Top tipster Andrew Mount was among the winners again on Friday with Count Otto (5-2 from 3-1) and has five best over jumps on Saturday
EQUUS MILLAR – (12.40 Newbury, 1pt win - 10/1)
Seniors’ handicap hurdles crop up far less frequently than veterans’ handicap chases but it’s still worth siding with the youngest participants, in this case eight-year-olds. Simply backing this age group blind would have found eight winners from 45 runners (17.8% strike-rate) for a profit of £26.75 to a £1 level stake at SP. Last year, the four qualifiers in Newbury’s opener on Saturday finished first, second and fourth at 25-1, 9-4 and 40-1, with the other one unseating. Only three of the runners qualify, with EQUUS MILLAR the pick. Lightly raced for his age, he won a Haydock handicap chase on his penultimate start and is back over hurdles after his jumping let him down at Warwick last time. He’s only 1lb above his last winning hurdles mark and is likely to be prominent in a race featuring plenty of hold-up horses.
COLORADO DOC – (1.15 Newbury, 1pt win - 20/1)
Seven of the previous eight winners were aged ten and we only have two from that age group this year. The one I prefer is COLORADO DOC, despite form figures this term of PFP. All those can be excused – he was too free over course and distance on his reappearance and unsuited by right-handed tracks the next twice. Front-runners have enjoyed a huge advantage on the chase course here this season and if he settles in front he could surprise.
MOVIE LEGEND – (2.55 Doncaster, 1pt win - 16/1)
Lucy Wadham is in great form and MOVIE LEGEND, winner of this race two years ago off a 4lb higher mark, looks overpriced. His prominent style was massively favoured on the chase course yesterday and a recent spin in a jumpers’ bumper will have sharpened him up.
HUNTERS CALL – (3.15 Kelso, 1.5pts each-way - 7/1)
HUNTERS CALL has run massive eyecatchers on his last two starts – he fared best of the hold-up horses when third to Kateson at Aintree in a race that worked out especially well and then raced in the ‘swamp’ on the inside when third in the Lanzarote at Kempton. He doesn’t always find as much as looks likely at the business end but has form figures for his current yard of 114433 (2-6) and looks good each-way value with five places on offer.
RED INFANTRY – (3.30 Doncaster, 1pt win - 8/1)
Small fields are the key to success where RED INFANTRY is concerned, especially when combined with a prominent ride. The Ian Williams-trained veteran has form figures over obstacles in fields of nine or fewer runners of 215443121126 (4-12), improving to 141211 (4-6) when making the running or ridden prominently. He was a little disappointing in a veterans’ handicap chase here last time but his trainer/jockey had two winners here yesterday and he can bounce back.
Today’s Best Bets
Equus Millar – 1pt win – 12.40 Newbury (10-1 bet365)
Colorado Doc - 1pt win – 1.15 Newbury (20-1 generally)
Movie Legend – 1pt win – 2.55 Doncaster (16-1 generally)
Hunters Call – 1.5pts each-way – 3.15 Kelso (7-1 generally with the firms paying five places)
RED INFANTRY – 1pt win, - 3.30 Doncaster - (8/1 generally)
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