Thursday, November 27, 2008

Newbury notes - Friday

We have the Hennessy and the Long Distance Hurdle to look forward to on Saturday but tomorrow's card is strangely uninspiring - I won't be getting involved.

In the past the market has proved a decent guide to the opener with the first two in the betting winning seven of the past ten renewals.

Eighteen go to post in the handicap hurdle at 2.05 with Ballydub likely to be a poor value favourite on the back of his recent second to the impressive Punchestowns at Cheltenham. Henrietta Knight has had a couple of winners in the past week after a six-moth barren spell; she holds Ringaroses in high regard. Miko De Beauchene takes this in en route to the Welsh National at Chepstow on December 27th.

A disappointing turnout of just four for the Blue Square Novices' Chase at 2.40. I'd expected a better effort from Ring The Boss last time but he was comprehensively beaten by Breedsbreeze at Wincanton. Breedsbreeze had a five-day entry for this but the stable has opted to run Kicks For Free instead, so I'm guessing they must fancy their chance. Nicky Henderson fields The Market Man who has had his training problems but is a high class performer on his day. It's a race to watch rather than bet on.

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