Newbury Wednesday 15 January tips – Selections through the card for the day’s feature fixture

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for the feature meeting on Wednesday at Newbury.

A decent seven-race card goes to post at Newbury on Wednesday where there is plenty of competitive action tking place,with the feature race coming at 3.25pm with the Corbiere Handicap Chase being the sixth race of the afternoon.

12:45 – British EBF Mares’ “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (Qual’ For EBF Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle Final) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m4½f
1:15 – MansionBet Proud To Sponsor British Racing Novices’ Hurdle Cl4 (5yo+) 2m½f
1:45 – MansionBet Best Odds Guaranteed Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase Cl3 (5yo+) 2m½f
2:20 – EBM Handicap Hurdle (Div I) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m½f
2:50 – EBM Handicap Hurdle (Div II) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m½f
3:25 – Corbiere Handicap Chase (For The Harwell Trophy) (Challenger Staying Chase Series Qualifier) Cl3 (5yo+ 0-130) 2m7½f
4:00 – Premier Food Courts Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race Cl5 (4-6yo) 2m½f

While there might be few big names on show, most of the top yards have runners at the meeting and there are several cracking handicap contests lined up. Brian Healy takes a race-by-race look at the Wednesday racecard at the Berkshire venue and gives his selections in all seven races throughout the afternoon.

12:45 – British EBF Mares’ “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (Qual’ For EBF Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle Final) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m4½f

A slightly longer trip appears to have produced some improvement in the fortunes of AIMEE DE SIVOLA (9/4, Bet365) who got off the mark over hurdles on her return to action at Warwick in October, and Nick Williams’ mare hasn’t been disgraced in subsequent outings at Wincanton and Sandown respectively.

The Newtwork mare scored by a neck on that breakthrough win, after which she found only Misty Bloom too strong from out of the weights at Wincanton next time out. That run was bettered when finishing third in a strong race at Sandown latest, where she finished third to Oriental Cross.

She was perhaps unable to sustain her effort on the heavy ground, but she still finished ten lengths’ clear of the fourth and rest of the field, and she is only 1lb higher in the weights for this latest outing which represents a drop in grade.

There appears no real reason why she shouldn’t continue to remain competitive and she can once again make her presence felt with a return to winning ways certainly possible.

12:45 Newbury – British EBF Mares’ “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (Qual’ For EBF Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle Final) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m4½f

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1:15 – MansionBet Proud To Sponsor British Racing Novices’ Hurdle Cl4 (5yo+) 2m½f

SHISHKIN (EVENS, Bet365) is given another chance to show what he is capable of over hurdles having gotten no further than the second obstacle here last time on his hurdles debut behind Mahler’s Promise.

Nicky Henderson’s charge had won a point to point in Ireland on just his second start for Virginia Considine at Lingstown prior to joining the Seven Barrows maestro, and he made a really good impression when romping to an eight lengths’ victory in a Kempton bumper contest last March.

Keen early on his hurdles debut here in December, he departed the race with an early fall; but he surely remains with potential as a hurdler and he is chanced here to atone for that mishap and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him go close if putting in a clear round of jumping.

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Trainer Nicky Henderson can saddle winners on Newbury’s Wednesday racecard.

1:45 – MansionBet Best Odds Guaranteed Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase Cl3 (5yo+) 2m½f

Nicky Henderson saddles two in this race, and PRECIOUS CARGO (5/4, Bet365) could be the one to side with having made a good impression when romping to a near-twenty lengths’ success over Coole Well on his chase debut at Haydock last month.

The Yeats gelding had won a bumper for Lucinda Russell prior to joining this yard, and he made an instant impact for the Seven Barrows trainer following wind surgery to win back-to-back races at Kempton and Sandown respectively before being tried in a Grade One at Aintree where he beat only one home behind Felix Desjy.

After a further wind surgery, he switched to the larger obstacles on his return from nine months off to run out an easy winner, and sure to progress with that run under his belt he can make it 2-2 over fences switching to a handicap.

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2:20 – EBM Handicap Hurdle (Div I) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m½f

PRESENT FROM DUBAI (7/1, William Hill) twice placed in Irish point-to-points for Donnchadh Doyle prior to joining this yard, and the Dubai Destination gelding has shaped well on all four hurdles starts for handler Richard Phillips although his runs have been on the back of lengthy absences.

Nevertheless, he looked well forward when making a winning reappearance in heavy ground at Uttoxeter in December following more than ten months off the track, beating Sastruga by three lengths, and still unexposed as a hurdler he could be worth chancing to follow up here despite being raised 8lbs in the weights following that success.

Some of his earlier form-lines read pretty now well, and there could be better to come from the lightly-raced seven-year old given his low-mileage career to date so it wouldn’t come as a huge shock if he were to show further improvement and follow up in a relatively poor race.

2:20 Newbury – EBM Handicap Hurdle (Div I) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m½f

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2:50 – EBM Handicap Hurdle (Div II) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m½f

GLOCKENSPIEL (11/2, William Hill) has finished runner-up on both hurdles starts, but Tom George’s charge might be able to get off the mark at the third attempt.

A winner on the flat in France, the Teofilo gelding found only Alnadam too strong by a head on his first try over timber at Uttoxeter back in November, and he filled the same runner-up although beaten much further behind Cheddleton at Bangor on his next outing.

He has seen that form boosted with that winner going in again last weekend at Kelso, and a mark of 117 looks workable on his handicap debut so every chance he can make his presence felt here and open his account now where he is certainly the least exposed of this field and likely has plenty of scope for improvement.

2:50 Newbury – EBM Handicap Hurdle (Div II) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m½f

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Trainer Tom George can get amongst the Newbury winners on Wednesday.

3:25 – Corbiere Handicap Chase (For The Harwell Trophy) (Challenger Staying Chase Series Qualifier) Cl3 (5yo+ 0-130) 2m7½f

NOTACHANCE (7/2, Ladbrokes) was fair over hurdles last term, finding the frame on three of his four previous starts before registering a win on his final start of the campaign at Newbury in March last year with a defeat of Four Star General.

Alan King’s Mahler gelding however already looks a better chaser having been denied only by a nose on his debut over fences at Southwell in October, and he followed up that near miss with a win at Exeter the following month where be beat De Name Evades Me by a neck.

He wasn’t seen to best effect here last time out, running in snatches and eventually fading into fifth behind Court Master although he was only beaten three lengths. However, the application of cheekpieces for the first time could help him to find improvement in this latest outing and every chance he can post an improved effort now.

3:25 Newbury – Corbiere Handicap Chase (For The Harwell Trophy) (Challenger Staying Chase Series Qualifier) Cl3 (5yo+ 0-130) 2m7½f

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4:00 – Premier Food Courts Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race Cl5 (4-6yo) 2m½f

PARTY FUZZ (8/1, Ladbrokes) shaped more like a stayer when finding only one too good on his bumper debut at Hereford behind Karl Philippe, but he had pulled clear of the third and Kim Bailey’s charge might be able to get off the mark at the second attempt with that run under his belt.

The Great Pretender gelding was unable to hold off the challenge of the winner having got to the front three furlongs out, and the writing was on the wall when headed entering the final furlong; but he kept on well to his task without being able to match the winner and he ought to improve for the experience.

He might want a stiffer test than this in due time, but open to progress he can make his presence felt again and he should give another good account.

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