100/1 Gambled Warwick Winner Given 52lb Increase By Handicapper

Warwick Gamble

Danilo D'Airy caused a stir on Saturday at Warwick going from 100/1 into 13/2 and coasting home by a easy nine lengths although he was officially 38lb out of the handicap.

The Robert Bevis trained eight year old was rated 37 heading into his chase debut at Warwick on Saturday and some shrewd punters made a mockery of the 100/1 starting price, seeing it go off at 13/2 and romping home.

However, the horse is now unlikely to have it his own way like that again in a race after the British handicapper slapped him with a 52lb hike in the weights to now see him race off a mark of 87 for his next event.

He had been entered for a quick turnaround at Ffos Las on Monday, before his new mark was revealed, and was declared a non-runner on race-day.

Plenty of gambles have beens seen during the last 12 months in the jumps racing sphere and this is up there with one of the best ones, but it looks as though the handicapper is not keen to see it happen again with this horse.

Danilo D'Airy created a little bit of history after his win at the weekend becoming the first horse since 1994 to be the lowest-rated horse to win a jumps handicap event.

The eight year old was backed heavily when the prices were revealed on Friday evening and although three horses were removed through out the day before the race, his price going down to 13/2 was due to a heavy gamble.

(Credit Racing Post) The stewards' report from Warwick after the race revealed: "that the yard appeared to be in better form at present and Danilo D'Airy had appreciated the step up to three miles as well as benefiting from a return to jumping fences, with the gelding having won a point-to-point".

The trainer, having just his second winner under rules from 19 runners since starting in February 2019, added in the report "that Danilo D'Airy had also appreciated the slower ground on this occasion", which was officially described as soft, heavy in places.