Our Saturday horse racing tips focus upon the card at Newbury, although we also have one selection running at Kelso.
EBF and TBA Mares National Hunt Novices Hurdle Finale
Warren Greatrex did us a big favour at the Cheltenham Festival last week courtesy of Cole Harden’s pillar to post success in the World Hurdle, and the up and coming trainer can bag another winner for us today at Newbury.
HANNAH’S PRINCESS is one of the runners in the 17 strong field for the EBF Mares Novices’ Hurdle Finale who looks sure to be suited by the drying ground and she had a nice prep for this when romping home at Doncaster recently. She looks progressive and potentially well treated based on the pick of her bumper form. Grab some of Ladbrokes’ 10/1 while you can.
There are no end of dangers in a very competitive heat including fancied runners Twentytwo’s Taken and Kalane, but there plenty of outsiders with chances too like Queen Of The Stage (the yard’s form ultimately put us off this one) and Morello Royale. However, pick of them could be BRIERY BELLE and KILRONAN HIGH.
Briey Belle represents a trainer who is noted for having success with mares, Henry Daley. Our selection is the outsider of his two runners, but she should relish underfoot conditions and she stays well.
Hopefully, a strong early pace will see her finishing off the race better than many of her rivals.
Another strong stayer is point to point winner Kilronan High and she brings plenty of experience into the contest too. She wasn’t beaten far by Bitofapuzzle at Wincanton three starts back and that horse was just pipped in the mares race at Cheltenham last week.
|Hannah’s Princess (ew)||2.35 Newbury||10/1||Ladbrokes|
|Kilronan High (ew)||2.35 Newbury||33/1||Bet365, Ladbrokes, Coral, William Hill|
|Briery Belle (ew)||2.35 Newbury||22/1||Stan James|
Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase
Greatrex had an unexposed type that we fancied in the handicap chase that precedes the mares’ contest, but unfortunately he is a non-runner this morning.
The change in the ground will undoubtedly throw up some surprise results so it is worth backing an outsider here – CARRIGMORNA KING. He may look the yard’s second string on jockey bookings, but he ran well in a competitive handicap at Cheltenham last time out in a heat that ended up greatly favouring the front runners and he has won here before over hurdles.
If he can bounce back to the form of his last winning run – and the better going should help him to do so – he should be a major player.
Although you can get odds of 14/1 on the selection with Bet365 and Ladbrokes, we suggest taking the 12/1 with Sky Bet, as they are offering to refund losing bets on this race, up to £25, if your horse finishes second or third.
|Carrigmorna King (ew)||2.00 Newbury||12/1||Sky Bet|
Doom Bar Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
The most valuable race at Newbury is actually the Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, where LIL ROCKERFELLER looks the best handicapped of a 12 strong field. Again, he has course form which is important, albeit on the flat, and his form on the level generally suggests he has been crying out for this drying ground.
The only worry is the form of his yard as Neil King hasn’t had a winner for a while.
Storm Force Ten looks the big danger.
|Lil Rockerfeller (ew)||3.45 Newbury||8/1||Bet365, Betfred|
Liz Adam Memorial Handicap Chase
There is also a valuable card at Kelso today, which has attracted terrestrial TV coverage and the best bet of the meeting may be SHARNEY SIKE in the staying chase at 2.15.
This horse ran a blinder in the Eider at Newcastle recently before his stamina gave way on terrible ground. A drop back in trip on a better surface could see his forcing tactics pay dividends here. He has a lovely weight with his capable conditional taking off a valuable 3lbs.
|Sharney Sike (ew)||2.15 Kelso||10/1||Bet365, Betfred, Stan James, William Hill|