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Two to take on Champers with in Newbury’s 3.15

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Author: Darren Moore

Tags: Horse Racing

Published: 10:16 27/11/2015

The 3.15pm novices’ hurdle at Newbury today will turn out to be one of the better races of its kind this season, with a host of highly promising youngsters among the twelve set to go to post. Champers On Ice is going to be a pretty short favourite all things considered and while he is highly regarded and shaped well at Cheltenham last time out, there are plenty of reasons to take him on.

Paul Nicholls thinks highly of CHARTBREAKER, who is trading at decent odds of around 16/1. His jumping was a little sketchy on his debut at Ascot, but he has the appearance of a horse of some potential and if he can tidy up his method of jumping, he should do well this season. In Germany, the horse had some useful form on the flat so the residual ability is there. Hopefully, he can take a big jump forward today now he is stepped up in trip.

The other horse of note here is the Philip Hobbs trained TEN SIXTY, a big and strong 5yo by Presenting who caught the eye when finishing second in a pretty good bumper at Ffos Las when last seen in action back in April. The yard is in good form at the moment and Hobbs struck with Sternrubin here yesterday. You’d expect the National Hunt bred youngster to have schooled extensively at home and the fact he goes straight over hurdles, rather than taking in a bumper, speaks volumes of the intentions they have for the horse this season. He could be very smart.

The fact is though, many of these could be very smart. Ben Pauling has enjoyed an excellent start to his season as a trainer and his unbeaten Ballyhenry is evidently fancied to run well on his hurdling debut. Alan King runs Board Of Trade who is also respected, along with the more experienced Royal Vacation and another interesting bumper recruit in the form of Minella Awards.

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