Newbury tips: Our runner-by-runner guide to Saturday’s Greatwood Gold Cup

PPTV broadcaster Graham Temple gives his verdict on the 1:50 from Newbury.

Native River Jonjo O'Neill Jnr Newbury February 8, 2020


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The ITV cameras visit Kelso, Doncaster and Newbury on Saturday with a feature race at each track. PPTV’s Graham Temple has a delve into every runners’ chance in the very competitive Greatwood Gold Cup at 13:50 to try to find a value play in Newbury’s feature race.


Never travelled and jumped left when pulled up in race won by the impressive Dashel Drasher at Ascot on January 23rd. Needs to rekindle Januarth 9th winning Wincanton form. Left-handed track and slightly better ground should suit here.

Grand Sancy

Flopped when favourite at Wincanton November 7th where the jockey reported a ‘respiratory issue’. Returns from a four-month absence in this. Free running sort that has won after absences twice in his career. Paul Nicholls is sure to have him primed for this.

The Big Bite

Lightly raced sort has finished first or second in four of his five chase starts. Has winning form over this sort of trip when trained by Tom George. Only having his third start for current stable. Likes to race prominently.



Windsor Avenue

Dropped a pound in the weights after finishing sixth to Dashel Drasher January 23rd at Ascot. Trainer won the Eider last Saturday at Newcastle. 5lb claimer and first-time cheek pieces catch the eye.

Gold Present

Enigmatic character is getting long in the tooth. Dropping in trip and racing off a 2lb lower mark than his last win (December 2017). Henderson factor needs to be respected. Could run past beaten horses for a place.


Gala Ball

Runner up in this race off a 3lb lower mark two years ago. Disappointed in last two starts but clearly a horse that loves this course having run well here again when second over course & distance in November.


Only having his fourth chase start today. Young improving gelding on a treble mission today. He likes to race just off the leaders and pounce late. Up in the weights today but well capable of showing improvement for his strong stable.

Pistol Whipped

Stayed on well for second on his return from a 10-month break January 9th at Kempton. Nicky Henderson’s runners have generally needed a pipe opener this year and hence plenty of improvement can be expected today.

Killer Clown

Very impressive winner over a similar trip Kempton December 26th. Heavily penalised by the handicapper and this is a much more competitive race. Still unexposed over fences and warrants respect.

Born Survivor

Has failed to feature in seven races since his last win in April 2019. Not disgraced behind Magic Saint at Cheltenham in November (blundered three out). Races off 4lb lower than last winning mark here. No surprise if getting involved.


Barton Knoll

Won eased down when bouncing back to form at Doncaster in November. Prone to jump slightly left hence this track will suit. Races off a 7lb higher mark here. Place claims.

Senior Citizen

Ran out of puff late on over the National fences on December 5th. Has finished in the top two in four of his six chase starts. Alan King is getting plenty of winners lately. No surprise if involved at the finish.

Another Crick

Failed to score in six hurdle and four NHF races before switching to fences where he has blossomed, winning two from five. Ran very well in a hot race over a similar trip at Warwick on February 15th.  Races with a similar low weight on his back today. Respected.

The Russian Doyen

Has failed to complete in three of his last five starts and ran out of puff over shorter Feb 28. Recently left Colin Tizzard’s stable. Won in novice company over shorter here in Jan 2019. Hard to make a case for today.

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Graham’s 1-2-3

  1. Windsor Avenue
  2. Grand Sancy
  3. Pistol Whipped


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