In the Local Parking Security Ltd Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (2.20) at Warwick on Monday, Old Pride got off the mark for Alan McCabe at the first time of asking at Doncaster in February and can defy a hefty 17lb rise in the weights. The lightly-raced seven-year-old is entitled to improve significantly for that run, his first for 18 months, notwithstanding a win in a maiden point-to-point at Cottenham in December, and he remains something of a proverbial ‘dark horse’.
The Old Vic gelding had previously been campaigned in Ireland, without success, by David Loder and Tom Taafe, but had shown signs of ability on more than one occasion and is far from fully exposed. His best efforts so far have come on good and good to firm going but, while his two attempts on soft and heavy going proved a little inconclusive, he may not be inconvenienced by slightly slower underfoot conditions.
Alan McCabe is, of course, better known as a Flat trainer, but Nico De Boinville is 2-3 (67%) for the yard overall, and 1-1 (100%) over hurdles, so Old Pride looks one to follow until beaten.
Selection: Warwick 2.20 Old Pride to win