Wednesday’s Horse Racing jumps actions come from the meetings at Leicester and Newbury. It is to the Berkshire racecourse we go for today’s Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions, starting with an extended 2m 7f novices’ limited handicap chase at 1.25pm.
Our other Horse Racing tips come in the following Listed mares’ chase, also run over the same trip at 2.00pm and finally a competitive two mile four and a half furlong novices’ hurdle at 2.35pm.
Our Tip for the 1.25pm at Newbury:
Trainer Nicky Henderson runs two in this novices’ limited handicap chase, the most interesting being chasing debutante Valsheda, a winner over hurdles at Exeter on his second career start back in May. An opening mark of 122 could prove lenient for the Milan gelding, while Quartz Du Rheu from the Jonjo O’Neill stable posts obvious claims following victories this season at Worcester and Carlisle.
Another contender with plenty of potential to make his mark over fences is the ex Irish-trained eight-year-old Barnaviddaun, now in the care of David Bridgewater.
Brendan Powell’s mount was running consistently well for previous connections, culminating with a victory in a competitive Naas handicap hurdle last November. Having his first outing for Bridgewater at Aintree’s Grand National meeting, Barnaviddaun made much of the early running until having to be pulled-up due to a burst blood vessel.
The son of Scorpion looks the type to do well over fences and could prove the value bet if fit enough on his reappearance.
Our Tip for the 2.00pm at Newbury:
The Paul Nicholls-trained mare Silver Forever has done very little wrong since joining the Ditcheat handler after winning a point-to-point back in 2018. Bumper wins came at Chepstow and Ascot along with creditable efforts in Listed contests at Huntingdon and Sandown.
The daughter of Jeremy did even better when sent over hurdles, winning three of her four races, the last being a comprehensive victory at Sandown in January 2020, with the high-class Indefatigable back in third place.
Following an absence of almost two years, the mount of Harry Cobden made her debut over fences at Newbury last month against sole rival Imperial Alcazar. Bookmakers could not separate the pair of talented performers in the betting. But the grey mare proved far too good, coming home by an easy six lengths.
The seven-year-old, a 20/1 chance with bet365 for the Mares Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, can enhance her chances for that race with a victory here at the main expense of Legends Gold from the Rebecca Curtis stable.
Our Tip for the 2.35pm at Newbury:
An above average novice hurdle featuring several contenders who should more than pay their way over the smaller obstacles. If there is a possible Graded performer in the field however it is likely to be the Richard Spencer-trained Wonderwall.
The son of outstanding stayer Yeats was not far short of the best Bumper horses of last season, the third and last outing of the five-year-old being a respectable seventh place in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival.
Eight and a half lengths back in tenth place on that occasion was potential main rival Shearer, from the Paul Nicholls stable. The mount of Adrian Heskin failed to justify odds of 4/11 on his hurdling debut back in October and will need to step up considerably on that effort to trouble Wonderwall who should take this before moving up in class during the months ahead.
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