Newbury And Doncaster ITV Preview 29/12/18

13:30 THE MANSIONBET HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE

Militarian has been thriving of late, and although stepping up into a tougher handicap, can continue to roll on for Andrew Martin.

Two victories of late, one at Taunton in a Class 4, before jumping up into Class 3 company at Fakenham and completing the double.

More needed again here, but further progression expected, with a good 7lb claimer aboard.

13:50 THE BETWAY HEED YOUR HUNCH HANDICAP HURDLE RACE

Getting towards the mid point of the cards and the next race see's the Alan King trained Rainbow Dancer feature for us in the Class 2 Handicap Hurdle over 2 miles 4 1/2 furlongs.

This five year old last time ran to a good standard coming back from a lengthy time out of the sport due to injury and showed a lot of encouragement for the future.

On Saturday this horse is going off at a decent mark and if progressing from his last run he could be a serious contender to at least place in this tough contest.

14:05 THE MANSIONBET YORKSHIRE SILVER VASE MARES' STEEPLE CHASE

Lady Buttons has cancelled her other entries over Christmas for a date in the Listed Silver Vase Mares' Steeple Chase.

Philip Kirby has been in flying form in the last 48 hours, and has a strong chance once again with this mare, who won a 2m handicap chase against the males at Newbury latest.

She definitely holds leading claims if staying this longer trip.

14:25 THE BETWAY MANDARIN HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE

The fifth race of the Saturday at Newbury see's the Betway Mandarin Handicap Chase over 3 miles 2 furlongs and in this Class 3 contest we have gone with Reikers Island to land the odds.

The current favourite for Phillip Hobbs is the top weight in the field but comes into this race with the form claims after racing twice this season and giving two strong runs.

His seasonal debut came at Exeter where he finished a decent third behind some smart chasers and from there he built on that and landed a Class 3 at Wincanton. If reproducing anything like this form he will not be far away.

14:40 THE MANSIONBET STEEPLE CHASE

Dropping in trip should bring Huntsman Son back to his best form, after some below par efforts in recent weeks.

Since going chasing, he finished a creditable runner up to Kalashnikov on debut, before we a poorer effort when more was expected at Uttoxeter last time.

Short lay-off, but a repeat of his December win last year should surely see him enter calculations.

15:00 THE BETWAY CHALLOW NOVICES' HURDLE RACE

The penultimate race of the day from Newbury see's the feature contest of the day with the Grade 1 Betway Challow Novices Hurdle over 2 miles 4 1/2 furlongs and we have selected Alsa Mix to win.

This slight outsider has a great chance tomorrow for Alan king after his recent performances which see him being unbeaten in all four career runs.

Last time out he really stepped up to the plate when he landed the Grade 2 Ballymore Winter Novices Hurdle at Sandown beating some smart horses and really making a name for himself on the hurdling scene. Can not be discounted tomorrow at a healthy price.

15:15 THE MANSIONBET HANDICAP HURDLE RACE

Commodore Barry has been in fine fettle this season, winning three of his four hurdle contests - with his one defeat only a two length deficit to the winner.

This 5yo's form has completely turned around in 2018 since he was fitted with a tongue-tie. He is open to further progress after his easy recent win at Southwell last time, and surely has a strong chance of moving forward.

Stable in good form also provides a big boost.

15:35 THE BETWAY NOVICES' HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE

The final contest of the day see's the Betway Novices Handicap Chase over 2 mile 6 furlongs and we have chosen Wenyerreadyfreddie to land this Class 3.

This seven year old for Nicky Henderson has not finished out of the top two places in all four starts this year winning two of them and is seeking a hat trick on Saturday.

Last time out he got back up well to win at Ascot in a Class 3 Chase and since then that form has been boosted with third place going on to win. He has the form claims to go on and dominate this race.

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