We pointed you in the right direction of two winners at Ascot and Haydock last weekend which is our way of saying that we wished we’d backed Al Ferof and Silviniaco Conti rather than Cue Card and Fox Appeal who were also in the sweet spot.
This weekend we’re going ‘oop north to Newcastle for the 2m Grade One Fighting Fifth Hurdle and the 3m ATR Rehearsal Chase.
Remember, anything in yellow is all good. Anything outside just needs to step up to the mark – a bit like Brendan Rodgers this season.
Short-priced fav Irving looks to have the race at his mercy after the defection of Sign of a Victory and Purple Bay but you probably don’t need us to tell you that. By way of apology here’s Camilla Henderson’s tip for Newbury on Saturday.
Paul Nicholls horses are flying and Irving needs to win this to put himself in the frame for a Champion Hurdle tilt after tipping up at the last at Wincanton where he may have won – but it wouldn’t have been too impressively
Arctic Fire performed well in handicaps last season and stepped up on that to get beaten when favourite for a Grade Two hurdle at Down Royal. He has the potential but has to step up again as does John Quinn’s mare Aurore D’Estruval who bolted up at Wetherby in a Listed contest.
If there’s any more chinks in Irving’s armour these two are sure to exploit it.
Selection: Irving @ 5/6
It’s hardly surprising that the two-time winner and reigning champ Hey Big Spender hits the sweet spot but there’s plenty lining up behind to knock the 11-year-old off his f****** perch. Victors Serenade beat Monbeg Dude (who runs in the Hennessy Gold Cup) at Chepstow last time out and carries a 7lb penalty into this.
Tutchec completed a four-timer over course and distance when beating Fentara five lengths last January but Nicky Richards’ charge is still 6lbs higher than his last win.
One who might have more improvement to come is David Pipe’s Broadway Buffalo. Kept good company over hurdles over this trip and ran third on his first handicap start over fences to Charingworth at Cheltenham with Mister Grez 14 lengths behind him.
Broadway Buffalo gets 15lb he gets from the veteran Hey Big Spender in this and that’s too much to ignore.
Selection: Broadway Buffalo @ 3/1
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