I’ll take you through my two smart picks for the 15:35 at Newbury. You make your choice as to which one you prefer.
The first is Highly Prized for Emma Lavelle, who started on the flat for Lady Cecil before switching to the United States for a couple of years.
Highly Prized returned to Emma Lavelle a year ago and has four runs over hurdles since, winning three times. The only time it was beaten was during a small-fielded affair at Kempton where he was just too keen and didn’t get the strong pace it needed and pulled its chances away.
On its handicap debut the last time at Huntingdon it was extremely impressive, winning off a mark of 123. It’s gone up 10 pounds since and he’s a double figure price as a result but I think he’s a fair each-way claim with the ground drying out which will be in his favour. The strong pace should also help his cause.
My second selection is an absolutely massive price – it’s 28/1 as I write – and it’s Neff for Gary Moore.
Now he’s won the race three times in the past 15 years and the shortest price of those three winners was 14/1. With that in mind, the price doesn’t put me off whatsoever.
This horse was relatively moderate on the flat and was only rated in the 60s.
But on his four hurdles starts he’s won twice, been touched off once and second the other time.
He comes in off a mark of 130 which, granted, isn’t an absolute gimme of a mark but given Gary Moore’s record, I’m going to take a chance on it.