Decent but challenging card at Newbury this Saturday that i’ll be venturing too. Some races are headed by 15/2 favourites which speaks volumes but i’m certainly going to give it a right good go..
1.50 – The first race of the card is a handicap chase and is headed by David Pipe’s Shotavodka trading at around 9/2. He likes it round here and was a course and distance 3rd in a more competitive affair than this not long ago therefore he’s the one to beat in my opinion. I also like the look of Vieux Lille, he was making steady progress over fences until a bit of a below par run last time out around here however I fancy him to bounce back and maybe get into the frame at 6/1. Shotavodka will be my selection though.
2.25 – Another handicap chase next and another extremely competitive race of which you could probably make a case for every horse. I was at Haydock when Aqua Dude looked to be travelling all over the eventual winner when getting touched off in second and it’d be no surprise to see him there or thereabouts again. Walk In The Mill had strung a few impressive victories together before being before being found out at trials day at Cheltenham but a return to form isn’t at all ruled out. Phillip Hobbs Gala Ball is ultra consistent and at 13/2 you’d certainly fancy him as a strong each way chance however my selection is the horse that beat him here last time Warriors Tale, still on a fair mark despite a 7lb rise and I believe 7/1 is a decent enough price for Paul Nicholls charge to get into the frame.
3.00 – The Mares Finale this year is headed by a horse that Richard Johnson once described as the best mare he’s ever sat on in Copper Kay. She threw away what seemed to be a sure victory at Warwick on New Years Eve before comfortably winning last time out at odds of 1/10. Charlie Longsdon’s Snow Leopardess makes her handicap and is lightly race, a strong pace would help her cause a lot and as she’s currently trading at 9/1 it’s a price I certainly wouldn’t you off getting on each way. Ruby Yeates has been improving in quite dramatic fashion for her new yard and is bred to be very much suited for this sort of trip, she trades at a general 17/2, Harry Bannister rides for Harry Whittingham. Sister Sibyl finds herself two out of three in novice company with both of those wins suggesting she’d stay further and could be another huge price at 10/1. I’m sticking with Copper Kay though for Mr Hobbs, the champion jockey Richard Johnson rides and she trades at a general 15/2.
3.35 – A juvenile handicap which my selection is the market leader in Don Bersy. He’s just completed a hatrick at Sandown, Warwick and Haydock and i’m backing him to go one more here for trainer Tom Symonds, Aidan Coleman takes the ride and you can find him trading at a general 11/4. Buckle Street may well be the pick of the rest after he’s fancied to relish this step in trip, he’s currently at around 6/1 respectively for Martin Keighley, Andrew Tinkler rides.
4.10 – Another competitive one next in this Novice Hurdle headed by 7/4 shot Sir Antony Browne trading at a general 7/4. He’s a very lightly raced 5 year old and he has the form in the bag to go very close and that justifies his favouritism. Ben Paulings Red Indian also has some decent form to his name with a second at Kelso and a win at Ffos Las but the key will be if he is as effective on a less testing surface. My selection is however Neil Mulhollands Most Celebrated. He looked to be travelling the best before finding little last time out at Newbury before pulling too hard at Haydock before, i’m willing to chance him again though to get his head in front here. He trades at a general 5/2, Tom Scudamore rides.
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