ITV Outsiders: 25-1, 20-1 and 12-1 selections for Saturday’s action 🏇🏇🏇

San Benedeto taking the last in the Greatwood Gold Cup at Newbury 2019

Volume of runners continues to be a problem on a Saturday, with four of the eight races on ITV Racing with five or less runners. Despite that, we have managed to find outsiders in three of the other four who are of interest on Saturday afternoon.

1.50 Newbury – Daily Rewards With Betfair Handicap Hurdle

Two starts this season from Butler’s Brief (25/1) have both finished in him being pulled up. The first of those was in a handicap hurdle at Cheltenham where he was sent off just 15/2. He travelled well for a long way but quickly lost his position at the top of the hill and was pulled up as if something was amiss.

It would be wrong to judge him too harshly on that and he never had a cut at his fences on his chasing debut last time, sensibly back over hurdles now. His winning form last summer in this sphere wasn’t strong but he showed a decent attitude and would be overpriced if he can rediscover that level.

3.15 Warwick – Virgin Bet Warwick Castle Handicap Chase

Lieutenant Rocco(12/1) is almost in danger of not being an outsider anymore, his price coming in plenty since the declarations came out on Thursday. A big boy, he will have needed the return to action at Lingfield where he was pulled up. His five rivals that day were all rated 153+ the best he faces here is 150.

He put it up to Drashel Dasher down the back on the second circuit there but got very tired from the fourth last. That was a far stronger run than the bare P in the form would suggest. If he can get into a rhythm around this track where front running, good jumpers are rewarded, he may take some pegging back.

3.35 Newbury – Betfair Hurdle

While Royaume Uni(20/1) has had a few more opportunities than those at the head of the market, he is still only a five-year-old with only eight starts over hurdles under his belt. Behind First Street last time and Broomfield Burg the time before, he is weighted to get a lot closer to them here.

Gary Moore has had a couple in the mix in this race since winning it in 2015 with Violet Dancer. This will suit better than the soft ground at Kempton last time out and with five places on offer with the likes of Betfair, Paddy Power and William Hill, he looks a decent each way angle with that extra on offer.

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