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NIcky Henderson is looking at a Newbury winner later today

Jenkins is the shortest price of his quintet for the Hurdle at 11-1 having won his last two races. Also warranting serious respect is Lough Derg Spirit (14-1), who has been aimed at this contest and is potentially well handicapped.

But in a typically wide-open renewal, Irish Roe heads the betting at 8-1 after a gallant effort behind Maria’s Benefit last time and this tough mare shouldn’t be dismissed lightly.

That said Lalor (11-1) brings strong form to the race and is solid each-way material, while Waterlord (12-1) and Misterton (14-1) are the biggest losers in Unibet’s ante-post book.

Also on a thrilling card, Altior makes his belated seasonal debut in the Game Spirit Chase (3.00) and we are top price 8-15 for him to beat Unibet Desert Orchid Chase winner Politologue (13-8).

I watched Altior work on Tuesday and he was sublime. With no race fitness under his belt he could be vulnerable but that’s likely to be wishful thinking on behalf of backers of Politologue.

Gold Cup third Native River has his first start of the term in the Denman Chase (2.25) and bids to enhance his Cheltenham claims. Cloudy Dream has been popular opposition against the jolly at 9-4 and would be an apt winner for the Jefferson family.


Nicky Henderson has five runners at Newbury
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Nicky Henderson has five runners at Newbury

At Warwick, Saint Calvados is two from two in the UK and escapes a penalty so sets the standard in the Kingmaker Novices’ Chase at 2.40.

This race has gone the way of Long Run and Finian’s Rainbow in recent years, so is well worth giving attention.

North Hill Harvey gives weight all round but takes a step down in class and his trainer Dan Skelton is 25 per cent (eight from 32) at the track this season.

In the Listed Mares’ race at 2.05, we’ve laid sizeable bets on Jester Jet, who will relish underfoot conditions. But Woolstone One caught the eye at Doncaster so gets the nod under Gavin Sheehan.

In the Handicap Chase at 3.15 Value At Risk is well treated on his hurdles form.

TAIDGH WILSON (WILSONBET)

Saturday’s 3.35 at Newbury is always one of the best handicap hurdle races of the season. In recent years we have seen it won by younger horses with lower weights who are ahead of the handicapper.

However this year I am going for 11-1 chance Kayf Grace, who is an eight-year-old but lightly raced, plus she is trained by Nicky Henderson who has won the race five times.

Henderson is strongly represented again with five runners, all of whom hold a realistic chance, so for Wilsonbet account holders I’ve come up with a boosted price of 5-2 for any of his runners to win.

Also we will be settling all each-way bets on the race at ¼ the odds the first five places.

The Newbury 1.50 sees Barters Hill (11-4) reappear but I prefer the chances of King Uther (5-1), who won like a real stayer at Warwick recently. He’s trained by in-form Chris Gordon and has champion jockey Richard Johnson on board.


Kayf Grace
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Kayf Grace

In the Warwick 3.15 I am looking for Cogry (10-1) to gain compensation for his run at Sandown last week when he didn’t get past the first. Previously he ran a good race here and a repeat of that would give him a great chance.

In the Six Nations we’re paying a 10 per cent bonus on any handicap treble.

Italy +32pts at 10-11 against Ireland looks the bet in the first match on Saturday. Italy put in a great effort for an hour against England, while Ireland managed to score only 15 points last week.

England play at Twickenham against a Welsh team high on confidence after thrashing Scotland. The most Wales have lost by in their last three meetings with England is five points, so I feel the Welsh +14 (8-13) is the bet here.

France +5 (10-11) is my choice for the final match in Scotland.

SCOOP6 TIPS TO WIN £450,000 BY MARK PEARSON (BETFRED)

After five rollovers there is an estimated £450,000 in the pot and an extra £100k for an individual Betfred or Totepool winner.

We start at Newbury where recent winner King Uther can score again.

The Warrior, who has won or been placed on five of his eight all-weather starts, can earn a deserved success at Lingfield.

Back to Berkshire and Knocknanuss to again land this prestigious prize for Gary Moore. Our choice has never been out of the first two in seven starts.

Three Ways is taken to land the staying handicap chase and follow up his Catterick win, while Very Honest can make good use of stall two to take the sprint for leg five.

We like Good Boy Bobby for the final-leg bumper.


Newbury race course
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Newbury race course

SELECTIONS

Newbury 1.50
King Uther

Lindfield 2.55
The Warrior

Newbury 3.35
Knocknanuss

Newbury 4.10
Three Ways

Lindfield 4.35
Very Honest

Newbury 4.40
Good Boy Bobby



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