The dust has now settled on the Cheltenham Festival and it’s back to business as usual with seven races on ITV4, where our Saturday Trends provide some extra insight!
It’s a busy day, particularly at Newbury where Noel Fehily will be having his final rides in the saddle following a truly exceptional career. Elsewhere we have action from Kelso, Bangor-On-Dee, Lingfield, Thurles and an evening All-Weather fixture at Kempton.
Our ITV Racing Tips focus firstly at Kelso where three competitive class two handicaps provide the venue with one of their best cards of the season.
Newbury is where we go for the other three contests for which the Grade 2 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Series Final is the standout race as fifteen go to post for a competitive renewal.
Today’s best bet runs in the opening contest of the entire day to hopefully get us off to the perfect start!
Ashutor ran to a solid level on each of his first two hurdles starts. He fell at the opening flight last week but should be too classy for this lot if putting in a clear round.
Far Bihoue could be way overpriced for his hurdling debut at Newbury. He ran an eye-catching debut before following up with a disappointing effort last time, but that can be forgiven when taking into account his inexperience. The promise he showed on his first start entitles him to be in the mix here if he improves for obstacles.
Interestingly, he’s related to Paul Nicholls’ smart Bagad Bihoue who won his first start over hurdles and is now rated 142.
Lucinda Russell sends Glenpark on yet another long journey, this time 410 miles down to Newbury. He has been dropped four pounds having been a well-beaten third at Sandown when last seen.
He steps up in trip today though and looking at his Dam’s side of the pedigree, that should very much be in his favour and could bring about some improvement.
Alan King and Wayne Hutchinson have been in flying form when teaming up together in the past two weeks. They’ve had 8 winners from 20 runners which equates to a very impressive 40% strike rate!
The pair combine with 4 runners at Newbury this afternoon.