Who To Follow At Newbury On Friday

Horse To Follow - Paisley Park

The feature race of the day at Newbury is the Grade Two Long Distance Hurdle and we think the superstar Paisley Park can bounce back to form and defend his title.

The eight year old at the Cheltenham festival last season was looking to extend his unbeaten run to eight races and also land back to back renewals of the Stayers Hurdle having been the horse to beat in they Stayers' Hurdle division, but it was not to be for the fan favourite.

After the race it was found that the son of Oscar had come back with an irregular heartbeat that was certainly the cause of his underwhelming run in the Grade One he dominated last season.

Now, the Andrew Gemmell owned horse is said to be back to his best having been given the all clear from the vets and the frequent winner has been wearing a heart monitor in pieces of his work at home and the problem has not resurfaced.

This year the gelding will be taking on much younger horses compared to his race last term when edging out the veteran Thistlecrack on the line and he needs to bounce back from his last run, but is said to be flying at home.

Trainer To Follow - Nicky Henderson

Nicky Henderson has some superb chances across the two day Winter Carnival at Newbury on Friday and Saturday and we believe on the first day he could land some nice winners.

The Seven Barrows handler has a superb record at the track, having landed winners at the course for decades, especially over the last 12 months where he is currently running at 33% strike rate.

On Friday his best chance on the day looks to be the exciting youngster Flinteur Sacre, who has a superb pedigree being a full brother of the maginificent Sprinter Scare, he makes his hurdles debut for the yard and could turn out to be the next best thing out of the yard.

Jockey To Follow - Nico De Boinville

You can't mention Nicky Henderson without Nico De Boinville with the number one retained rider for the stable set to have a classy book of rides.

Over the last 14 days De Boinville has been riding out of his skin landing plenty of races including Grade Two honours which has seen him gain a strike rate of 27.59%.

He has managed eight winners from 29 rides and will be looking to extend that record when sitting on the likes of Flinteur Sacre, The Cashel Man and Bothwell Bridge.