Back Royale Knight To Provide Another National For Dr Richard Newland
Up and coming trainer Dr Richard Newland hit the jackpot back in April when his Pineau De Re did us a massive favour by landing our 28-1 tip for the Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree and while it is impossible to follow that victory in the world’s most famous steeplechase the stable can take another stamina-sapping contest at Sedgefield on Thursday afternoon in the shape of the Sean Magee’s Sedgefielders Durham National with Royale Knight.
Darly Jacob, a Grand National winner himself when partnering Neptune Collonges to victory in 2012, has been booked to partner the eight-year-old at the north-east venue and the son of King’s Theatre should take plenty of beating in the £20k contest run over 3m 6f following a highly encouraging seasonal reappearance when a creditable fourth over hurdles at Chepstow last month. The gelding was a most impressive winner at Kelso last December when racing off a mark of 112 and despite a rise of 12lb since then there is surely a decent prize to be won with this consistent stayer.
Third behind the classy Shotgun Paddy and Carruthers in Warwick’s valuable Betfred Classic Chase off his current mark back in January, a reproduction of which should be good enough to take the Sedgefield marathon for which he can be backed at 4-1 with several bookmakers including Bet365 and Paddy Power. The main danger to the selection is likely to come from the lightly-raced Dan Skelton-trained Many Stars who, with just the one run over fences, is open to plenty of improvement and could have been let in lightly off a mark of 120. The mount of Ryan Mahon is a standout 5-1 with Coral who offer money back on all fallers in UK Jump races.
ADVICE – 1 Point each-way Royale Knight 4-1 bet365