Restless Harry: Newbury winner ready for his Classic Chase testPICTURE: Getty Images
Restless Harry primed for big Warwick test
RESTLESS HARRY, who has mixed it with the best over hurdles, moves into graded company over fences for the first time at Warwick on Saturday when he lines up against a dozen rivals in the Betfred Classic Chase.
The two-time Grade 2-winning hurdler has earned his fifth start over fences off a comprehensive first chase win, in which he made all at Newbury to score by 11 lengths, with trainer Robin Dickin saying he has never had the horse in better form.
"He's fairly unexposed in handicaps," he said. "He ran very well off 143 in the Silver Hurdle, having got left at the start. He is 140 in this race. He's run well with Teaforthree twice and that formline makes him a strong player.
"He's ever so well, I have never had him better. I don't think three-mile-five will be a problem at all."
Restless Harry was only raised 2lb for that performance and, with stamina likely to be no issue for a one-time World Hurdle candidate, he is among the leading contenders for the handicap in which the prolific Pete The Feat seeks his sixth straight win.
Pete The Feat's trainer Charlie Longsdon saddles two at his local course with Universal Soldier undergoing a quick turnaround after pulling up in last Saturday's Coral Welsh National.
Longsdon said: "Pete The Feat has been on a roll this season. He has thoroughly enjoyed this season.
"He certainly seems to improve for the step up in class last time so I've no reason to believe he can't continue. The trip is unknown for him but we've always thought he was a proper stayer. Confidence is sky high."
The ground at Warwick was described as soft on Friday evening with the chance of a shower overnight.