Newbury stage a vital day of racing and Cheltenham Trials today and the course has taken all precautions to get this meeting on.
Covers have been down all week over the whole course A great example to other courses and we are all set to go.
It will be fantastic to see superstar Altior strut his stuff, he remains a horse of immense potential and I wonder if Nicky Henderson sometimes wishes he had kept him over hurdles as he says the Champion Hurdle market unravel. But the decision was made to send him chasing and so far he has been faultless.
We then have the match between Bristol de Man and Native River in the Denman Chase. I will be at Newbury today and it’s hard not to think of the great Denman charging down this home straight. Todays race should be a cracker and massive respect to Colin Tizzard and Nigel Twiston Davies for running these horses and letting us see them, take note Mr Mullins.
But they are for starters as the main event is the Betfair Hurdle one of the best Handicaps run all year and todays looks a cracker. This is one of the first handicaps where novices take on the old guard and in this race it’s often wise to side with a progressive novice who is ahead of its rating as opposed to an exposed older horse. Ballyandey looks the perfect type for this race and his Trainer is typically bullish about his chances. He gets in here off 11 stone 1 and that looks a winning mark. 9/2 with bet365 should be availed this morning as I can see this going off much shorter.
Join my Race Club I have three Big gambles going down today and these are strong, Cheltenham is on the horizon this is the time to get with me .
Back next Saturday.
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