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Unxeposed Daddy bids to continue Twiston-Davies resurgence

In the lead up to the Cheltenham Festival Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Gloucestershire base was smote with a virus which looked set to derail their hopes of success at the sport’s most prestigious meeting, but contrary to expectations the yard notched two winners and four placed efforts and continued their run of fine form with a double on the Midlands National card at Uttoxeter last Saturday.

Their He’s The Daddy looks the one to watch in Warwick’s 4:05, being – along with Tom George’s Priest Island – the least exposed of the contestants lining up.

The six-year-old ran with promise for much of the race on his handicap debut and although he’s only been dropped 1lb for today’s outing, the 1f shorter trip should aid him in getting home.

In his previous race He’s The Daddy paid the price for taking on an upwardly mobile sort in winner Seymour Eric some way from home. His conqueror’s ability was vouched for when he struck off an 11lb higher mark in his very next outing.

Furthermore, Promised Wings, the second that day, finished some 19 and a half lengths clear of Killmore Cottage, who lines up against He’s The Daddy this afternoon having pipped the Twiston-Davies horse by just eight lengths in their meeting.

Fellow unexposed type Priest Island looked for all the world that he’d appreciate a step up in trip before hitting the deck two out in his most recent race over 2m2f, when continuing to find for Paddy Brennan despite being the first of the leading pack off the bridle in that Fontwell affair.

However, the form of that race doesn’t have quite as strong a look to it with the wide-margin winner defeated by a similar distance next time.

Instead course and distance winner The Red Laird could give He’s The Daddy most to think about under a 7lb penalty for a Plumpton win last Monday. Given he won that engagement by a head it’s a vote of confidence in his condition that trainer Neil King is turning him out under the penalty and the soft ground he’ll get at Warwick today has yielded two of his three career wins.