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Saturday’s ITV racing tips – 9/2 NAP looks at Great bet at Newbury

Jonathan Vine 12 Apr 2019
Great Scot (right) running well in the Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster in the autumn.

Our expert takes a look through the betting for all of Saturday’s televised races and selects a strong challenger in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury as his NAP of the day with Paddy Power.

Horse racing fans are in for a real treat on Saturday afternoon, with high quality action over both jumps and on the flat. While the capacity crowd at Ayr take in the Scottish Grand National, Newbury stages two important Grade Threes of their own and plenty of Classic clues are likely to be handed out.

Our expert has taken a look at the valuable Greenham Stakes at Newbury and picked out a 9/2 shot as his NAP of the day with Paddy Power.

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Too Darn Hot’s withdrawal has blown this year’s edition of the Greenham wide open and we find two course-and-distance winners sitting near the head of the market. Bointron claimed a Listed prize here back in August and ran on well for fourth in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere. Mohaather successfully stepped up to seven furlongs in the Molson Coors Stakes in October, seeing off a decent field in convincing fashion.

Hello Youmzain is the highest-rated horse in the field and looks a little overlooked in the betting. As does GREAT SCOT, who’s sure to enjoy the extra cut in the ground and I’m going to side with Tom Dascombe’s charge to get the win.

Great Scot’s juvenile form, in my opinion, is the best out of all the Greenham entrants. Richard Kingscote was in the saddle as his mount took the scalp of future Breeders’ Cup winner, Line Of Duty at Haydock and Great Scott ran a lovely race on his French debut a month later, losing out by just a neck to Al Hilalee in a Listed race over a mile.

The son of Requinto then returned to Haydock in September, cruising to a maiden Listed title on ground verging on heavy. Despite the ease of that win, Great Scot was overlooked going into the Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster, where Dascombe’s colt proved his doubters wrong in that Group One, crossing the line less than two lengths behind the leading duo.

Winner, Magna Grecia is one of the leading fancies in the 2000 Guineas and runner-up, Phoenix Of Spain is a horse I really like. Great Scot was very keen in the early stages and was forced wide as the leaders came into contact one from home. Yet, Kingscote’s mount recovered his composure well and was matching the leaders stride-for-stride on the run to the line.

Great Scot made excellent progress last season and performances suggested there was plenty of improvement left in the tank. Seven furlongs may be a little stiff, but his extra staying ability will come in handy on this sort of ground and James Garfield came out of stall four before beating Expert Eye here last year. 9/2 is an excellent price.

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