Newbury Saturday Preview - 27/11/21

Newbury - November 27 2021
Newbury 12:10
1
Tom Bellamy

Nina The Terrier

J:
 
Tom Bellamy
T:
 
Alan King
Age: 5
Weight: 11-3
OR: 133
Days: 23

The first selection of the day on Saturday comes in the Listed Novices' Hurdle and we can't look past the talented Nina The Terrier, who looks to have the measure of her market rivals.

The five year old was a fair horse in bumpers, winning her opener back in November 2020 and then knocking on the door in other events.

However, since the switch to obstacles she has looked a totally different horse landing a hat-trick of wins and even giving 3lb away on Saturday she looks to be the one to beat.

Having won nicely at Warwick in May on hurdles debut, she then went to Chepstow up in trip and was another facile winner of a fair event.

Last time out taking on Ahorsewithnoname and Elle Est Belle, giving away 8lb to the both of them, she sauntered clear in the final stages.

There is no reason why the others would reverse the form and she could be a very smart prospect for Alan King.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
13/11/22CHL16.5Gd11-35
29/10/22WET16GS11-0F
07/10/22CHP16Gd11-132
02/04/22NBY20.5Gd11-42
17/03/22CHL17Sft11-514
Newbury - November 27 2021
Newbury 12:40
4
Rachael Blackmore

Mr Incredible

J:
 
Rachael Blackmore
T:
 
Henry De Bromhead
Age: 5
Weight: 11-3
OR: 142
Days: 21

A very smart contest on the Newbury card is the Grade Two John Francome Novices' Chase over 2m7f and we think the value lies with the Henry De Bromhead trained Mr Incredible.

The five year old gelding was destined to be a nice horse off the back of his P2P when a good second in a smart event back in October 2020.

Bought for €75,000 and given to Henry De Bromhead, he made his hurdles debut at Christmas at Leopardstown when second behind the Grade One winning Gaillard Du Mesnil.

Looking to get off the mark next time out at Naas against another nice type for Willie Mullins in Glens Of Antrim, he managed to give weight away and win by close to five lengths.

The lightly raced gelding, was saved and sent over fences on his seasonal debut this term and looked to have a lot to do jumping the last but powered home to win a Beginners Chase by just over two lengths.

That run came over 2m3f and the step up in trip today looks like it will suit him down to the ground.

Exciting talent for a top yard.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
18/05/24AUT25.5VSft10-10PU
20/04/24AYR32Sft11-9PU
13/04/24AIN34.5Sft10-11UR
16/03/24UTT34Hy12-02
15/04/23AIN34.5GS10-4UR
Newbury - November 27 2021
Newbury 13:15
7
Tom Bellamy

Killer Clown

J:
 
Tom Bellamy
T:
 
Emma Lavelle
Age: 7
Weight: 11-5
OR: 138
Days: 34

The Class 2 Handicap Chase over 2m6f looks a competitive affair but the horse that takes the eye for us is Killer Clown for Emma Lavelle.

The seven year old progressively got better last term when taken over the bigger obstacles, having shown glimpses of form over hurdles the season before.

Having unseated his rider on chase debut, he then went to Uttoxeter and finished a good sixth of 18 in a handicap chase showing that he jumped fairly well.

Next time out he stepped up again to finish third behind Alnadam at Sandown, but then reversed the form with that horse when winning at Kempton on Boxing Day in a tough Limited Handicap Chase.

Up 15lb for that win he finished a length second at Newbury over 2m4f in the Greatwood Gold Cup Handicap Chase, which was arguably a career best run.

He finished the season off with another credible third in a Handicap Chase at Sandown off a mark of 141.

Back this term looking to step up to graded company in the Old Roan Chase he was outclassed into sixth, looking to need the run.

He should be much fitter for that event and back into a handicap off a mark of 138, which is the same as his second in the Greatwood Gold Cup, he should go well.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
26/04/24CHP19.5Gd11-13
09/11/23NBY20GS11-97
30/09/23MAR21.5Gd11-125
22/08/23WOR23Gd11-45
22/07/23MAR21.5Sft11-12PU
Newbury - November 27 2021
Newbury 13:50
7
Tom O'Brien

Masters Legacy

J:
 
Tom O'Brien
T:
 
Philip Hobbs
Age: 6
Weight: 10-13
OR: 134
Days: 49

Phillip Hobbs has bounced back to form this season in a big way and in this Handicap Hurdle he looks to have a huge chance with Masters Legacy.

The six year old son of Getaway was a smart hurdler at the start of his career with two wins and a place but at the back end of last term slightly lost his way like many of Hobbs' horses.

With the yard in form at the start of October, Masters Legacy got back to winning ways at Chepstow on seasonal debut when coming from the clouds to win a nice handicap hurdle off 132.

Only 2lb higher for his run on Saturday and stepping up in trip which will suit off the back of his debut run, he looks a big player at 11/2.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
14/11/22EXE24.5Gd11-103
04/11/22EXE24.5Gd12-01
08/10/22CHP19.5Gd11-16
19/03/22KEM21Gd11-115
29/01/22CHL17Gd11-1211
Newbury - November 27 2021
Newbury 14:25
1
Jonjo O'Neill Jr

Soaring Glory

J:
 
Jonjo O'Neill Jr
T:
 
Jonjo O'Neill
Age: 6
Weight: 11-10
OR: 149
Days: 28

A race that has turned out some superb winners in the past is sure to do so again is the Listed Intermediate Hurdle at Newbury and we fancy Soaring Glory.

