Six races from Newbury and Newcastle to enjoy on ITV Saturday including the Ladbroke Trophy and a cracking Fighting Fifth at Newcastle.
So plenty to get stuck into and good chances to take some cash off Paddy which always makes me feel super good!
Let’s get straight into the races at Newbury, and ITV show the 1.50pm, a handicap hurdle over an extended 2m4f. There’s every chance SPEEDO BOY is still a well handicapped horse after his battling success at Cheltenham last time. The Cesarewitch sixth hails from the Ian Williams yard that has been in such good form and has every chance.
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Next up at Newbury is the 2.25pm, an intermediate hurdle over an extended 2m. WHATMORE is up 7lb for a fine success at Bangor that came on the back of a decent effort when placed at Chepstow. He’s improving fast for Henry Daly and has every chance of hitting the frame at least. Stays well.
The 3.00pm at Newbury is the big betting race of the day, The Ladbrokes Trophy over nearly 3m 2f. This is not a vintage renewal – it lacks a star performer like Native or Denman back in the day – and that actually makes it tougher to find the winner!
For that reason I will go with the talented and in form THE YOUNG MASTER. He’s actually well handicapped, despite having gone up 9lb for two wins, having once been rated 152. He’s on 139 here. He’s just in great shape at the moment, and while normally I wouldn’t fancy him at all in a race like this – it’s up for grabs. I’ll have a few quid on each-way at a double-digit price.
ITV wraps up the Newbury coverage at 3.35pm, a handicap chase over an extended 2m. TOP GAMBLE has been rated 11lb higher in his prime than he is here and he might just have the class to beat a few of these on his seasonal debut.
Obviously it will be tough, but I have a feeling he will run well for trainer Kerry Lee. But that’s not the end of the action. You hear me Paddy?
At Newcastle there’s an awesome renewal of the Fighting Fifth Hurdle, a Grade 1 over an extended 2m at 2.05pm.
Obviously the super talented novices Samcro and Summerville Boy are big rivals, but I’m all over the defending Champion Hurdle hero BUVEUR D’AIR in this. His wind operation is interesting as well.
Ironically, I don’t believe Buveur d’Air is a great champion and vulnerable to a top-notch challenger.
However, I still think he will be good enough for trainer Nicky Henderson as he start off on the road to a three-in-a-row at Cheltenham.
And finally, the Rehearsal Chase over an extended 2m 7f at 3.20pm. Lee also has a great chance here with old stager BISHOPS ROAD, who ran a cracker in conditions that would not have been ideal at Haydock on his latest start. He’s in form and might just be still well handicapped to score again.
So best of luck and pray for Yeeehaaas. You hear me Paddy?
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