We look to have chances at both Exeter and Warwick on Friday

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February 25

Since a great Sunday at our local course, Newbury, it has been a quiet week for Barbury, but the tempo increases on Friday when we have three runners at Warwick, plus one at Exeter.

Midnightreferendum was entered at both venues, and, though Alan feared that he might gave to opt out of his preferred option, Exeter, because of the heavy ground, conditions have improved at Haldon, so she can take her chance in the Listed Mares Chase.

Alan said:”Stepping up to three miles ought to suit Midnightreferendum, who is better than the bare form from Doncaster in her last race suggests as she was virtually brought down three out. But for coming to a standstill, she would probably have finished second to Annie Mc, who is a top-class mare.”

She certainly is Alan, and Jonjo O’Neill makes no secret of the fact that he thinks Annie C is his best chance of a winner at next month’s Cheltenham Festival, so Midnightreferendum lost nothing in defeat on Town Moor.

Assessing our Warwick trio, Alan added:”Jay Bee Why finished a fine fifth in a Grade 2 over the course last month, and he was just a place behind Dan Skelton’s Midnight River, who won at Ascot on Saturday, so I’d like to think he’d have a big chance in this novice hurdle.

“The more the ground dries up the better the chance of The Unit in the two and a half mile chase. He’s had a stop-start couple of seasons, but he had a run on the all-weather recently and still has plenty of ability. He schooled well on Monday and seems in good order.

“Any improvement in the ground would also suit Moonamacaroona in the mares bumper. She is one we like and she stayed on well to finish third against the boys on her debut at Market Rasen and has come on for that race, so we’d be hopeful here”