ITV Racing Tips: Irish raider can land the big one at Newbury

 | December 02 | 

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Morning all.

Great news - Newbury has passed an inspection, and will race. Four are scheduled to be shown live - but the coverage from Newcastle won't take place, as the Fighting Fifth meet has fallen foul of the inclement weather.

ITV could add bonus races to their coverage, and as soon as that information is known I'll update this piece. Their 'Opening Show' preview airs from 09.30, so if we don't hear beforehand we certainly will at that point.

Here's what's on offer at Newbury, including of course the big one - The Coral Cup.

13.40 2m 4 1/2f Coral Racing Club Handicap Hurdle
14.15 2m Gerry Fielden Handicap Hurdle - Grade 3
14.50 3m 2f Coral Gold Cup Handicap Chase - Grade 3
15.25 2m 1/2f Coral Handicap Chase

UPDATE; @09.35 Sat

ITV will show two bonus races, from Fairyhouse.

14.00 2m 1f EasyFix Equine Handicap Chase (Listed Race)

15.40 2m Willie Elliott & Summerhill Meath SFC Champions (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race

ITV Racing tips, Saturday

  • 13.40 Newbury - Rock My Way each-way @ 14/1
  • 14.15 Newbury - Brentford Hope @ 11/4
  • 14.50 Newbury - Mahler Mission each-way @ 8/1
  • 15.25 Newbury - The Russian Doyen @ 10/1

*Any bonus races - details/selection to follow (*update - see below - 2 added from Fairyhouse).

  • 14.00 Fairyhouse - Grey Diamond each-way @ 7/1
  • 15.40 Fairyhouse - Inn At The Park @ 6/4

13.40 Newbury - Rock My Way each-way @ 14/1

I'm not convinced by some of the shorter-priced combatants in this ITV opener, so a bit of each-way value is being sought courtesy of Rock My Way.

This 5-yr-old gelded son of German sire Getaway runs almost exclusively at Cheltenham, so he's invariably pretty highly-tried given that fact alone.

He finished fourth there last time out a fortnight ago, beaten just 4l, in admittedly a slightly lower grade, and has the benefit of jockey Freddie Gingell's 5lb claim today. Tries cheekpieces, and at a lovely price is a sporting e/w prospect.

Only 5 - bags of scope for improvement, and has potential.

14.15 Newbury - Brentford Hope @ 11/4

This one sauntered home over course-and-distance just over 3 weeks ago, and is in the hands of one of the sport's rising stars, Harry Derham.

The handicapper has had his say regarding that runaway success - he's up a whopping 11lb, and in such a hot handicap hurdle you'd think that would be terminal regarding his prospects.

However - this 6-yr-old seems to be on a very steep upward curve, and jockey Paul O'Brien knows him well. Happy to support Brentford Hope to defy the hike. His Dad Camelot could motor a bit, too.

14.50 Newbury - Mahler Mission each-way @ 8/1

The big one - a pre-Xmas fixture down the years won by some of the biggest names in the staying ranks of top chasers. Here's just a few - Many Clouds, Bobs Worth, Denman, Native River - it's a terrific contest.

I'm siding with a County Meath raider in the form of Mahler Mission, trained by John McConnell, and ridded by 3lb claimer Ben Harvey. This 7-yr-old gelding was red-hot in the spring, and on reappearance at Carlisle nearly 4 weeks ago finished a very creditable second in a Listed chase.

Looks to me that this has been the target, has a nice racing weight of 10st 10lb (less Ben's claim), and it would be no surprise to me whatsoever should he win or go very, very close. We're paying FIVE places e/w, so that's the sensible route to take.

15.25 Newbury - The Russian Doyen @ 12/1

Small field, and I'm playing a big outsider - but why not? The very warm combo of Jeremy Scott and jockey Rex Dingle combine here, and this seasoned 10-yr-old warrior returns to the fray after an absence of a mere 621 days. I know - it's asking a fair bit, but if he's straight I can see him running a very big race.

In great order when last seen, he's won here before and it's a shame only six are scheduled to start. An each-way punt in a much bigger field would have appealed, but to a very small stake I'm having a little flutter on this son of King George winner Doyen pulling off a bit of a shock.

*Any further races added by ITV, I'll update ASAP.

*And here we are - ITV update - two extra races from Fairyhouse.

14.00 Fairyhouse - Grey Diamond each-way @ 7/1

Gordon Elliott trains this 9-yr-old, formerly in the care of Sam Thomas until October. Won in the spring at Haydock, a proper tough jumping test, then went to Aintree for the National Festival meeting and ran very creditably in the Red Rum handicap chase.

We've not see him since, he's 9 rising 10 so it's almost now or never time, and this is a lovely pot to be chasing. Grey Diamond is with an outstanding yard and I can see him making hay. We're paying FOUR places e/w, so let's follow that wise path.

15.40 Fairyhouse - Inn At The Park @ 6/4

Easiest selection of the day. Closing Irish bumper, Grade 1 track, stable ramping up nicely? It just has to be WP Mullins, and son Patrick.

They saddle and ride respectively the 5-yr-old gelding Inn At The Park, in the famous Malcolm Denmark colours. He's by Walk In The Park, placed in the Epsom Derby, and it goes without saying that Willie's mastery of the bumper discipline is phenomenal. Can't think of another word to describe it.

He's odds-against at present and I'd say that was a bonus in itself. Elliott and Cromwell both oppose so it might not be any kind of picnic, but I wouldn't want to be with anyone else.

Have a great afternoon's sport. ITV Racing tips, from Betfred Insights.

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