It’s another weekend of tops jumps racing action from across the UK and Ireland, and we’ll have you covered with our horse racing tips each day.
To get you kickstarted we’ve delved into this week’s edition of the Racing Post Weekender and pulled together a 1,910/1 acca from Saturday’s meetings at Newbury and Newcastle.
Dan McGrue appears to be another Paul Nicholls inmate who has profited from a wind operation over the summer and he can take another step up the ladder in the Get Your Ladbrokes £1 Free Bet Today Handicap Hurdle.
Getting the better of Acey Milan at Plumpton might not read that well at first glance, but with the runner-up going on to finish second behind the very progressive Stoney Mountain at Haydock last weekend the bare form can now be shown in better light.
Nick Alexander doesn’t venture this far south very often but Elvis Mail can ensure the long journey is worthwhile.
The grey gelding had a decent novice campaign last winter and took his form to another new level when switched to handicap company at Ayr recently, travelling powerfully at the back of the pack and easily sealing the deal when Lucy Alexander asked him for an effort.
A six-pound rise is fair and he probably wouldn’t need much more to strike again in what is not a strong race for this grade.
Nicky Henderson is taking aim at Saturday’s Ladbrokes Trophy with Ok Corral, who looks primed for a big effort.
The 68-year-old has won Newbury’s best jumps race three times and it is a content close to his heart – he was caught sneaking out of school as a youngster to watch Arkle win it in his youth.
Fast-forward to this weekend and he could be in store for another memorable moment with Ok Corral, a lightly raced, talented sort who impressed in two of his three starts over fences.
The one letdown came in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham, but the outbreak of equine flu in February and subsequent jab knocked him for six and he wasn’t right.
This has been the target for a while and the son of Mahler pleased Sir Anthony McCoy when exercising at Newbury last week.
The Betfair Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle on Saturday can go to Top Ville Ben.
The seven-year-old was an easy winner of two novice chases at Wetherby last season and ended his campaign with a fine third in a Grade One at Aintree.
That form looked strong at the time, with runner-up Topofthegame having previously landed the RSA Chase, and it looks even better now with the winner, Lostintranslation, having scored in the Betfair Chase last weekend.
On that evidence, an official rating of 151 may well prove to be lenient for Top Ville Ben, who is expected to improve for last month’s reappearance in the Charlie Hall at Wetherby, where he went well for a long way.