ITV Racing tips Saturday 30 November – Live TV tips for Newbury & Newcastle

The ITV Racing cameras are in action on Saturday with six races live covering the best of the day’s action from Newbury and Newcastle.

The feature race of the day at the Berkshire venue sees the latest renewal of the ultra-competitive Grade Three Ladbrokes Trophy Chase go to post; while at Newcastle it is Grade One Fighting Fifth Hurdle day, featuring the return of dual-Champion Hurdle winner Buveur D’air.

1:50 Newbury – Get Your Ladbrokes £1 Free Bet Today Handicap Hurdle Cl2 (4yo+ 0-150) 2m4½f
2:05 Newcastle – Betfair Fighting Fifth Hurdle (Grade 1) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m
2:25 Newbury – Ladbrokes “Where The Nation Plays” Intermediate Hurdle (A Limited Handicap) (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+ 0-155) 2m½f
3:00 Newbury – Ladbrokes Trophy Chase (Handicap) (Grade 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m2f
3:20 Newcastle – Betfair Rehearsal Handicap Chase (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m7½f
3:40 Newbury – Ladbrokes Handicap Chase (For The Jim Joel Memorial Trophy) Cl2 (4yo+ 0-150)

Ed Chamberlain and his team will be on hand to offer up their usual expert tips, insights and post-race analysis on all the day’s televised racing action, and Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections for Saturday’s telly racing.

1:50 Newbury – Get Your Ladbrokes £1 Free Bet Today Handicap Hurdle Cl2 (4yo+ 0-150) 2m4½f

PRIDE OF LECALE (6/1, Paddy Power) might be worth chancing again for the in-form Fergal O’Brien team, and the Multiplex gelding can double up having won on his reappearance at Market Rasen earlier in the month.

A bumper winner at Chepstow in his earlier days he was thought capable of taking his chance in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, and in a Grade Two at Aintree before a lengthy absence; but he had shown little in a trio of hurdles starts following his return last term, but a wind surgery ahead of his latest reappearance seems to have worked and he ran out an impressive winner over Oxwich Bay.

The handicapper has hit him with a 13lbs rise in the weights which forces him up in grade, and he faces a tougher test here; but he is still lightly raced and relatively unexposed, and he could have better to come.

2:05 Newcastle – Betfair Fighting Fifth Hurdle (Grade 1) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m

Dual-Champion Hurdle winner BUVEUR D’AIR (4/11, Coral) sets on on the road to Cheltenham in the race he has won for each of the past two seasons, and Nicky Henderson’s charge is likely to prove a very tough nut to crack if anywhere near his best.

The Crillon gelding saw an eleven-race run ended last term by Verdana Blue in the Kempton Christmas Hurdle, and following a win at Sandown he was a faller in the Champion Hurdle where he was bidding to emulate the trainer’s See You Then and become a triple winner of the Cheltenham showpiece.

Having been beaten at Aintree, he silenced critics with an impressive return to winning ways at Punchestown when beating Supasundae in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle, and he ought to be tough to beat if turning out here at the peak of his powers.

Testing ground has been no barrier to success in the past and he should make a winning return to action here barring a fall.

Buveur D’Air can win a third successive Fighting Fifth Hurdle.

2:25 Newbury – Ladbrokes “Where The Nation Plays” Intermediate Hurdle (A Limited Handicap) (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+ 0-155) 2m½f

CROOKS PEAK (14/1, Ladbrokeseach-way) could be worth siding with to build on a promising reappearance at Chepstow last month, and Philip Hobbs’ charge can get back on the winning trail here.

The Arcadio gelding won three of his first four starts over hurdles last term, including once over course and distance, although he failed to land a blow in the subsequent County Hurdle at Cheltenham in March where he beat only a handful home under a penalty.

Not seen to best effect on his final outing where he might have been amiss, he bounced back last month with a better effort and ought to strip fitter for that reappearance run where he finished ten lengths behind Speed Company having gone well for a long way before perhaps just running out of steam.

That reappearance despite being beaten represents useful form, and if he can build on that run then it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see a big run from him where he can make the frame.

3:00 Newbury – Ladbrokes Trophy Chase (Handicap) (Grade 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m2f

Ok Corral features in our Tote Ten To Follow list for the season and Nicky Henderson’s charge can post a big run on his reappearance; but for this contest it might be worth chancing on MISTER MALARKY (9/1, Coral) to take a forward step following his reappearance at Ascot earlier in the month, and Colin Tizzard’s charge ought to strip fitter for the run.

The Malinas gelding developed last term into a decent novice chaser, winning twice which included the Grade Two Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase, and he wasn’t disgraced subsequently in either the RSA Chase at Cheltenham or in a Grade Three handicap contest where only Kildisart proved too strong.

He went well for a long way on his return in the Sodexo Gold Cup before fading following a bad blunder mid-race, and he clearly needed the outing so he should prove a lot sharper now.

He could have the scope to be competitive from a mark of 150, and first-time cheekpieces are applied which might help him find some improvement; while top conditional rider Jonjo O’Neill Jnr takes the reins where his 3lbs allowance could prove pivotal, and he could prove the pick of the Tizzard quartet.

Mister Malarky can win the feature Ladbrokes Trophy Chase on Saturday at Newbury.

3:20 Newcastle – Betfair Rehearsal Handicap Chase (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m7½f

TOP VILLE BEN (11/2, Bet365) showed himself to be a very capable chaser when winning his first two starts over fences last term, after which he ran better than the bare result behind Mister Malarky when finishing last of five runners in the Reynoldstown at Ascot.

A faller in the RSA Chase, he returned to winning ways with a wide margin success over Sam’s Gunner at Wetherby, and he ran respectably again in defeat when finishing third to Lostintranslation and Topofthegame in the Mildmay Novices’ Chase at Aintree on his final outing of the campaign.

The Beneficial gelding possibly just needed the run when finishing fifth in the Charlie Hall Chase, but he ran respectably again and he ought to strip fitter for that outing so could well post a big effort here dropping back in Listed company.

Testing conditions are no issue, and he remains with scope from this mark of 151 so every chance he can go close if building on that recent return.

3:40 Newbury – Ladbrokes Handicap Chase (For The Jim Joel Memorial Trophy) Cl2 (4yo+ 0-150)

MAGIC SAINT (9/2, Betfred) ran better than the bare result when finishing fifth on his reappearance behind Happy Diva in the recent BetVictor Gold Cup, and Paul Nicholls’ charge can build on that reappearance to get off the mark here.

The Saint Des Saint gelding won on his third start last term for the Ditcheat handler, beating Gino Trail at Wincanton, but things didn’t go to plan in subsequent outings although he did find only Sizing Platinum too good on his final outing last campaign at Chepstow.

Following wind surgery ahead of his reappearance, he ought to prove sharper for his return to action earlier in the month, and having been eased 1lb in the weights he could appreciate the return to a shorter trip where he can make his presence felt.

Paul Nicholls can saddle a Newbury winner with Magic Saint.

ITV RACING TIPS SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER – NEWBURY & NEWCASTLE

1:50 Newbury – PRIDE OF LECALE (6/1, Paddy Power)

2:05 Newcastle – BUVEUR D’AIR (4/11, Coral)

2:25 Newbury – CROOKS PEAK (14/1, Ladbrokeseach-way)

3:00 Newbury – MISTER MALARKY (9/1, Coral)

3:20 Newcastle – TOP VILLE BEN (11/2, Bet365)

3:40 Newbury – MAGIC SAINT (9/2, Betfred)