Longsdon sweet on Quay claims
Charlie Longsdon believes Killala Quay is a leading fancy for the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Warwick on Saturday.
The seven-year-old has a few pounds in hand of his rivals on official ratings following his victory at Grade Two level at Sandown five weeks ago.
He now bids to back that up in a similar grade in this race formerly known as the Leamington Novices' Hurdle.
"He's a Grade Two winner, so hopefully he should go very well," said Longsdon.
"He's the highest-rated horse in he race so he has to go for it. Everything's gone good since (his last run)."
Creepy won a Grade Two at Cheltenham in November and was travelling well disputing second place when unseating his rider four out in the Grade One Challow Novices' Hurdle at Newbury won by Captain Cutter.
Trainer Martin Keighley also declared Creepy for the rearranged williamhill.com Levy Board Tolworth Novices' Hurdle at Kempton, but confirmed the horse will go to Warwick.
"He goes to Warwick. I think the trip will be perfect and he won't mind the ground. The Tolworth looks red-hot," said the Condicote handler.
"He was unlucky at Newbury. He was still going very well. The one thing he would have done that day was keep galloping. They stopped in front. Let's hope he can make amends tomorrow.
"If he runs to his best form, he'd have a good chance."
Willie Mullins has no qualms about stepping Rathvinden up in company after winning his only start to date over hurdles.
That came in a 24-runner event at Cork five weeks ago when he triumphed by 11 lengths.
"Rathvinden has done everything very easily so far so he deserves a step up in grade," said Ireland's champion trainer.
"We aren't taking him to Warwick just because it's soft ground, I don't think that is vital to him at all, he's going over simply because it looks the right race to run him in."
Oliver Sherwood can see Deputy Dan going close on the strength of his 19-length romp at Chepstow two weeks ago.
"He has come out of Chepstow in brilliant form and I am very much aware of capitalising when the ground is like this. He obviously loves it and other horses don't," said Sherwood.
"I think he should be up to this sort of level. They put him 10lb for winning at Chepstow and he is now rated 132, so he is entitled to have a go at this instead of going for an ordinary novice race."
Splash Of Ginge was put in his place when third to Irving at Ascot last month but had previously made all when trotting up at Aintree.
His trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies hopes his consistent sort can put in another decent effort.
"He's done nothing wrong all season and let's hope he can do it again," said the Naunton handler.