Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Double Handful

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Double Handful

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Byline: John Shaw's racing betting column in association with

IT MIGHT only be a Grade 3 but the Classic Chase is the highlight of the year at Warwick and in 2017 was won by One For Arthur, who went on to land the Grand National.

I was sorely tempted to back last year's winner Milansbar because his performances over the last 12 months have been the hallmark of consistency.

GAMBLING WISDOM "I feel as a horse After success in this race last year, he registered a highly credible fifth in the Eider Chase, followed that with a second in the Midlands Grand National and finished fifth in the Grand National. That really is first-class form.

when the beautiful given to the Edgar Naturally, he's been hiked in the weights and the extra burden might be his undoing.

He's 7lb higher than 12 months ago, on quicker ground that won't suit. Despite that, I still expect him to be right in the mix.

Today's field of 13 looks so competitive you could make a decent case for at least 10 of the runners.

If you're looking for a game horse then look no further than Nigel Twiston-Davies' COGRY.

The 10-year-old was runner-up to Milansbar last year and beat eight rivals at Cheltenham over 3m2f last month, bravely holding off strong challenges from Singlefarmpayment and Rolling Dylan.

Cogry is proven over the course having raced here many times and winning back in 2015.

must feel cup is He's also a proven stayer, with a second in the Scottish Grand National under his belt in 2017 and he's sure to prefer the better ground this afternoon. It will be interesting to see how Un Temps Pour Tout fares as one of the highest-rated horses to contest this race.

jockey." Degas Winner of two Ultima Handicaps at the Festival he will have plenty of support in the betting ring.

David Pipe's 10-year-old was off the track for 606 days before reappearing in November at Aintree where he finished last of the five runners. …

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