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Uttoxeter Preview: Rose to Continue Good Form

Cardinal Rose is a warm contender for today’s 3.50 at Uttoxeter, a handicap hurdle over two miles and seven furlongs. This chestnut gelding absolutely hosed up in a class four Southwell chase last time out winning by ten lengths. The form probably isn’t worth much given the third was a further 48 lengths behind but the facile success showed him to be in rude health.

Cardinal Rose changes code today going from fences to hurdles but this shouldn’t pose a problem for him having had plenty experience over them previously. He’s yet to win over the smaller obstacles which tempers enthusiasm slightly but he is clearly in form and a horse to latch onto in a purple patch.

He goes down in class today from a class four to a class five and it’s positive to note he ran well in a couple of class four hurdle contests from marks in the mid-100’s. He did miss 2013 and 2014 through injury and so it’s a big positive that he has finished first and second in his two starts this year.

He should be off a workable mark and if he is as happy over hurdles as he is over fences then he has a fantastic chance to take this handicap.

In the 1:40 maiden stakes, Princess Roania has an excellent chance to get her first victory over hurdles. The four year-old bay filly won her debut at Taunton and has finished second on her three subsequent starts. Two of those runs were over one mile and seven furlongs which may have been on the short side, even though Princess Roania doesn’t lack speed. She’s bred for the national hunt scene and she should really relish the extra four furlongs.

The highest handicapped horse in the race is Mrs Jordan off 102 and it would be disappointing if Princess Roania can’t live up to that mark. Flower Power is worth a mention on the back of her fourth in a class four here last month. She’ll need to improve now stepped up in trip but you couldn’t rule that out on some fair efforts. She may appreciate the ground a bit softer though.

The ground is fine for Princess Roania and off bottom weight she can make her class count over the longer trip today.

Selections

13:40 – Princess Roania (NB)

14:10 – Gin and Tonic

14:40 – The Yank

15:15 – Weather Babe

15:50 – Cardinal Rose (NAP)

16.25 – Chill

16.55 – Benefits Well

17.25 – Last Wish