Jason Weaver: This 5/1 shot will ‘Dhu us nicely at Newbury on Saturday

Top pundit and top man Jason Weaver has swapped the Friday night lights for the main stage of ITV racing for the summer...

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1:40 Young Rascal

Only tasted defeat on one occasion last season and that was in the Epsom Derby. He also brings in a perfect 100 per cent record at the track and has a tidy record when he’s fresh. A few of these have Group One aspirations – but he can prove the class act in the race.

2:10 Dandhu

David Elsworth’s runner was thoroughly progressive last season and after winning at Kempton and was an excellent second in the Rockfel Stakes behind Just Wonderful. I looked back at that contest and she was the only one finishing off to any positive effect and will do nicely here.

She has reportedly thrived throughout the winter and can state her claim for the 1000 Guineas with a win.

2:40 Urban Icon

Brings in a perfect 100 per cent record albeit at a slightly lower level than some of his competitors. Richard Hannon’s runner has reportedly thrived throughout the off-season and may not be the stable’s second string to Boitron, even if the market suggests otherwise. His rider Tom Marquand just needs a big horse to propel him into the big time and this could be it.


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3:15 Escobar

Surely one of these big handicaps is going to fall his way eventually? David O’Meara’s runner is ultra-consistent off 103 and ground conditions will not be a problem. He’s drawn in the centre of the course, which gives his jockey Adam Kirby options. His overall record fresh is solid and we can expect a big run at each-way odds for his return to action in a race where Paddy’s paying the first 6 home.

5:35 Harbour Breeze

We’ll go to the lucky last for our final pick of the day where Lucy Wadham’s runner could have been underestimated by the handicapper.

An opening mark of 79 looking very generous, as he ran in two decent maidens and a tidy novice contest when last seen at Wolverhampton last month. Going back up in distance to 10f is perfect on pedigree, while ground conditions should not be a problem either.

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