Betfair Hurdle tips – Two against the field for Newbury’s feature race on Saturday

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Brian Healy looks over the big-race field for Saturday’s big race at Newbury where he has Betfair Hurdle tips with two runners against the field for the Grade Three feature.

The most valuable handicap of the British jumps season goes to post on Saturday with the latest renewal of the Betfair Hurdle taking place at Newbury. The extended two-mile contest goes to post at 3.35pm as the fifth race of the afternoon at the Berkshire venue and this year carries a first-prize in excess of £87,000 for the winner.

A typically competitive renewal boasts a maximum field of 24 runners for the Newbury highlight and Brian Healy has two Betfair Hurdle tips against the field for Saturday’s showpiece race which will be shown live as part of the ITV Racing coverage.


OAKLEY (14/1, Ladbrokes)

One of three runners in the race for trainer Philip Hobbs, the Oscar gelding has made the frame in six of his seven starts over hurdles to date. Those starts includes a pair of wins at Ludlow and Kempton last campaign.

The first of those victories saw him beat Cervaro Mix – a Thursday Wincanton winner – prior to beating Magic Dancer on his final start.

He hasn’t managed to add to his tally in three outings this campaign. Howver he has posted very solid efforts in defeat each time, including when beaten just over two lengths behind Not So Sleepy at Ascot. He meets that rival on significantly better terms here having given him 5lbs last time.

That run was followed up by a near-miss at Cheltenham latest, denied only by a neck behind Repetito with another of his Betfair Hurdle rivals in Never Adapt finishing in third. He gets 1lb from that rival now having given him 6lbs in that last encounter, and with the better ground very much in his favour then he ought to post a big effort.

It wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him going close in this competitive contest where he remains open to further improvement for his in-form yard.

Philip Hobbs has Betfair Hurdle runners on Saturday.

Trainer Philip Hobbs has three runners in the Betfair Hurdle field on Saturday.

HARAMBE (18/1, Ladbrokes)

Alan King’s charge doesn’t know how to run a bad race and has plenty of solid form already in the book, winning twice last season at Kempton and Market Rasen before finishing off his campaign with a very good runner-up effort behind Getaway Trump at Sandown last April.

The Malinas gelding probably needed his first run back from more than five months off the track at Chepstow in the Persian War Hurdle, where he was beaten around thirty lengths behind Thyme Hill and crossing the line ahead of only two rivals.

However given that the winner and second from that race have both gone on to win Grade One prizes suggests that was a strong renewal. He showed the benefit of the run to score next time at Cheltenham when outpointing the reopposing Gumball in the Greatwood Hurdle.

He’s been raised 7lbs for that success, but there could be more to come from him despite the return to a shorter trip although the drying ground won’t present an issue having won on good ground in the past.

The form of the Alan King yard is a slight concern with no wins in their last twenty runners at the time of writing over the previous fortnight; but the seven-year old could provide a timely shot in the arm with the Cheltenham Festival only a few weeks ago by posting a big effort here.

Greatwood Hurdle winner Harambe can go well in Saturday's Newbury feature.

Greatwood Hurdle winner is one of our Betfair Hurdle tips at Newbury on Saturday.