Newbury TV tips for Friday – ITV Racing best bets
The ITV Racing cameras are in action on Friday with four live TV races from Newbury including Grade Two action. We pick out our TV tips for Friday as we look through Newbury’s televised racing action.
TV punters can look forward to some live racing action on their screens on Friday with the first day of Newbury’s Ladbrokes Winter Carnival where four races will be shown live from the Berkshire track including two Grade Two contests.
Friday’s feature race comes in the shape of the Long Distance Hurdle which will see the return of popular staying hurdler Paisley Park and 2020 Cheltenham Festival winner Lisnagar Oscar amongst a ten-strong field for the day’s big race which gets underway at 3.00pm.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand as usual to offer their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on all four of the days races and we’ve picked out our TV tips for Friday.
NEWBURY TV TIPS FOR FRIDAY – ITV RACING BEST BETS
1:50 Newbury – Ladbrokes Committed To Safer Gambling Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (Regi. As The Berkshire) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4f
Only three runners for this Grade Two contest and it should pay to side again with Grade One winning hurdler FIDDLERONTHEROOF who was beaten on his chase debut at Ffos Las but built on the run to score narrowly at Exeter next time.
Colin Tizzard’s charge still looked in need of the experience of the larger obstacles where he wasn’t always fluent and he looked booked for the silver medal again before rallying well and keeping on best to prevail in the last few strides.
It might be that the ground on that occasion – and indeed could be the case here – was a shade too lively for him, but he retains plenty of scope to improve over fences and he can follow up that win here.
2:25 Newbury – Get Your Ladbrokes £1 Free Bet Today Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m4f
CLONDAW CASTLE had reopposing Oldgrangewood behind when finishing runner-up in the Old Roan Chase on return and Tom George’s charge can go one better to return to winning ways.
The Oscar gelding was a dual chase winner during the 2018/19 season, scoring successes at Leicester and Huntingdon before largely running well in defeat including at the Cheltenham Festival in the 2019 Arkle Chase.
Lightly-raced last term with just three appearances he resumed the winning trend at Warwick in February with a defeat of Two Taffs but wasn’t seen out again until that recent Aintree return where he was beaten just over one length by Nuts Well and that form has been boosted.
Sure to strip fitter for that return he can compete from just 2lbs higher in the weights and he can continue to make his presence felt.
3:00 Newbury – Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m
Paisley Park could easily bounce back to winning form having taken this twelve months ago and there were excuses for his poor run at the Cheltenham Festival when disappointing in the Stayers’ Hurdle won by stablemate Lisnagar Oscar.
However it might prove wise to side with up-and-coming MCFABULOUS who has gone from strength to strength over hurdles and ought to see out this longer trip.
Paul Nicholls’ Milan gelding tackles this trip for the first time, but he shaped like a stayer when easily winning the Persian War Hurdle on his return to notch up his third straight win and he’ll likely prove even sharper with that run under his belt.
He’s won over 2m 4f in the past, scoring last term at Market Rasen over the intermediate distance and there’s likely better to come from him despite this being a much tougher assignment than when winning at Chepstow latest.
The drying ground here will suit and if the longer trip doesn’t catch him out then the progressive six-year old should continue to make his presence felt for his in-form yard and he can go close.
3:35 Newbury – Play Ladbrokes 1-2-Free On Football Handicap Hurdle Cl2 (4yo+ 0-145) 3m
NEVILLE’S CROSS wasn’t seen to best effect when denied in his hat-trick attempt at Cheltenham last month, but Tom Lacey’s Stowaway gelding might be worth chancing to bounce back.
A winner of his two precious starts at Uttoxeter and Hereford respectively he was put on the back foot by an early mistake last time and then suffered traffic problems that saw him shuffled back down the field towards the rear.
He was never able to get back into the contest but ran on well under pressure from the third last and there remains a suspicion he is capable of better than he was able to show on that occasion.
The form looks fair with the runner-up winning since over fences, while the fourth and fifth horses have both run well again since and racing off the same mark as at Cheltenham then he could yet do better.