Who To Follow At Newbury On Saturday - 26/11/22

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

Newbury - November 26 2022
Newbury 15:40
Brendan Powell

Amarillo Sky

J: Brendan Powell
T: Joe Tizzard
Age: 6
Weight: 11-13
OR: 144
Days: 15

The final event of the afternoon from Newbury is the Class 2 Handicap Chase over 2m 1/2f and Amarillo Sky for Joe Tizzard is the stand out selection.

The £280,000 purchase really came into his own last season and having been dropped back to a mark of 140 for this event he looks interesting.

Being an up and down hurdler showing signs of ability but then never running any races, he took to chasing much better last term.

Finishing a fair fourth on chase/seasonal debut at Chepstow in a handicap, he then went to Wincanton and got off the mark for the season in decent style, beating the smart Thyme White.

He then went to Ascot off a mark of 131 and finished a good second to the progressive Brave Seasca who went on to run in the Arkle last season.

Looking the likely winner next time out he took a novicey tumble, but got back on track in a big way at Newbury when winning a good handicap event by 10 lengths.

Raised 8lb for that he went into the Grand Annual Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham festival and in torrential conditions plugged on well for fifth.

Sent into Grade One company at Aintree he was outclassed and probably the run came way too soon after the festival.

Making his seasonal debut at Cheltenham's November meeting 3lb lower to a mark of 140 in much calmer waters, he was a superb winner from the front and having only gone up 4lb for that run and the trainer pinpointing this as a big target, he looks a good bet.


Trainer To Follow - Joe Tizzard

Joe Tizzard sends some smart runners to Newbury on Saturday having big chances in some of the handicap events and we think he is the trainer to follow across the afternoon.

The first big runner of the afternoon for the Tizzard's is Killer Kane in the Sir Peter O'Sullevan Memorial Handicap with the seven year old having a big chance off 128.

In the big race of the day the Coral Gold Cup, Tizzard sends three chances into the race with Fiddlerontheroof, who was second in the race last year, Oscar Elite who goes back over fences and the Betfair Chase winner Lostintranslation.

Finally, the trainers best chance of the day comes from Amarillo sky in the lucky last with the six year old fresh off the back of a great performance at Cheltenham.

Jockey To Follow - Harry Skelton

Harry Skelton could be set for a big afternoon at Newbury on Saturday starting in the opener on board She's A Saint who holds some nice form.

In the 2m 4 1/2f Handicap Hurdle Wet Balboa could be the dark horse in the race being lightly raced and having potential to improve.

One of Skelton's best chance of the afternoon is Pikar in the Gerry Feilden Intermediate Handicap Hurdle with the gelding fresh off the back of a solid victory at Chepstow.

Skelton then rides Le Milos in the Coral Gold Cup with the gelding set to run a big race for the yard and in the finale Eclair D'Ainay could go close on his first run of the season.

The rider heads into the weekend sporting a strike rate of 22% for the last two weeks, managing eight winners from his last 36 rides.