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Placepot Selections – NEWBURY (Friday 26th November)

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Places available per race are subject to change, if fields reduce in size


Race 1 (12:10pm) STAGE STAR

Two wins and two places in four starts so far, for this Paul Nicholls trained runner, winning on debut at Chepstow (2m, soft) back in October of last year in a bumper. After ending the season with places in a listed bumper at Ascot and a Grade 2 bumper at Aintree, he returned to Chepstow (2m 3f, good) for his seasonal / hurdle debut last month, easing to a 6 length win, ahead of Deeper Blue. He is a very exciting prospect and likely the one to beat.

Race 2 (12:40pm) NASSALAM

Another strong performer, this time under the stewardship of Gary Moore. He won his opening two starts, both at Fontwell in Juvenile Hurdles over 2m 1f, on soft and then heavy ground at the back end of last year. He was then upped to Grade 1 level and placed second at Chepstow (2m, soft) behind Adagio in a strong performance. He arguably disappointed in the Fred Winter back in March, but returned from a break to take the win on his chasing debut at Ascot last time out. Strong claims once again in this competitive, small field contest.

Race 3 (1:15pm) GOOD RISK AT ALL

Two wins and two places in four starts, so far for this Sam Thomas runner, winning a bumper on debut at Newton Abbot, before taking the Sheriff Of Gloucestershire bumper at Cheltenham (2m, soft) a year ago, when 1.5 lengths ahead of Grandeur D’ame. He then went made it a double ina listed bumper over C&D (good to soft) last February, before returning to action at Chepstow (2m, soft) and placing second on hurdling debut. More to come with that experience under his belt and is expected to feature prominently.

Race 4 (1:50pm) SOLO

Made a strong start to his carer over in France, including a win at Auteuil, before making a winning debut for Paul Nicholls’ yard at Kempton (2m, good to soft) in the Adonis Hurdle in February of 2020. Form had rapidly dropped off since, with a tenth of twelve on the final start of last season continuing the downward trend. However, a second on his seasonal and chasing debut at Ascot (2m 2f, soft) last month, his first run after a wind op, has renewed hopes of a return to earlier career form. Strong claims here, if able to build upon that run, with a big opportunity to get back into the winners enclosure.

Race 5 (2:25pm) UMBRIGADO

Six wins in fifteen starts for David Pipes charge, with the last of those back in March over C&D (2m 3f, good), in the Grade 3 – Greatwood Gold Cup Chase, beating Killer Clown by a length. Since then, he has struggled over hurdles, in Grade 1 company at Aintree and placed last of twelve in the Welsh Champion Hurdle last month, before seemingly finding his form again, when third at Bangor (2m 3f, good to soft) in a handicap hurdle, albeit 16.5 lengths adrift of winner, Hunter’s Call. A return to chasing is welcomed wholeheartedly here, with a massive improvement on the cards.

Race 6 (3:00pm) PAISLEY PARK

Nine wins in eighteen starts for this Emma Lavelle trained runner, with the last of those coming in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot (3m heavy) back in December of last year, when beating Thyme Hill by a neck. He has since placed third in the Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle at the Festival, before being pulled-up in the Liverpool Hurdle back in April. However, he looked near his best once again, when third in the Grade 2 – West Yorkshire Hurdle at Wetherby (3m, good to soft) last month, when 5.25 lengths behind Indefatigable, who features again here. However a 19lbs swing in Paisley Park’s favour should do the trick here.

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