Saturday Newbury tips 30 November – Race-by-race selections for day two of the Winter Festival

Get Brian Healy's Saturday Newbury tips and best bets for every race on day two of the Winter Festival featuring the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase.

A top class fixture goes to post for day two of the Newbury Winter Festival, and the competitive Ladbrokes Trophy Chase – formerly the Hennessey Gold Cup if the feature race of the afternoon on a seven-race card that also features Grade Two action.

12:05 – Ladbrokes “Where The Nation Plays” Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m½f
12:40 – Ladbrokes John Francome Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m7½f
1:15 – Sir Peter O’Sullevan Memorial Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+ 0-145) 2m6½f
1:50 – Get Your Ladbrokes £1 Free Bet Today Handicap Hurdle Cl2 (4yo+ 0-150) 2m4½f
2:25 – Ladbrokes “Where The Nation Plays” Intermediate Hurdle (A Limited Handicap) (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+ 0-155) 2m½f
3:00 – Ladbrokes Trophy Chase (Handicap) (Grade 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m2f
3:40 – Ladbrokes Handicap Chase (For The Jim Joel Memorial Trophy) Cl2 (4yo+ 0-150) 2m½f

The pick of the day’s action will be shown live as part of ITV Racing’s coverage which also includes racing from Newcastle for Fighting Fifth Hurdle Day, and Brian Healy takes a race-by-race look at the second day racecard where he gives his Saturday Newbury tips for all seven races.

12:05 – Ladbrokes “Where The Nation Plays” Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m½f

SILVER FOREVER (11/8, Coral) showed good form in bumpers, winning two of four starts in that //sphere and finishing runner-up in a Listed contest at Sandown back in March; but Paul Nicholls’ charge has improved switched to hurdles, and the Jeremy mare is 2-2 in this discipline.

A good winner on her reappearance and hurdles debut at Chepstow in October, beating Queens Cave, she stepped up on that effort to beat the reopposing Floressa by a short-head over this course and distance earlier in the month, finding plenty for pressure and the pair pulled clear.

While she has to give that rival 3lbs now, she is proven on this more testing ground unlike her rival and that tips the scales in her favour to confirm the form.

Paul Nicholls can saddle a winner on Saturday's Newbury Winter Festival racecard

Paul Nicholls can saddle a winner on Saturday’s Newbury racecard.

12:40 – Ladbrokes John Francome Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m7½f

RESERVE TANK (1/2, Paddy Power) was highly progressive over hurdles last term, and Colin Tizzard’s charge has continued his improvement switched to chasing where having finished runner-up on his debut over fences behind Jarveys Plate at Chepstow, he stepped up to register an easy and impressive success at Wincanton earlier in the month.

The Jeremy gelding only needed to be shaken up in order to put the race to bed, and sure to improve again for the experience of the larger obstacles then he ought to prove hard to beat and he can strike a second chase win here.

He only faces two rivals as he steps up in trip, but it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see him find further progress with the additional yardage sure to suit, and he can should make light work of his penalty to add to his tally.

1:15 – Sir Peter O’Sullevan Memorial Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+ 0-145) 2m6½f

WESTEND STORY (13/2, William Hill) looked to need the run when finishing fourth on his reappearance at Uttoxeter last month, but Philip Hobbs’ charge can improve for that outing and ought to strip much fitter for this run where he can finish closer.

The Westerner gelding had proven useful over hurdles, and he made a solid introduction to chasing at Exeter last December when finishing fourth behind Defi Du Seuil in a race which also included Topofthegame and Black Op, and that represents some strong form.

He was beaten around twenty lengths on his return, making a few late mistakes as he got tired; but he should prove sharper now and every chance he can do better here.

Trainer Philip Hobbs saddles runners on the Newbury Winter Festival card on Saturday

Philip Hobbs can get amongst the winners at Newbury.

1:50 – 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.

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

CROOKS PEAK (14/1, Ladbrokes, each-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 – Ladbrokes Trophy Chase (Handicap) (Grade 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m2f

Ok Corral features in our Tote Ten To Follow list for the season, 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 Saturday's feature at Newbury.

Mister Malarky can win Saturday’s feature at Newbury.

3:40 – Ladbrokes Handicap Chase (For The Jim Joel Memorial Trophy) Cl2 (4yo+ 0-150) 2m½f

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.

SATURDAY NEWBURY TIPS 30 NOVEMBER – WINTER FESTIVAL DAY TWO

12:05 – SILVER FOREVER (11/8, Coral)
12:40 – RESERVE TANK (1/2, Paddy Power)
1:15 – WESTEND STORY (13/2, William Hill)
1:50 – PRIDE OF LECALE (6/1, Paddy Power)
2:25 – CROOKS PEAK (14/1, Ladbrokes, each-way)
3:00 – MISTER MALARKY (9/1, Coral)
3:40 – MAGIC SAINT (9/2, Betfred)