Timeform’s Newbury Tips
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FASOL showed smart form on the level in France, and having joined Paul Nicholls, he makes plenty of appeal on this switch to hurdling in a race where the ones with experience don’t set the bar too high. Course bumper winner Navajo Indy should improve on his opening effort in this sphere at Exeter. Arthurian Fable showed an aptitude for hurdling back from a long absence when third over course and distance last month and must enter calculations also.
INTO THE PARK caught the eye finishing right on the heels of a much more highly-touted pair without being not knocked about at Taunton a fortnight ago, staying on in the closing stages but finishing with running left, and looks well worth siding with to confirm the promise of that run. Entity of Substanz and winning-pointer Hidden History are a pair of interesting Rules debutants who require close market scrutiny.
There should be more to come from VALADON, who was well-backed on his debut when bumping into a smart juvenile, and built on that promise when easily landing the odds at Exeter just before Christmas. That wasn’t much of a race, but he looks promising and should be up to defying a penalty. Newcastle bumper winner Kabuki could pose a threat if taking well to hurdling, while Gary Moore’s Kalif d’Airy more than hinted at ability pitched into a Cheltenham listed bumper on debut and the stable won this race last year.
GAZETTE BOURGEOISE’s last win came just over two years ago in a handicap hurdle at Hereford, and while he has been a little hit and miss since, he shaped with plenty of encouragement on his return in a handicap chase at Ffos Las last month. She travelled through that race like a horse back in top form and would have likely won had she concentrated a bit better late on. That form looks solid for the grade and is worth chancing to back that up in first-time blinkers. King’s Threshold and Invincible Nao head the list of dangers.
This looks like a very competitive mares’ handicap, and GAYE LEGACY, who shaped very well at Kempton over Christmas, could be the answer at a track which should bring her stamina more into play. She races from a career-high mark now but has some solid form in the book and did well to finish as close as she did last time. Between Waters and Take No Chances, unexposed handicap newcomers from good stables head the many dangers along with Kazontherazz and Phillapa Sue.
ISSAR D’AIRY was a two-time winner over hurdles, but he immediately showed improved form when switched to fences when making a winning start in this sphere over this course and distance last month. He jumped and travelled well on that occasion, taking well to this discipline, and a subsequent 8 lb rise in the weights may not be enough to prevent him from following up. Hystery Bere may emerge as the chief threat, with chasing debutant I’d Like To Know another worth a second look, too.
Plenty of potential on show in this bumper, but there was lots to like about the Chepstow debut success of JURANCON, so David Pipe’s winning pointer gets the vote to follow up under a penalty. Paul Nicholls’ Kap Boy also made a successful start at the Welsh track and commands plenty of respect, along with a clutch of newcomers Doctor Kildare, Jafimgoso, Job and The Expensive One in an intriguing bumper.
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