Racing: Thursday preview

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Warfare is in fine heart and can make the most of a swift return to action by landing the Bet In Play At Coral Handicap at Wolverhampton.

The six-year-old was bought out of Kevin Ryan’s yard for £10,000 at Doncaster in September after winning three of his 21 starts for the Hambleton trainer, signing off for previous connections with victory at Carlisle in September.

Transferred to the care of Tim Fitzgerald, he made a promising start when beaten into fourth at this track in December before stepping up on that to win at Southwell last week.

Warfare must shoulder a 6lb penalty and given that he was rated as high as 81 at his best, the Soviet Star gelding remains capable of making his mark.

Elhaam slightly missed the break on her most recent outing at Dunstall Park but a sharper start should see her in the mix for the 32Red Fillies’ Handicap.

Blinkers seemed to do the trick for Naval Action as he scored a first victory at Wolverhampton last week and he can make it a rapid double in the Handicap.

He failed to first in five juvenile starts but equipped with the headgear and stepped up to nine and a half furlongs, Sir Mark Prescott’s charge finally got his head in front.

He looks a typical Prescott improved and a penalty might not be enough to derail his challenge.

Ballyhollow had to settle for second when last seen but can go one place better in the Ludlow Racecourse Bookmakers Mares’ Handicap Hurdle at the Shropshire venue.

Place at Listed level in bumper company, she has been place in each of her three hurdles starts to date, most recently when behind Tara Mist at this track last month.

That was an improved effort on her previous Towcester effort as while she was beaten just over three lengths, the third was then 19 lengths behind Ballyhollow.

She looks more than capable of winning off her current perch of 113.

One For The Guv’Nr can step up on his initial effort in the Ludlow For Functions Novices’ Hurdle.

Twice a bumper winner last term, he looked a little in need of the run when chasing home Robinsfirth at Exeter in December, going down a length and a quarter at the line.

The winner had the benefit of a previous run and has since gone on to figure in a decent event at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day, so the form looks pretty sound.

Nicky Henderson will surely be a touch disappointed if One For The Guv’Nr is not in the shake up.

Roll The Dice deserves to get his head in front and his time can come in the His Royal Highness Prince of Wales Challenge Trophy.

Placed on each of his three outings this term, he looks a winner in waiting.

Arthur’s Oak can get off the mark over fences in the “Nothing Runs Like A Deere” Handicap Chase at Market Rasen.

A couple of mistakes have proved costly in two chase runs so far, but he is not without ability and has taken a welcome dip in the ratings.

Thomas Wild is the choice in the Higos Insurance Services Somerset National Handicap Chase at Wincanton.

Tips -

Ludlow: 1.20 One For The Guv’Nr, 1.55 Roll The Dice, 2.25 Ballyhollow, 3.00 Midnight Belle, 3.30 Milestone, 4.00 Guiting Power.

Market Rasen: 1.10 Nashville, 1.45 Spice Fair, 2.15 Make Me A Fortune, 2.50 Arthur’s Oak, 3.20 Shinooki, 3.50 Steel Summit.

Wincanton: 1.30 Chicoria, 2.05 Theatrebar, 2.35 Thomas Wild, 3.10 Barton Rose, 3.40 Quite By Chance, 4.10 Some Plan.

Wolverhampton: 4.25 Play Nicely, 5.00 Elhaam, 5.35 Street Artist, 6.10 Naval Action, 6.40 WARFARE (NAP), 7.10 Zaria.

Double: Warfare and Ballyhollow.