Saturday racing tips for Newbury, Leicester and Leopardstown
Our tipster reveals his four best bets for a Betway-sponsored card at Newbury, Leicester and Leopardstown on Saturday to form an each-way Lucky 15.
We begin with the Betway-sponsored Heed Your Hunch Handicap Hurdle, where I’m drawn to SEVARANO .
Oliver Sherwood’s six-year-old has been particularly impressive in his last three outings – finishing third behind Grade 1 winner Reserve Tank at Sandown before following that up with successive victories.
A victory over course and distance last time out was his most impressive performance to date, and I’m hoping for more of the same Saturday.
The Betway Mandarin Chase is up next and, in a very competitive field, I’m going to take a punt on BOUGHTBEFORELUNCH .
Trained by Paul Webber, this six-year-old has really hit form in 2019 (22232), and has traditionally coped well with the 3m trip.
He’s always been in the mix in his last few runs and is a fluent jumper, so I think he has a good chance to claim a first win in 13 months.
Across to Leicester now for the Silver Fox handicap where I think BELARGUS looks a great each-way bet.
He has just the one win from seven so far, though I do think he’s improving over fences and, were it not for a late mistake at Southwell when finishing fourth, he could have gone a lot closer.
He’s only a four-year-old so has a weight advantage over a lot of this field, and I think he’ll be right up there.
We’ll finish over in Ireland for the Savills Chase and, while many people may be favouring last year’s winner, Kemboy, I think ROAD TO RESPECT is the one to watch.
Noel Meade’s eight-year-old won this race in 2017 and was solid last season after an agonising defeat in the Irish Gold Cup with a respectable third in the Ryanair.
His reappearance in the Champion Chase at Down Royal was particularly impressive, beating recent King George winner Clan Des Obeaux by four lengths.
I was impressed with A Plus Tard on Friday but, should he win this, then he will be among the favourites for the Ryanair at this year’s Festival.
SEVARANO | BOUGHTBEFORELUNCH
EACH-WAY LUCKY 15
SEVARANO | BOUGHTBEFORELUNCH | BELARGUS | ROAD TO RESPECT