Saturday racing tips: Best bets for Warwick and Newbury
Our tipster talks you through his win double, four Lucky 15 selections and a juicy each-way shot from the weekend racecards.
14.05 – Mares’ Hurdle (Warwick)
This looks like a battle between Midnight Jazz and MIDNIGHT TOUR , and I’m going for the latter.
Trained by Alan King, she’s had a decent career with five wins and five placed finishes from 15 runs.
She is without a win since last April, which is a minor concern, but did have a positive run at Kempton in November, finishing behind La Bague Au Roi and Jer’s Girl.
Top weight at 11-4 will make this a tough challenge but she's proven to stay over 2m 5f and I think she looks a good bet.
14.40 – Betway Kingmaker Novices' Chase (Warwick)
Despite Saint Calvados being an odds-on favourite, I’m taking him on with NORTH HILL HARVEY .
Dan Skelton’s star put in a really good performance in the Henry VII Chase at Sandown and, if he hadn't been hampered at the last by Brain Power, would have finished a lot closer to Sceau Royal.
He was particularly impressive in his two wins at Cheltenham before that, beating the likes of River Wylde, Movewiththetimes and the aforementioned Sceau Royal over the two meetings.
A brilliant jumper and proven winner over this distance, I think he’s good value to cause an upset here.
15.15 – Warwick Castle Handicap Chase (Warwick)
Next up and I’m going for another from Dan Skelton’s yard in VALUE AT RISK .
He finished an impressive second to Unowhatimeanharry at Aintree in November and won a decent handicap hurdle at Doncaster when carrying top-weight at 11-12.
He’s really well-handicapped in this field and the fact he carries 1st 5lb less than Harry Fry’s Kylemore Lough makes him a firm favourite for me.
15.35 – Grade 3 Hurdle (Newbury)
In one of the biggest races of the afternoon, I’ve gone for what could be a tasty each-way shot in POPPY KAY .
She’s been in fantastic form coming into the race having won four of her last seven, including last time out when I tipped her at Sandown.
The eight-year-old is a course-and-distance winner and is nicely handicapped at 11-1.
Champion jockey Richard Johnson takes the ride once again and I think this looks a very nice each-way price.
16.10 – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (Newbury)
Final tip of the day comes at Newbury and I’m going for LOVELY JOB to get the job done.
Owned by the Rooneys, the eight-year-old has been brilliant over the last three years, notching up four wins, four seconds and two thirds.
He comes into the race in brilliant form (121-21) and was particularly impressive in wins at Hexham and Taunton.
A proven winner over this distance and with the ever-reliable Brian Hughes on board for the first time, I think this is a nice bet.
MIDNIGHT TOUR | VALUE AT RISK
MIDNIGHT TOUR | NORTH HILL HARVEY | VALUE AT RISK | LOVELY JOB