12.10 - Ladbrokes Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Listed, 2m)
Nina The Terrier landed a novices' hurdle over C&D at the beginning of the month, Alan King's charge doing so with today's rivals Ahorsewithnoname and Elle Est Belle behind in second and third places.
That duo are worse off on these terms but it's no forlorn hope to suggest Dan Skelton's Elle Est Belle can avenge that reversal if she jumps with more fluency this time. The Fame And Glory mare is expected to go close.
So, too, Nicky Henderson's THEATRE GLORY under Jonjo O'Neill Jr. The 4YO filly justified cramped odds on debut in a Worcester bumper in May, making all, and followed up on hurdles bow at Huntingdon 17 days ago. She can also hope to hurdle more fluently, but she quickened in good style to win that race and is no doubt capable of plenty better for her Seven Barrows handler now.
Selection: Theatre Glory
Next Best: Elle Est Belle
12.40 - Ladbrokes John Francome Novices' Chase (Grade 2, 2m7½f)
MR INCREDIBLE was positively lifted home by Rachael Blackmore at Naas (2m3f, yielding) earlier in the month. The partnership looked in real bother early in the home straight in attempting to come from off the pace but they rallied home in thrusting style under a majestic ride and were more than two-lengths in front at the post in that 18-runner Beginners Chase.
Going up in trip should only prove a positive and this is a very interesting piece of race-targeting from Henry De Bromhead as he's found a very winnable Grade 2. His charge may be good enough to account for these three older rivals.
Ahoy Senor took the scalp of Bravemansgame over timber at Aintree in the spring, doing so well from the front, and while he unseated Derek Fox at Carlisle (2m4f, soft) last month on his chasing bow, he certainly offered something to work with in a race won by leading Ladbrokes Trophy hope Fiddlerontheroof.
Ashtown Lad may attempt to go from the front, as he did on last month's winning chase bow at Wetherby over this distance, which could inconvenience Ahoy Senor, while Flash Collonges was a useful hurdler for Paul Nicholls last term and goes chasing now on the back of a wind op.
Selection: Mr Incredible
Next Best: Ashtown Lad
1.15 - Sir Peter O'Sullevan Memorial Handicap Chase (2m6½f)
A winner over 2m4f here in March from this mark, the Tom George-trained ESPOIR DE TEILLEE looks to be worth some interest back at Newbury and going beyond that distance for the first time on British shores.
The 9YO can admittedly be a little bit in and out in his efforts at times bit his last-time-out third at Chepstow was a positive effort and the assessor has dropped him 2lb from that mark of 144.
The pair that beat him weren't disgraced in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham this month and Tom Scudamore's mount is an interesting each-way contender in this line-up.
Kauto The King has become a prolific winner for Colin Tizzard and is considered, though he's got more on his plate now and was given a helping hand at Wincanton last time.
Topofthecotswolds will relish this longer trip and is a contender for Nigel and Sam Twiston-Davies, while any market support behind returning Kapcorse for Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden commands respect too.
Selection: Espoir De Teillee
Next Best: Topofthecotswolds
1.50 - Get Your Ladbrokes 1 Free Bet Today Handicap Hurdle (2m4½f)
Ch'tibello is the class horse in the line-up but the Skeltons runnner is a 10YO now and hasn't won since 2019. With three wins in 25 career starts, he's not prolific and while it wouldn't be any shock to see him running well back from a year off, others are preferred for win purposes.
Calva D'Auge has won his last four over hurdles for Paul Nicholls, including at Kempton (2m5f, good) this month on his first run since April. He made all in that contest and saw things out well, so a 2lb rise looks about fair - though Angus Cheleda's claim is also down from 7lb to 5lb here so more is required from them.
Fred was a 50/1 hope in the Betfair Hurdle here in the spring and while he hasn't quite fulfilled his potential yet, the French-bred has been given a chance by the handicapper now if ready to grasp it back up in trip.
