Symonds: 'Belle will be well suited by any rain' RACE IN FOCUS.
3.25 Warwick Local Parking Security Ltd Handicap Chase 2m41/2f RUK Card page 32 THREE jumps meetings on the third day of the Flat turf season is incongruous but the usual Monday mundanity has been avoided by a jewel of a PS25,000 Class 2 handicap chase.
Cheltenham Festival runner No Buts bids to make it third time lucky at the Midlands track - he has finished second and third at the course - but will need to start sharper than he did last time.
Jonjo O'Neill needs five more winners for his seasonal century and runs Foundation Man, who was last seen pulling up in the Grand Sefton Chase over the Aintree National fences in December.
Winning team Tom Scudamore is aboard No Buts and will be having his 200th ride for David Bridgwater in the last five seasons - the pair have teamed up for 43 winners in that time and have a level-stake profit of PS55.79. The partnership has a 27 per cent strike rate this season.
Horses for courses Midnight Belle won on her only previous visit to the track.
Not his best track David Bridgwater has saddled five winners from 19 runners this month as he seeks to extend an already personal best of 32 this season. However, he has not sent out a winner at the track from five runners this year and has only one victory in 29 attempts in the last five seasons.
VVWHAT they say Sue Smith, trainer of Mwaleshi It's the story of his season that he races off top weight and he's only a tiny little horse. Jonathan [England] is taking 3lb off and knows him well. He doesn't mind softer ground.
Charlie Mann, trainer of Seventh Sky He's better going left-handed and is thriving on his racing - this will be his 15th run of the season. He wants ground on the softer side.
David Bridgwater, trainer of No Buts He missed the start at Cheltenham and ran exceptionally well without troubling the judge. He's in good form and the softer ground won't bother him.
Tom Symonds, trainer of Midnight Belle The wetter the better for her so any more rain will help her cause, although she ran well at Newbury on drying ground. She's beaten the boys before but has suffered with the handicapper for that success. The track will suit.
Venetia Williams, trainer of Drumshambo We've been thinking about putting blinkers on him for a while and hopefully they will sharpen him up as he's also dropping back to two and a half miles.
David Bridgwater: happy with No Buts since last run