Newbury Saturday Preview - 26/11/22

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

Newbury - November 26 2022
Newbury 12:15
Paddy Brennan

Poetic Music

J: Paddy Brennan
T: Fergal O'Brien
Age: 4
Weight: 11-0
Days: 23
Newbury - November 26 2022
Newbury 12:45
Tom O'Brien

Thyme Hill

J: Tom O'Brien
T: Philip Hobbs
Age: 8
Weight: 11-8
OR: 161
Days: 22

The first big race of the afternoon is the Grade Two John Francome Novices' Chase over 2m 7 1/2f and Thyme Hill on good ground for Philip Hobbs looks the pick of the bunch.

A superstar hurdler who's record speaks for himself a Grade One winner at Aintree's Grand National meeting in 2021, he has also landed a Challow Hurdle as a novice and Long Distance Hurdle during his career.

As well as those wins he is also known for putting up placed efforts in races like the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle, Long Walk Hurdle and Stayers' Hurdle at the 2022 Cheltenham festival.

Sent chasing this season at Exeter in the Silver Bowl Novices' Chase he showed serious ability to win easily and now against some younger horses he will need to be just as a good.

He is a better horse than these in the field and the only thing that can stop him are the fences.

Newbury - November 26 2022
Newbury 13:20
Ellis Collier

Cap Du Nord

J: Ellis Collier
T: Christian Williams
Age: 9
Weight: 11-4
OR: 130
Days: 21

A decent race Newbury is the Sir Peter O'Sullevan Memorial Handicap Chase and with a decent field going to post we have two each way selections.

Up to mark of 139 he was third in the Listed Sky Bet Handicap Chase and then in the February put up another good effort to finish fifth of 17 at Kempton off 142 and then he finished the season off in the bet365 Gold Cup and was a solid fifth again.

Poor in May 2021 in France and then again on seasonal debut at Chepstow, he then ran in this race last year off 135 and was a good fourth behind winner Rocco.

Another poor run at Kempton at Christmas saw his mark drop to 129 and at Doncaster in January he was a better third in the Listed Sky Bet Handicap Chase.

Dropped another 2lb to 127 he got back to winning ways at Kempton in a good Grade Three Handicap Chase and he then rounded off last season when a strong fifth in the bet365 Gold Cup.

Making his seasonal debut at Chepstow when needing the run as usual he went down to a mark of 132 for the Badger Beers Handicap Chase and chased home Frodon and Lord Accord back in third.

Dropped another 2lb for that win he goes into this off 130 and he has to be in the frame once more.

Newbury - November 26 2022
Newbury 13:20
Brendan Powell

Killer Kane

J: Brendan Powell
T: Joe Tizzard
Age: 7
Weight: 11-2
OR: 128
Days: 22

At a smaller price of 5/1 is the Joe Tizzard trained Killer Kane who had a lovely prep run ahead of this race and should be primed off his current mark to go close.

The Joe Tizzard trained gelding was bought for £300,000 in 2020 at the Cheltenham sales and although taking some time to warm up, looks to be a classy chaser.

Learning from his first three chase runs that were average, three starts ago on his first try at three miles he got off the mark in taking style, revelling in the trip at Kempton.

Up to a mark of 126 he landed a Listed Handicap Chase over 2m4f, staying well at the finish to land the prize.

Upped to a mark of 131 he went in search of a big pot at Aintree's Grand National meeting and was a decent third behind Sam Brown and Shan Blue.

Dropped 1lb to a mark of 130, he was still giving weight away on seasonal debut and he just faded late on into sixth in a 3m Handicap Chase at Exeter.

Dropping slightly in trip and down 2lb to a mark of 128, he looks interesting.

Newbury - November 26 2022
Newbury 13:55
James Bowen

Walking On Air

J: James Bowen
T: Nicky Henderson
Age: 5
Weight: 11-8
OR: 132
Days: 231

Next up is the Coral Racing Club Handicap Hurdle over 2m 4 1/2f and in a race full of potentially well handicapped horses, Walking On Air for Nicky Henderson could be the best of them off 132.

The five year old son of Walk In The Park made his rules debut in March last year at Kempton in a two mile bumper and was a good second behind Shallwehaveonemore.

Sent over hurdles last season he has only been seen twice but what a performance it was taking out a Novice Hurdle by 13 lengths over two miles on debut.

Sent up in trip at Aintree's Grand National meeting when last seen he was unfortunately pulled up but putting that down to a blip and having enough time off to mature as a horse, he was bought to be much better than a mark of 132.

Interesting contender.

Newbury - November 26 2022
Newbury 14:30
Harry Skelton


J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
Age: 5
Weight: 10-9
OR: 127
Days: 31

A decent race at Newbury on Saturday is the Gerry Feilden Intermediate Handicap Hurdle won by some nice horses in the past and this year Pikar for Dan Skelton could be a nice type.

Finishing last season when fifth of seven in the Grade Two Supreme Novices' Hurdle Trial behind Jonbon only just over nine lengths behind the winner, he was always set to be a nice type.

Showing his true form on seasonal debut this season he made an emphatic debut at Chepstow when landing a strong Novices' Hurdle by five lengths.

Given a mark of 127 that looks extremely lenient and he has a big chance of going close in this.

Newbury - November 26 2022
Newbury 15:05
David Noonan


J: David Noonan
T: David Pipe
Age: 9
Weight: 10-10
OR: 142
Days: 21

The big race of the day at Newbury on Saturday is the Coral Gold Cup Handicap Chase over 3m2f and we have picked out two runners at each way prices that should go close.

The first is the David Pipe trained Remastered who has had a wind operation and this time around it looks to have done the trick and got him back to his best.

Set to go extremely close off 4lb higher in this race last year when falling four out but well clear of the field, he then went to Haydock and finished a good second in the Tommy Whittle Handicap Chase.

Fourth of 10 in the Peter Marsh Handicap Chase over the same C&D, he then went back over hurdle for his final run last year when blowing up at the Grand National meeting.

Having a wind operation, he returned over hurdles in a Pertemps Qualifier at Aintree and the operation looks to have done the trick with him battling well to see off Milan Bridge.

It was a perfect prep run for this event and off a mark of 142 he should go close.

Newbury - November 26 2022
Newbury 15:05
Richie McLernon

Lord Accord

J: Richie McLernon
T: Neil Mulholland
Age: 7
Weight: 10-4
OR: 136
Days: 21

At a slightly bigger price is the Neil Mulholland trained Lord Accord who has done very little wrong of late and if in the same form could go close.

Having a prep run off a mark of 133 at Worcester in September, it acted as a good pipe opener ahead of the 3m1f Handicap Chase at Cheltenham in October where he went on to bolt up off a mark of 131.

Upped 5lb for that victory he was last seen in the Badger Beers Handicap Chase at Wincanton when narrowly going down to the superstar Frodon and off the same mark could play a part.

This is more competitive but being in some smart form of late hopefully he can carry that on.

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.