Saturday 10th February 2018
Following the back of a fabulous weekend of action in Leopardstown for the Dublin Racing Festival the attention turns to Newbury this weekend where we see the return of some big names. Here are my fancies…
1.50: Betfair Cash Out Handicap Hurdle (3m) (Class 2)
I’ll start off with the 1.50 which is a Class 2 Handicap Hurdle contest over three miles and it’s another race that see’s a returning star.
Now i’d say 90% of the time I don’t put up returning horses from lay offs up as selections as they have many questions over their heads and you often don’t know whether they’ll be the same horse.
However i’m bucking the trend here as I think BARTERS HILL should go very close for Ben Pauling. He’ll be very tuned up for a big run as he will of been on the go for a while at home and he needs to be showing something here for a realistic tilt at Cheltenham. Ben has hit a bit of form too this week and I think 7/2 is a decent price to chance Barters Hill in what is a poor race really.
BARTERS HILL – 7/2 –
3.35: Betfair Hurdle (2m) (Class 1) (Grade 3)
Onto the Betfair Hurdle now a Grade 3 contest over two miles and it’s unsurprisingly thrown up a really competitive renewal.
You could make a case for the majority of these but with most firms offering five places on the race i’ve managed to narrow it down to two selections.
The first of these is KALASHNIKOV for Amy Murphy. I think this one is a really talented sort and plugged on well the last day in second behind Summerville Boy. I think he’s got more than enough about him to make his presence felt again here.
The second one I like is DIVINE BERE formerly of Nicky Henderson, now with Paul Nicholls. I don’t think he was fully tuned up the last day when down the field but he showed last season that he can put in very big runs in big contests and he’s a huge price here. Certainly one worth chancing.
KALASHNIKOV – 12/1 (E/W) –
DIVINE BERE – 40/1 (E/W) –
2.40: Kingmaker Novices Chase (Class 1) (Grade 2) (2m)
Over to Warwick and onto the Kingmaker Novices Chase a Grade 2 contest over two miles and unfortunately we are down to the four runners here.
Possibly the horse i’m most looking forward to seeing this weekend and that’s SAINT CALVADOS. He’s a short price for this but he should be going very close here. He’s got bags of potential and absolutely bolted up the last day at Newbury. He should be enhancing his Cheltenham chances and taking this.
SAINT CALVADOS – 4/6 –