Mick Fitz: The Champ who can reign supreme at Newbury on Saturday

Mick runs through the ITV races at Doncaster and Newbury, including the feature Challow Hurdle at 15:00...


Saturday for ITV viewers is a mix of Newbury and Doncaster.

We kick off at Newbury where the highlight is the Challow Hurdle.

Newbury 13:50

A handicap hurdle to get things going, and I like Couer Blimey here.

This lad was a good winner at Hereford and up 8lbs can make them all go. People forget this horse was 4th in a Betfair Hurdle at this track behind Kalashnikov and also beat Ballyandy in a bumper at Ascot.

Newbury 14:25

Aurillac has had wind surgery and has now joined David Pipe so keep an eye on the market for a move for this lad.

I am almost tempted to have a little each-way on him because he could be the surprise package.

But Vice Et Vertu is probably the safer option, as this horse has run well his last few starts and looks really competitive here.

Newbury 15:00

The feature is the Challow and there’s no getting away from Champ.

I thought this horse looked like he would improve for the run last time and still won. There are plenty of others in here to talk about though.

Coolanly finally got his act together at Cheltenham last time and they will hope he can build on that. Brewinupastorm won very nicely last time at Huntingdon. Kateson was a winner at the track too and his form at Aintree in the graded bumper cant be ignored.

Chuck in Alsa Park, who has surprised every time she has run, and you have the makings of a competitive contest. I still cant desert Champ and he gets the nod after last time.

Newbury 15:35

I have a runner in here with Onefitzall. Our lad has been beset with problems so we are just hoping for a good run to give our members some encouragement for the future.

He will be trying his best but I think Nicky Henderson will win it with his other horse Wenyereadyfreddie, who won despite hanging at Ascot.

Doncaster 13:30

Station Master ran two great races recently without winning, and I think he can get just rewards here. He likes the ground and is a good jumper.

Battle Of Shiloh is the one I fear the most.

Doncaster 14:05

Philip Kirby is having a dream run of things at the moment and his Lady Buttons is one we backed when she won at Newbury. With the yard in such good form we have to stick with her.

Doncaster 14:40

Ballywood is a 4-year-old getting allowances here and he gets the nod in a small field handicap. He won nicely at Taunton beating a good yardstick in Capeland and can follow up here.

Doncaster 15:15

Graceful Legend gets the nod each-way here.

She has been over fences and, back over hurdles here with a couple of runs under her belt, can outrun her price – especially if the headgear works. Enniscoffey Oscar is probably the safe option.

Fancy Mick’s picks? Find the latest odds from Newbury and Doncaster over at paddypower.com

What do you think?