Warne to bowl over rivals

Warne and Sam Waley-Cohen will be tough to beat again

Warne was an impressive winner of the 2014 Fox Hunters'.


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Betting Tip: Warne @ 6/1 with williamhill

On The Fringe got the prize for easiest Cheltenham Festival winner after hacking up in the Foxhunter, and he’ll be a popular choice to double up here. However, he’d be the first horse to land both races since Double Silk in 1993 and, with the suspicion that he enjoyed the run of the race at Cheltenham, I’d say he’s a favourite to take on. Look no further than last year’s 13-length winner WARNE (6/1 bet365), whose jockey Sam Waley-Cohen has an outstanding record over the National fences and, indeed, rode the last back-to-back winner Katarino in 2006. The latter horse won that year despite not having a prep, so it’s no concern that the selection has had just the one run since last May, when winning a four-runner point-to-point at Kirkistown last month. This race will have been the plan as soon as he crossed the line in last year’s renewal.

Betting Tip: Warne @ 6/1 with williamhill

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