His Nicky Henderson-trained stablemate LECALE'S ARTICLE won here on soft ground over shorter last December on his first start for Seven Barrows, some 970 days after he'd won a point-to-point in Ireland. He shaped well in novice events at Warwick and Sandown in the spring, and promises to be suited back up in distance now moving into handicaps. Tom Cannon rides here and an opening mark of 125 could be lenient.
Selection: Lecale's Article
Next Best: Calva D'Auge
2.25 - Ladbrokes Committed To Safer Gambling Intermediate Hurdle (Listed Limited Handicap, 2m½f)
SOARING GLORY returns to the scene of his finest success, having won the Betfair Hurdle here in February in good style off a mark of 133.
He was a remote fourth in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle afterwards at Cheltenham and made his seasonal comeback at Ascot last month, defeating Leoncavallo and 12 more rivals in good fashion off 143.
He's up a further 6lb now and cedes 8lb and more to these three rivals, but Jonjo O'Neill's charge looks to be still firmly on an upward trajectory and he's the one to beat again in this small field.
Gowel Road is a dual C&D winner himself and scored a fortnight ago at Cheltenham over 2m5f, he's up 7lb and perhaps Nigel Twiston-Davies' runner isn't going to be ideally suited dropping trip in what may be a tactical affair.
Captain Morgs justified favouritism at Ascot eight days ago, but needs more to win this for the Henderson team, while Onemorefortheroad is improving with each start, knows how to win and would be dangerous if allowed an easy time in front.
Selection: Soaring Glory
Next Best: Onemorefortheroad
3.00 - Ladbrokes Trophy Chase (Grade 3 Handicap, 3m2f)
The main event of Newbury's two-day Winter Carnival and, as always, this prestigious handicap is a proper puzzler.
Irish horses don't have a strong record - one win this century - but Willie Mullins runs three today and is seeking to repeat what he managed with Total Recall in 2017 as Ontheropes arrives here having won the Munster National last month. Brahma Bull has top-weight and it might be that Annamix is the value amongst Mullins' trio.
Eklat De Rire represents Rachael Blackmore and Henry De Bromhead and is potentially going to have a say on handicap bow, though last year's winner Cloth Cap has much more on his plate if he's to become just the fourth horse to win multiple renewals of this great race.
Of those at the front of the market it is FIDDLERONTHEROOF that makes most appeal for the rejuvenated Colin Tizzard yard. While many of the yard's horses were out of sorts last season, Fiddlerontheroof was reliable at all times, including chasing home Monkfish at the Cheltenham Festival.
Last month's winning return at Carlisle looks a solid effort and his stamina should not be in doubt back up in distance. A mark of 150 is far from prohibitive for Brendan Powell's mount, with the rider looking to build on last weekend's superb winning ride on Lostintranslation at Ascot. Tizzard bids to win this race for the third time in six years and has strong claims.
An outsider's chance is given to One More Fleurie for Ian Williams, who should be plenty sharper for last month's Ascot return where his effort petered out late. He was progressing nicely back in the spring at three-miles and given he likes to be ridden forward, he's just the type to outrun his price if getting into a good rhythm in this tough contest.
Next Best: One More Fleurie
3.35 - Watch Racing Free Online At Ladbrokes Handicap Chase (2m½f)
Last weekend's Ascot third was another solid run from Sully D'oc Aa and he should be in there pitching once more despite carrying top weight in this quick turnaround. Gumball shaped well on first chase start for new handler Fergal O'Brien at Carlisle this month and is on a workable mark having been eased 3lb since, while Liam Harrison's claims helps too.
FRERO BANBOU impressed when scoring at Sandown in March for the Venetia Williams team on his first start following a wind operation. He went up 13lb for that and didn't disgrace himself in the Red Rum at Aintree in April, while he might have needed the run at Ascot (2m1f, soft) last month on his seasonal return in what was a better race than this one.
The handicapper has eased him 2lb and it's still early days for the French import, so he's given a chance to shine in the finale.
Selection: Frero Banbou
Next Best: Gumball
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