Saturday Horse Racing Tips
Today’s big race is also one of the highlights of any jump’s campaign, the Hennessy Gold Cup. As ever, the field is made up of some proven, top class staying chasers and some up and coming youngsters just out of their novice season.
Hennessy Gold Cup Chase
Hopefully, some of you will have followed our 10/1 ante post tip when the entries were published and got on Fingal Bay as, thankfully, Phillip Hobbs’ charge has made the line-up in one piece. He still looks to have a major chance with his trainer and jockey combination hovering up big races at the moment. He improved markedly over hurdles last season and, if he can translate that improvement to the larger obstacles, looks very well handicapped.
Favourite Djakadam is probably also ahead of the handicapper, but he lacks experience for a race of this nature and has yet to prove he stays this far.
There is also a slight stamina doubt over Many Clouds, but of the fancied runners we think he could be the one to give Fingal Bay the most to do. However, we would suggest supplementing our ante post choice with two at bigger prices.
First up is Ballynagour. He can throw in the odd shocker, but when he is good he is very good and he had a fine campaign last season when he ended up mixing it with the best around over slightly shorter trips. His breeding suggests he might improve for this trip and it is a chance worth taking with Bet365 offering 33/1 this morning.
The other one to back each way is Annacotty who, again, could improve for the extra 2f here. He wasn’t far short of the best staying novices around last season, but his less fashionable connections mean he has gone under the radar slightly. His yard could be in better form, but that is the only negative as he had a prefect sighter for this race at Kempton recently. He looks best on flat tracks and the blinkers, which he wore when winning the Grade 1 Novice Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, are back on today.
|Ballynagour (ew)||3.00 Newbury||33/1||Bet365|
|Annacotty (ew)||3.00 Newbury||33/1||Bet365|
bet365 Long Distance Hurdle
The other big race at Newbury is the Long Distance Hurdle, which sees the return of one of our favourite horses, More Of That. He is a very short price favourite, but might be vulnerable today as it won’t be easy to maintain his unbeaten record on such soft ground on his seasonal debut.
Cole Harden is the obvious one to take him on with, but Medinas might see out the trip better on this surface and he gets a handy weight allowance from Cole Harden after finishing behind him at Wetherby recently. He is worth a small each-way bet at stand-out odds of 18/1 with Stan James (14/1 elsewhere).
bet365 Handicap Chase
In the closing race, we still haven’t given up on Ut Majeur Aulmes who was unlucky to finish just outside of the places for us at Cheltenham recently. He should be more at home back on this flat track and he looks even more well handicapped today with his rating having dropped a few pounds after his last effort. Bottom weight, Arthurs Secret, could be anything and is one to keep an eye on.
|Ut Majeur Aulmes (ew)
bet365 com Novices Limited Handicap Chase
The Fulke Walwyn Trophy could be between Midnight Appeal and Listen Boy, but a more solid bet could prove to be Royal Regatta in the preceding Novices Handicap Chase as the drop back in trip should really suit him.
|Royal Regatta (win)||12.50 Newbury
StanJames com Fighting Fifth Hurdle
The Fighting Fifth is the big race at Newcastle and Aurore D’Estruval is the interesting one. Paddy Power’s 4/1 should be snapped up each way as John Quinn’s mare could be improving fast.
|Aurore D’Estruval (ew)||2.05 Newcastle||4/1||Paddy Power|
|Bet365||Stan James||Ladbrokes||Paddy Power|
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