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Saturday Horse Racing Tips

Today on Channel 4 there is live coverage of seven races. From Newbury, races start at 1.15, 1.50, 2.25, 3.00 and 3.35, and at Newcastle the 2.05 and 2.40.

It is worth noting that both Betfred and Paddy Power are offering money back, as a free bet, if your horse finishes 2nd to the SP favourite in all races at Newbury today.

Or back a winner of any of today’s races televised live on Channel 4 at odds of 4/1 or greater with Bet365 and get a risk free bet on the next televised Channel 4 race.

Hennessy Gold Cup Chase    CH4

The Hennessy Gold Cup has a habit of throwing up champion chasers of the future and a new star could emerge today in the form of Paul Nicholls’ SAPHIR DU RHEU.

His career over fences had a chequered start, but the penny really seems to have dropped now and Nicholls has always seen this horse as a potential Gold Cup winner. If he is to figure in the season’s premier event he will need to win this, despite having to carry top weight.

Carruthers’ absence means he isn’t a great price, but he needs to be backed to at least cover any other selections in the race.

If In Doubt will be a threat if his jumping hold up, whilst Houblon Des Obeaux will love the track and the ground, but the other two to be on are THE YOUNG MASTER and THEATRE GUIDE.

The former ran no sort of race in the RSA Chase, but prior to that had looked a really progressive handicapper and, with another summer on his back, can run a big race here. He should be better suited by going left handed, despite having won some decent prizes going the other way.

Theatre Guide has always been highly rated by Colin Tizzard and he was third in this race two years ago. His yard is in better form this season than it was last and if this horse is over the problems that have confined him to so few starts in his career to date he has a massive chance of causing a shock from the foot of the weights.

Saphir Du Rheu (win)3.00 Newbury4/1Bet365
The Young Master (ew)3.00 Newbury11/1Bet365Betfred, Paddy Power
Theatre Guide (ew)3.00 Newbury16/1Bet365, Betfred, Paddy Power

At The Races Rehearsal Chase    CH4

Tizzard could prove the man to follow across the country today as his MASTERS HILL looks the one to beat in the Rehearsal Chase up at Newcastle. He was an eye-catching second to a better treated rival at Carlisle on his comeback and looks well handicapped here.

The Last Samuri looks a big danger, but if conditions deteriorate at Gosforth Park then WILLIAM MONEY could easily run into the money off bottom weight. The trip may be on the short side, but that is a chance worth taking given his price and the current form of Chris Grants’ yard.

Masters Hill (ew)2.40 Newcastle6/1Bet365, Betfred
William Money (ew)2.40 Newcastle25/1Bet365

Fighting Fifth Hurdle    CH4

The Fighting Fifth is the other big race at the northern circuit and we think the two at the head of the market are worth opposing. Either Top Notch or BELTOR could upset the odds and our preference is for Beltor at the prices, as he is unexposed and open to any end of improvement.

Beltor (ew)2.05 Newcastle9/1Bet365

bet365 Long Distance Hurdle    CH4

Back at Newbury, Tizzard could have some success in the other Graded race on the card, the Long Distance Hurdle, as THISTLECRACK looked a stayer to follow at the back end of last season. He may need the run here, but looks better value than Whisper or World Hurdle winner Cole Harden.

Don’t rule out DEPUTY DAN either. He didn’t really take to fences, but was a top class staying novice hurdler in his own right and won’t mind however soft the going gets.

Thistlecrack (ew)2.25 Newbury4/1Bet365, Paddy Power
Deputy Dan (ew)2.25 Newbury18/1Bet365, Paddy Power

Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

A Listed Mares Hurdle opens the card and these races can provide shocks a plenty so it is worth a small interest in the two outsiders, VERY EXTRAVAGANT and FORTUNATA FASHIONS.

Very Extravagant (ew)12.15 Newbury12/1Bet365
Fortunata Fasions (ew)12.15 Newbury25/1Bet365 Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

The following Fulke Walwyn Trophy looks to be between ARZAL and FULL SHIFT.

Arzal ran really well for one so inexperienced in some top handicap hurdles last year and looks to have taken to fences judging by his win last time out, whilst Full Shift was always biding his time over the smaller obstacles as is really built to be a chaser.

Arzal (ew)12.45 Newbury13/2Paddy Power
Full Shift (ew)12.45 Newbury11/2Bet365

Our other tips at Newbury are:

Shangani (ew)1.15 Newbury10/1Bet365, Paddy Power
Mosspark (ew)1.15 Newbury12/1Bet365Betfred, Paddy Power
Lough Kent (ew)3.35 Newbury5/1Bet365Betfred, Paddy Power
Gardefort (ew)3.35 Newbury13/2Bet365Betfred, Paddy Power

Also, back SAPHIR DU RHEU (ew) for the Cheltenham Gold Cup at 14/1 with Coral.