The meetings at Newbury and Newcastle stage some high-class jumps action on Saturday afternoon, the big betting race of the day being the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at the Berkshire racecourse. We will provide a Horse Racing tip, preview and prediction for this valuable 3m 2f handicap, due to be run at 3.00pm.
Our second Horse Racing tip at Newbury comes in their finale at 3.35pm, a 2m handicap chase for the Jim Joel Memorial Trophy. Over at Newcastle, we will supply a Horse Racing tip for one of their main handicap chases of the season, the extended 2m 7f Betfair Exchange Rehearsal Chase at 2.05pm.
Our Tip for the 2.05pm at Newcastle:
Just creeping into this valuable handicap chase off joint bottom weight of 10st, the Sandy Thomson-trained The Ferry Master, well supported in the ante-post market, ticks plenty of boxes in an effort to win this major handicap on Newcastle’s Fighting Fifth Hurdle day.
The Elusive Pimpernel gelding, a winner over course and distance on this day last year, has taken well to fences culminating last season in a creditable fourth place in the Scottish Grand National at Ayr.
The mount of Craig Nichol may have found that distance of 4m a step too far at this stage of his career and should be better suited by this trip of just short of 3m. The Ferry Master had a nice warm up for this race when third at Musselburgh earlier this month and with a featherweight to carry should take plenty of beating.
The main dangers may come in the shape of Spiritofthegames, from the Dan Skelton stable, and last year’s third Cool Mix.
Our Tip for the 3.00pm at Newbury:
Off a lenient mark of 136 and with ground conditions very much in his favour, it was no surprise to see the Jonjo O’Neill-trained Cloth Cap turn last year’s race into something of a procession, as the mount of Tom Scudamore ran his rivals ragged with an exhibition of accurate jumping and front-running tactics.
Move forward 12 months and son of Beneficial will attempt to become the first back-to-back winner of this famous handicap, formerly known as the Hennessy Gold Cup, since the incomparable Arkle back in 1964/65. On this occasion however, the gelding will be racing off a mark 18lb higher than was the case last year.
One thing in Cloth Cap’s favour is the possibility of enjoying an uncontested lead once again, as the only other confirmed front-runner is Remastered from the David Pipe stable. With ground conditions expected to suit and if able to get into the same kind of rhythm as that of 12 months ago, another massive run from the talented chaser would be no great surprise.
As is usually the case in this race, the possibility exists that a well handicapped contender could be lurking further down the weights, a remark which may apply to the Kerry Lee-trained Demachine. With a strong Irish challenge, headed by Ontheropes and Eklat De Rire, along with the likes of Fiddlerontheroof and Enrilo, this could prove to be an above-average renewal of the great race.
Our Tip for the 3.55pm at Newbury:
The Heather Main-trained Numitor created a good impression when making all to record a third victory over fences at Wetherby last month. The mount of Tom Scudamore runs off a 5lb higher mark here but the son of Schiaparelli still looks capable of following up at a track that should suit his style of racing.
When the seven-year-old is allowed to dictate matters up front, the excellent jumper of a fence can take some pegging back if getting into a good rhythm. Numitor can have a tendency to jump left on occasions and despite a victory at Wincanton is more at ease on a left headed racecourse such as Newbury.
At a double-figure price, the gelding looks the each-way value bet in an open race. Few of the 13 runners can be ruled out completely, with Grey Diamond, Eclair D’Ainay and bottom weight Il Ridoto feared most.
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