The 11/10 favourite although giving weight away looks tough to beat if running to the same level as his recent form at Ascot.

Frequently seen last term, he beat Bravemansgame on seasonal debut before finishing a narrow second behind the talented Dusart over course and distance.

Pitched into a weak event he took the only fall of his career, but bounced back at Ascot when third behind the superstar My Drogo.

Given a few months off, he returned in the Betfair Hurdle off a mark of 133 and made a mockery of his mark to win the event by three lengths.

This then saw him sent into the Grade One Supreme Novices' Hurdle and ultimately he was outclassed by the Irish runners into fourth.

Not seen until March, he returned over hurdles again this term at Ascot in the Listed London Handicap Hurdle and in a great renewal he took the event in taking style.

That form sets the standard in the race.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
17/02/24ASC19.5GS11-016
27/12/23KEM16GS12-05
16/12/23DON16.5GS10-115
02/12/23DON16.5Gd12-02
13/11/23KEM21Gd11-45
Newbury - November 27 2021
Newbury 15:00
5
Sean O'Keeffe

Ontheropes

J:
 
Sean O'Keeffe
T:
 
W P Mullins
Age: 7
Weight: 11-7
OR: 153
Days: 48

The feature event of the afternoon at Newbury is the Grade Three Ladbrokes Trophy and we have two each way selections for the 21 runner event.

The first horse that takes the eye in the prestigious race is the Willie Mullins trained Ontheropes, who at 6/1 offers big value for the thriving yard.

The seven year old son of Presenting looks to have been a hard horse to train over the years, but Mullins seems to have found the key to getting him right and looks a big contender in this event.

In November 2020 he was seen finishing a four lengths second at Fairyhouse behind the Superstar Monkfish, but was not seen again until this term.

Sporting the colours of Cheveley Park Stud, He returned in October in the Munster National Handicap Chase over three miles off a mark of 141 where he won going away.

The Ladbrokes has been the big aim since that event and with Mullins targeting the event with other nice horses in the past, he is certainly not without a big each way squeak.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
20/04/24AYR32Sft10-115
10/03/24NAA25Sft11-37
25/01/24GOW25Hy11-4PU
27/12/23LEO24.5Sft11-10PU
27/01/22GOW25Sft11-15
Newbury - November 27 2021
Newbury 15:00
6
Brendan Powell

Fiddlerontheroof

J:
 
Brendan Powell
T:
 
Colin Tizzard
Age: 7
Weight: 11-4
OR: 150
Days: 27

Fiddlerontheroof is the second selection and he burst onto the novice hurdle scene two seasons ago with an impressive win in the Grade One Tolworth at Sandown on deep ground. 

He looked severely outpaced in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle after that and could only manage 11th, but after a break he returned to the track as a chaser in October.

Starting in a tight three runner field, he ran well enough for his first outing with If The Cap Fits running out the winner. 

His next start yielded his first chase win when taking out a Beginners Chase at Exeter and after that, he finished second in three Grade Two races over fences. 

Beaten by Caribean Boy at Newbury over 2.5 miles and then Allart over the same trip at Ascot, Fiddlerontheroof was sent off favourite both times and found one too good on each occasion. 

Moved up in trip to three miles, he again only contested in a small field. Coming second this time to Next Destination, but overall it was an improved run

It was another second for the Bridesmaid last at the Cheltenham festival in the Grade One Brown Advisory Novices' Chase, this time giving a career best performance to only be beaten by Monkfish.

He finished off last term at Aintree in the Mildmay Novices' Chase and having been burnt out throughout the season he could only manage third, a long way behind the winner.

Back for another season this term, this time going into open company, he made a very impressive seasonal return in the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Listed Chase, seeing off the likes of Silver Hallmark and Espoir De Romay.

He is certain to come on for that run and has always looked to be better over a decent trip and he gets that in this race, especially racing off a nice mark.

Big each way player.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
16/03/24KEM20.5GS11-116
11/02/24EXE24.5Hy11-11PU
26/11/22NBY26Gd11-9PU
07/11/22KEM21GS12-03
09/04/22AIN34.5GS11-45
Newbury - November 27 2021
Newbury 15:35
10
Sam Twiston-Davies

Grey Diamond

J:
 
Sam Twiston-Davies
T:
 
Sam Thomas
Age: 7
Weight: 10-13
OR: 132
Days: 28

The final pick of the afternoon is the Sam Thomas trained Grey Diamond who looks a potential improver off the back of his seasonal debut.

The seven year old last term was a consistent type that started to get more competitive towards the back end of the season when winning a good handicap chase off a mark of 128 at Sandown and then backed that up at Aintree in the Grade Three Red Rum Handicap Chase when a close fifth of 18.

Making his seasonal debut this term off a mark of 133 he finished a valiant third behind Amoola Gold and Monsieur Lecoq and that form has since been franked.

Off 1lb lower Grey Diamond is huge player in this event, with race fitness now on his side.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
25/02/24NAA15.5Sft11-710
03/02/24LEO17Sft10-1010
13/01/24FAI17.5Sft10-117
02/12/23FAI17Sft11-110
13/04/23AIN16GS11-87

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing