Newbury’s two-day Coral Gold Cup meeting gets underway on Friday afternoon and ITV3 cameras will be covering the final five races. We have tips for all contests, the highlight of which is the Grade 2 Coral Long Distance Hurdle at 3.05pm.
“Tip of the Day” - Champ (3.05pm Newbury) - 15/8 with Betfred
If in the same kind of form as when winning Ascot’s Long Walk Hurdle on his first outing of last season, Nicky Henderson’s Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle fourth can prove too good for main rival Proschema.
1.20pm Newbury, 2m 4 1/2f - Heezer Geezer (Each Way)
An informative novices’ hurdle to start ITV3′s five-race coverage featuring several who should make their mark over the smaller obstacles in the months ahead, headed by Paul Nicholls’ impressive point-to-point winner Stay Away Fay.
Egbert and Russian Ruler are two more with obvious chances but the vote goes to the Dan Skelton-trained HEEZER GEEZER (e.w.) and jockey Harry Skelton. A Doncaster Bumper winner back in February, the five-year-old made a promising hurdling debut at Aintree last month, going down by three quarters of a length to winner Mahons Glory.
The third and fourth horses in that race, Mexico and Ginny’s Destiny, gave the form a boost when totally dominating a novices’ hurdle at Warwick last week and with that Aintree run under his belt, Heezer Geezer can go one better than his debut second.
Heezer Geezer is expected to improve on his promising debut run
At 9/2 a £10 win bet would return £55
November 25, 2022
1:20 pm GMT
1.55pm Newbury, 2m 4f - Wonderwall (Each Way)
Only five runners but an excellent renewal of this Grade 2 novices’ chase. Stage Star never looked in danger of defeat on his chasing debut at Warwick earlier in the month and is clearly the one to beat in receipt of 5lb from both Beauport and Sabastapol.
Camprond, a 147-rated hurdler, got no further than the first fence when unseating rider Aidan Coleman on his chasing debut at Exeter recently when fancied to beat the classy McFabulous. But the outsider of the field, WONDERWALL (e.w.), may have been underestimated at odds of around 16/1 (was 25/1 early doors) with James Bowen’s mount possessing just as much potential as any of his rivals.
Seventh behind Sir Gerhard in the 2021 Champion Bumper, the Richard Spencer-trained gelding won one of his three runs over hurdles, but, with a bit of luck, could have won all three following a bad mistake at the last at Newbury when looking in control along with a final flight fall in Huntingdon’s Sidney Banks when holding every chance.
Having his first start for over nine months, the fitness of the son of Yeats has to be taken on trust, but at current odds it is a chance worth taking.
2.30pm Newbury, 2m 4f - Paint The Dream (Next Best)
The consistent Numitor has done us a couple of favours in the past but is at his best with plenty of cut in the ground, while Caribean Boy, talented on his day, has become hard to catch right. This leaves Beakstown and PAINT THE DREAM as the two to concentrate on.
The former made a fair reappearance when not beaten far in Aintree’s Old Roan Chase and gets weight from his five rivals. But the Fergal O’Brien-trained Paint The Dream has a good record on the course (two from two over fences) and will appreciate the return to handicap company after running well for a long way behind Bravemansgame in Wetherby’s Charlie Hall on his most recent start.
3.05pm Newbury, 3m - Champ (Nap)
In a race where Dashel Drasher, as was the case at Aintree earlier in the month, is expected to take them along at his own pace, tactics which are unlikely to suit the strong staying Paisley Park, this may develop into a match between impressive Wetherby scorer Proschema and Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle fourth CHAMP.
Nicky Henderson’s charge produced his best form first time out last season when beating Thyme Hill in Ascot’s Long Walk Hurdle and is preferred to the Dan Skelton-trained Proschema, who was possibly flattered by that Wetherby Grade 2 victory, based on what the horse had achieved previously.
3.40pm Newbury, 3m - Barbados Buck’s (Each Way) (Longshot)
Top weight Shearer was unlucky to be brought down by fellow rival Padleyourowncanoe at Cheltenham’s Paddy Power Gold Cup meeting, a race won by our 12/1 selection Annual Invictus. I never thought that Shearer was travelling particularly well at Prestbury Park and the Paul Nicholls-trained gelding faces no easy task here in conceding weight to his 13 rivals.
Pileon is interesting on his second start for trainer Christian Williams (first came in a chase at Exeter) based on his novice form of two years ago when just beaten in the Martin Pipe at the Cheltenham Festival off a 7lb higher mark. There is a valuable handicap hurdle to be won with Jack Tudor’s mount who is probably best watched at the moment.
Along with Shearer, Paul Nicholls’ Ditcheat stable are also responsible for Time To Tinker and BARBADOS BUCK’S (e.w.) and it could be worth taking a chance on a form revival for the last named, the mount of 5lb claimer Angus Cheleda.
Rated 143 as a novice in 2021 when running better than his Albert Bartlett finishing position of eleventh would suggest at the Cheltenham Festival, the seven-year-old failed to take to fences at this time last year. Following a wind op during the summer and now running off an attractive mark of 128, the Getaway gelding is certainly well treated on his best form.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.