We got off to a flying start at Newbury on Friday with La Bague Au Roi storming home advised as our NAP at 6/4. Aso won easily too at 10/1, while Clyne ran a cracker to grab 2nd at 16/1 behind Unowhatimeanharry. Hit The Highway was disappointing, but you can’t win them all! You can check our Newbury Saturday racing tips below…
1.50 Newbury Saturday: Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle (Class 2)
A field of 15 will go to post for this 2m 4f handicap hurdle. Each way players should keep an eye out for bookies paying 4 places. At a nice price Man Of Plenty could go well here after a luckless run at Cheltenham. He was badly hampered at a crucial time and he could have finished a fair bit closer only for that incident.
Man Of Plenty has raced exclusively at 2 miles so far this season. The step back up in trip to 2m 4f looks a big positive. His last run beyond 16f saw him run a cracker in 2nd at the Punchestown Festival. The soft ground should suit at Newbury too. He races off a feather weight, Sean Houlihan claims 5lb and at odds of 20/1 Man Of Plenty could hit the frame for Sophie Leech.
TXODDS’ NEWBURY SATURDAY TIP: MAN OF PLENTY E/W @ 20/1 NAP
2.25 Newbury Saturday: Ladbrokes Listed Intermediate Handicap Hurdle (Class 1)
Nine horses have been declared for this 16.5f Listed handicap hurdle and it looks a tricky enough puzzle to solve. The soft ground will not suit a few in this field but one horse that will relish the conditions is Lisp for Alan King and Wayne Hutchinson. This 4yo son of Poet’s Voice was well fancied when falling at Cheltenham, sent off at just 10/1.
He made a very impressive return to action a couple of weeks ago at Fontwell, winning a 17f handicap on good to soft by 7L off 130. A 7lb rise looks more than fair and he could progress again. He has yet to finish out of the first three when completing when the ground has been on the soft side and at odds of 12/1 he looks well worth chancing each way.
TXODDS’ NEWBURY SATURDAY TIP: LISP E/W @ 12/1
3.00 Newbury Saturday: Ladbrokes Trophy Chase (Grade 3)
The feature race at Newbury this weekend is the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase. A stellar field of 13 will line up at the start and at a big price Flying Angel could be the one to be on. This 7yo son of Arcadio was below par last season, but he showed definite signs of life when 2nd at Ascot (21f gd) a week ago in a visor for the first time.
This former Grade 1 winner races off a mark of 146 and he looks a very well handicapped horse. He has to prove he stays 3m 2f, but his dam is by Roselier, usually a massive stamina influence. Tom Bellamy keeps the ride after getting a good tune out of Flying Angel last time and at odds of 20/1 he is the each way pick with 4 places e/w available.
TXODDS’ NEWBURY SATURDAY TIPS: FLYING ANGEL E/W @ 20/1
3.35 Newbury Saturday: Ladbrokes Handicap Chase (Class 2)
Ten horses have been declared for the final race of the day at Newbury, a 16f Class 2 Handicap Chase. As the betting suggests, this looks a wide open heat and a case can be made for most. One horse that has been overlooked is Rock On Rocky. He ran much better than the distance beaten suggests at Cheltenham last time. Also, he was second in this last season and he was a wide margin winner here back in March off 123.
He is admittedly 6lb higher now off 129 but he has won off 130. That shows he is capable of getting involved off his current rating. He will also enjoy the ease in the ground. Stan Sheppard claims a handy 3lb and he has been on board for Rock On Rocky’s last five wins. At odds of 20/1 he looks a solid each way bet in a wide open race.
TXODDS’ NEWBURY SATURDAY TIPS: ROCK ON ROCKY E/W @ 20/1 NB