Newbury stage day 1 of their excellent three day Winter Festival today which culminates on Saturday with the Hennessy Cognac Chase one of our greatest Handicap Steeplechases. All Trainers and Jockeys want to be involved in the winner and all punters want to back it.
There is something intensely satisfying about picking the Winner of this great race alongside the financial boost which is always nice! Last years very best Novices get the chance to go in a handicap against some of the best older horses. Who can forget Denman giving weight and a spanking to every other horse on two memorable occasions.
There is no Denman sadly this year but it promises to be a hugely competitive exciting renewal. The whole meeting has really upped its game and Newbury really is one of our top National Hunt courses now. The facilities for the racegoer are top notch too so if you do live anywhere near get yourselves along.
Top Trainer Nicky Henderson whose strike rate at Newbury is second to none is finally getting his yard into gear despite some high profile losses (1/6 on at Kempton on Monday ouch) and will be expecting a bucketload of winners over the next three days. His main adversary in the Champion Trainers Crown Paul Nicholls will be sending a strong unit as well and word has it is confident of winning the big race on Saturday with Rocky Creek.
It’s these big races with their huge prize funds which will determine whether Nicholls can retain his title from Henderson, one things for certain this hugely competitive man will be desperate to win it back. After the next three days we will be in a position to judge how this season is going and whether winning that title back is a realistic proposition.
At Stableline Gold we sit on top of the table for November and near the top of the all time table and we aim to stay on top of one and reach the top of the other. This is a huge season for us with the best inside info there is flying the way of the members early every morning. We get on nice and early and watch the price tumble. Join us, it’s better on the inside.
Have a great Newbury Festival everyone.
Back next Thursday.