Wednesday 15th January 2020
Author: Jordan Yates
Image: Jordan Yates
I’ve taken a look at Newbury on Wednesday as it’s a typically decent card down there, and the first race I’ve taken a look at is the 1:15 which is a Class 4 Novices Hurdle over two miles. I think this race revolves around the very well thought of SHISKIN for Nicky Henderson and Nico de Boinville, representing the same owners as Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo, he fell here when last seen on hurdling bow but he’s a strong chance of putting that behind him here and living up to his lofty reputation. Shakem Up’Arry looks the main rival and has solid form over course and distance having finished second to a decent sort from Seven Barrows last time out.
Next up is the 1:45 which is a Handicap Chase contested just over two miles and I think this can once again to combination of Henderson and de Boinville with the seven-year-old PRECIOUS CARGO. He got the better of a pretty useful rival on chasing debut last time at Haydock and it’s likely there’s a lot more to come from him for his top connections, he’s certainly the one to beat. Champagne Platinum could prove a class above these but on recent form you’d struggle to back him with any degree of confidence, he also represents Nicky Henderson.
PRECIOUS CARGO (11/8)
We have two divisions of Handicap Hurdles now starting with the 2:20. Both of these races are extremely competitive, I’ve decided to take a chance on the Kim Bailey trained FUBAR who will be ridden by David Bass. He had a wind op following a third placed effort on hurdling debut back in May and then went on to finish second behind a decent sort over hurdles in November. It’s very likely there’s improvement on the cards. Generation Gap sets a solid enough standard at the top of the market here for Jonjo O’Neil and he looks like the one they all have to beat.
The second of the divisions comes at 2:50 and as stated previously this is once again an extremely competitive affair. I’ve taken a chance on the Tom George runner which comes in the form of five-year-old GLOCKENSPIEL. Formerly trained on the flat for master French trainer Andre Fabre he’s been placed on both outings so far over obstacles at Bangor and Uttoxeter. Both of those efforts came on heavy going which might prove key here and he tries is hand handicapping in what doesn’t look the strongest of contests.