Newcastle Saturday Preview

11:45 - Robeam

The first race of the day at Newcastle is the Class 2 Juvenile Hurdle over two miles and we like the look of the Brian Ellison trained Robeam.

This three year old made his debut over hurdles in October coming over the flat and he was an emphatic 32 length winner at Sedgefield.

That gives him the leading form claims in this contest and although this is slightly tougher he looks tough to beat.

12:55 - Glenduff

Glenduff is a very interesting runner in the Class 2 Novices Hurdle over two miles six furlongs with this half brother to Relegate looking like a decent horse over obstacles.

Last season this five year old was smart in bumpers finishing second at Kelso on his debut and then fourth at Newcastle but over hurdles has looked much better.

He made his debut at Carlisle at the start of November and got off the mark in style seeing off a decent field of 17 and if improving could be dangerous again here.

13:30 - Lord Du Mesnil

The Class 3 Handicap just under three miles is looking for a certain stayer to take this contest and we believe Lord Du Mensil is just that.

This Richard Hobson trained runner has raced four times this season using his first two as prep runs and then in his last two has finished second consecutively.

His latest second came at Sedgefield behind a highly progressive runner for Neil Mulholland and that give him a leading form line entering this contest.

14:05 - Buveur D'Air

The feature race on the Newcastle card every year is the Grade One Fighting Fifth Hurdle and we have sided with Buveur D'Air to land the hat-trick of wins in this contest.

The eight year olds still believes he is the horse to beat in the two mile hurdling division and with the sad passing of Espoir D'Allen who landed last seasons Champion Hurdle for Gavin Cromwell, the division is now open again.

Buveur D'Air landed back to back Grade Ones at the Cheltenham festival in 2017 and 2018 but last season did not have his most convincing season results wise but still ran to a good standard.

He started his season off in this race as he did the season before putting in his best performance of the season when seeing off superstar Samcro like he was not there.

He then suffered a shock defeat to stablemate Verdana Blue in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day before getting back on track at Sandown in the Listed Contenders Hurdle.

His hat-trick bid in the Champion Hurdle loomed and if it wasn't for suffering his first fall of his career many think he would have picked up the pieces and landed the race that ultimately fell apart.

He headed to Aintree stepping up in trip and could only manage a narrow second to Supasundae but finished his season off in superb style showing that he still holds star ability when taking the Grade One Champion Hurdle at the Punchestown festival and reversing the form with Jessica Harrington's gelding.

Henderson's superstar has the Tuesday Cheltenham feature has his main target for the season and can start off his campaign nicely in this one.

15:20 - Kilfilum Cross

The Listed Handicap Chase brings to an end the racing from Newcastle on Saturday and we like the look of the Henry Oliver trained Kilfilum Cross.

This eight year old was superb last season in his first year over fences with the pinnacle of his campaign coming at the Cheltenham festival when finishing second in the Kim Muir.

He made his seasonal debut at the end of October at Stratford finishing third of 12 in a nice prep run that should prime him perfectly for this contest.

MPU

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