Tip of the day: Butter warning

Buttercup has attracted overnight support and Ian Ogg is hoping that she can back that up at Uttoxeter this afternoon.

Venetia Williams, trainer of Buttercup

Buttercup, 3.00 Uttoxeter

Health and safety announcements have long been the stuff of ridicule but they still surprise me despite once working in an office that had a sticker reading 'caution stairs' at the bottom of the two story flight.

While passing through Birmingham New Street, there was a regular announcement informing people that as it was the weekend the direction of the elevators had been reversed. I appreciate that many of us do things out of habit on the morning commute but surely if you can't notice which way the 'moving stairs' in front of you are heading then there's a doubt about whether you should be out and about on your own.

Still, in a world where a student can sue Oxford University for loss of earnings because the 'boring' teaching cost him a first and prevented him from having a successful career then almost anything is possible.

It's less of a stretch to envisage Buttercup winning the At UttoxeterTwit Interactive Novices' Limited Handicap Chase, especially since the 14/1 available last night is now a general 8/1.

Trainer Venetia Williams is in form and more than capable of readying a runner for their first start of the season (as we've seen with Super Sam recently) and the market suggests this five-year-old is ready to roll.

The mare rather lost her way over hurdles last season, her first in Britain, but she did ability at Warwick in January and it would be no surprise to see her fare better this time around. She had one run over fences in France, finishing second at Auteuil, and now makes her handicap debut from a mark of 110 having initially been handed a mark of 125.

The winner of that Auteuil chase finished in front of Reve De Sivola when fifth in the Grade One Grand Prix d'Automne recently while the third had previously finished four lengths behind Mon Successeur and the fourth was last seen taking fourth in a handicap hurdle at the Punchestown Festival off 131.

Fairly tenuous formlines they may be and their careers, like the escalators, have gone in different directions since but it's worth taking the chance that the potentially well treated Buttercup can reverse her fortunes this afternoon.

P.S. This selection carries a health and safety warning

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