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Saturday Horse Racing Tips

It’s the first running of the Ladbrokes Trophy this afternoon and it will take racing fans a long time to stop calling today’s valuable contest The Hennessy.

Ladbrokes Trophy Chase     

We have seen some great winners of the race down the years and there is a former Gold Cup hero in today’s line up.

We’d love to see Coneygree carry his welter burden to success here, but it will take a monumental effort and connections will just be looking to get things back on track with their fragile star after the problems he had during his comeback race at Wetherby recently.

One thing’s for sure and that is that Coneygree will make this a real test as the one thing he loves to do is take his rivals out of their comfort zones and if he lets the pace drop for any reason current favourite American will be there to pick up the slack. American is even more fragile than Coneygree and he may actually need softer ground to be at his best. On that basis, better value may lie elsewhere.

The same concerns apply to Total Recall, who won easily on his debut for Willie Mullins recently. We think there may have been an overreaction to that effort from punters and we are happy to take the market leaders on.

There’s no doubt that second season chasers have a great record in the race and the one we like who fits into that category is ROYAL VACATION. His connections excel with their staying chasers and there were excuses for his two poor runs at the end of last season.

He warmed up for this with a decent pipe opener over a trip too short for him at Chepstow recently and if he stays here he should be able to make the frame at least, especially if the ground continues to dry out.

If we do get the end to end gallop we are expecting then it is worth backing a thorough stayer as well and with Nigel Twiston-Davies’ yard in fine form again so far this season we think COGRY can make his presence felt. He looked better than ever at Cheltenham last time out and prior to that he was second in the Scottish National.

At massive prices, we also think Double Ross and PILGRIMS BAY could run decent races. Of the pair, narrow preference is for Pilgrims Bay. He won a big handicap at Kempton last season without coming off the bridle and he generally travels strongly in his races, but doesn’t always find a great deal. He’s never tried this trip before so it could eek out further improvement. He is also relatively lightly raced. He wouldn’t want any rain, but his recent run will have put him spot on for this.

It’s worth noting that Betfair are offering 6 places for each-way bets in this race.

Royal Vacation (ew)3.00 Newbury25/1Betfair
Cogry (ew)3.00 Newbury14/1Betfair
Pilgrims Bay (ew)3.00 Newbury50/1Betfair


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Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle     

There are a few good punting opportunities elsewhere on the card.

OLD GUARD stands out in the Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle at 1.50pm provided he is over his big run in the Greatwood Hurdle thirteen days ago. This two and a half mile trip looks perfect from him.

Alan King has two strong options in this race and we actually prefer the outsider of the pair. Hopefully, the step up in trip will improve the lightly raced DINO VELVET.

Old Guard (ew)1.50 Newbury6/1Bet365
Dino Velvet (ew)1.50 Newbury14/1Bet365


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Ladbrokes Handicap Chase     

ITV’s action from the Berkshire track concludes with a handicap chase over two miles, where there are two horses worth backing at double figure prices.

First up is ROCK ON ROCKY who looked to be getting back to his best at Cheltenham last time out. He’s on a handy mark if the revival continues.

GREYBOUGG loves to front run and the drop back to two miles should suit those aggressive tactics. The worry is the form of the yard as they haven’t had a winner for a while.

Rock On Rocky (ew)3.35 Newbury12/1Bet365
Greybougg (ew)3.35 Newbury18/1Bet365


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Unibet Fighting Fifth Hurdle     

No horse is unbeatable, but up at Newcastle Champion Hurdle winner, Buveur D’Air, looks close to it in the Fighting Fifth. We actually think FLYING TIGER could prove more of a threat to him than Irving so we would suggest throwing a few quid at him each-way if you want an interest in the race.

Flying Tiger (ew)2.10 Newcastle16/1Bet365


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At The Races Rehearsal Handicap Chase     

We also fancy an outsider in the Rehearsal Chase.

DEDIGOUT makes his debut for the in form Micky Hammond and he is very well treated based on his best form in Ireland. He loves heavy ground and so could spring a surprise if revitalised by the move.

Of the market leaders, we like Yala Enki and BISHOPS ROAD, with preference for Bishops Road who is 10lbs lower than when fourth here last season.

Dedigout (ew)3.20 Newcastle40/1Bet365
Bishops Road (ew)3.20 Newcastle7/2Bet365


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