son of former Aintree chairman Lord Daresbury can provide one another with Paul Webber's Sixty Something in the Classic Chase (3.35pm) at Warwick.
Greenall is one the up-and-coming jockeys in the weighing room and was a keen observer of the Crabbie's Grand National as he was growing up. He made his debut in the Aintree marathon last April when he fell from the David O'Meara-trained Rose Of the Moon at the 26th fence.
The Classic Chase at Warwick is one of the races on the calendar that can be used as a stepping stone to Aintree.
Whether Sixty Something is a viable contender for the National itself only time will tell. But the nine-year-old looks good enough to score in this afternoon's 3m5f feature at Warwick.
Sixty Something put a couple of disappointing efforts behind him when landing a wide-margin win in a fiverunner contest at Doncaster. What the form amounts to is not certain as one or two rivals fell by the wayside. But he won in great style - jumping and staying well.
He had fell at Exeter and unseated Greenall at Haydock in November. But he had been pretty consistent prior to those mishaps over fences and still has plenty of scope to improve further.
Webber certainly believes he has the ability to be a factor in some of the biggest chases around and was aiming at the Welsh National prior to his Haydock run.
Sixty Something can get the better of the likes of previous winners Rigadin de Beauchene and West End Rocker as well as Oliver Sherwood's Global Power.
Webber is hopeful of a big run. He said: "If all had gone to plan earlier in the season we'd have probably aimed towards the Welsh National, but he fell at Exeter and unseated at Haydock and we ran out of time with him.
"I don't know about the value of the form at Doncaster, but he could do no more than he did and I think he's ready for a step up into a race like this. Hopefully this is the right spot for him and if we get a bucket load of luck, which we haven't had recently, I hope he'll run very well."
At Kempton Warrantor can land the William Hill Lanzarote Hurdle (2.40pm).
Warren Greatrex's six-year-old looks a promising hurdler and has some smart form in novice company as he steps into this competitive handicap.
He looks capable of transferring that form in this and trainer Greatrex is optimistic of a big run.
He said: "He's won his last two and was impressive the last time. He'll get conditions to suit and the step up in trip will suit.
"The ground will be soft and off 135 I thought it could be a fair mark.
"He's progressing nicely. It looks a competitive race but he's got a nice weight. For a novice he's a good jumper and he stays very well."
Greatrex can have an across-the-card double with Shantou Bob in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Warwick.
After wins at Ffos Las and Lingfield, the seven-year-old was beaten just a nose by Vyta Du Roc and Greatrex believes he is the one to beat today. Horse Power agrees.
Others of betting interest are Peter Bowen's Awaywiththegreys in the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (2.25pm) at Warwick and the Philip Hobbs-trained Al Alfa in the William Hill - Bet On The Move Handicap Chase (3.15pm) at Kempton.
WAWAW RWICK12.45pm G'Dai Sydney 1.20pm Upepito 1.55pm Sego Success 2.25pm Awaywiththegreys 3pm Shantou Bob 3.35pm Sixty Something (NAP) 4.05pm Kayf Tiger Kempton.12.25pm Daydreamer 1pm Lost Legend 1.35pm Come On Laurie 2.10pm Balder Succes 2.40pm Warrantor 3.15pm Al Alfa 3.45pm The Green Ogre WETHERBY 12.35pm Adam de Breteau 1.10pm Line D'aois 1.45pm Wordy's Boy 2.15pm Bold Henry 2.50pm Attwaal 3.25pm Free World 3.55pm Miss Burnett LINGFIELD12.20pm Magical Effect 12.55pm The Dream Fast 1.30pm Lujeanie 2.05pm Wrood 2.35pm Big Baz 3.10pm Chicago Bere 3.40pm The Gay Cavalier TOMORROW'S NAP: Until Midnight (Chelmsford City 2.20pm).
Warrantor and Gavin Sheehan | |winning at Chepstow in November and jockey Jake Grennall (inset) DAVID DAVIES