Fergal O’Brien will steer favourite Barney Dwan away from Warwick chase

• Forecast heavy ground not to the market leader’s liking
• I Shot The Sheriff on course for Kempton’s Lanzarote Hurdle

Fergal O’Brien ended 2017 by saddling the first Grade One winner of his training career, underlining his yard’s reputation as one of the most able and upwardly mobile in jumps racing, and though he has yet to saddle a winner this year, O’Brien will hope to take a hand in at least one of this weekend’s feature events.

Barney Dwan, the early favourite for the Listed Hampton Novice Chase at Warwick on Saturday, is now an unlikely runner since the ground is expected to be too testing for last year’s Pertemps Final runner-up. I Shot The Sheriff, however, will head for the Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton Park as a very live outsider, despite being pulled up on his first start for the yard at Newbury in December.

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