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Friday, 9 March 2018

3.55 Warwick, Sunday, March 11

Allowing for the fact that it takes place on the Sunday before the Cheltenham Festival, the Sloane Helicopters Handicap Chase (3.55) isn’t a bad little heat for the grade and may provide Cyclop with an opportunity to supplement his course win, over 3 miles, a couple of seasons ago.

David Dennis’ 7-year-old recorded his first win since when just holding on from Amiral Collonges in the Lincolnshire National, over 3 miles 3½ furlongs, on Boxing Day and, while his two subsequent efforts – including over 3 miles 5 furlongs at Lingfield last time – have been rather laboured, he still looks reasonably weighted on the pick of his form.

He’s hardly a prolific winner, but all three of his wins in Britain have come of soft, or better, going on sharp tracks and Sean Quinlan, who takes off a useful 5lb, is 1-2 for the yard. Cyclop has plenty going for him, if you look hard enough, and must have a sporting chance of garnering us some ammunition for later in the week. Win or lose, he remains one to keep an eye on! Sorry.

Selection: 3.55 Warwick Cyclop to win   10/1


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