Greywell Boy weighted to follow up Sandown victory
Punters have had a week to recover from the Cheltenham Festival and there is some very competitive racing on offer at Newbury on Saturday. Channel 4 cameras are there to televise the pick of the action on a seven-race card.
The action kicks off at 1.50 with a novice hurdle in which Sign Of A Victory bids for a hat-trick for Nicky Henderson. He followed up a smooth win at Kempton on the all-weather by landing heavy odds-on at Doncaster in February.
Huff And Puff finished second to First Mohican at Doncaster and She’s Late is a promising recruit from the flat for Jonjo O’Neill. He won at Newmarket and Windsor on the level and shaped encouragingly behind Pearl Castle last month.
Greywell Boy bids to follow up his Sandown victory in the handicap chase at 2.20. The grey landed some nice bets at the Esher track and is racing off only a 2lbs higher mark on Saturday.
Bally Legend caused a 28-1 shock when denying Bury Parade at Kempton over three miles. He is closely weighted with Domtaline on earlier form at Exeter.
Henderson has prospects of a quick double in the feature race at 2.55 when Free Thinking bids to go one better than last time at Doncaster. There are plenty of dangers including top weight Toubeera and hat-trick seeking Fairytale Theatre.
Tony McCoy partners Grimthorpe Chase runner-up Storm Survivor in the 3.30. The eight-year-old is a hard ride but kept on gamely last time and will have plenty of supporters.
Reblis was an impressive winner of the Sussex National but is up 11lbs and does not have his favoured heavy ground. Ballypatrick stuck on well when third in the Eider Chase and the Philip Hobbs duo of Roalco De Farges and Bertie Boru also have claims in a wide open race.
Selections: 1.50 Sign Of A Victory, 2.20 Greywell Boy, 2.55 Free Thinking, 3.30 Roalco De Farges, 4.05 Aldopicgros, 4.40 Gaitway, 5.15 Dark And Dangerous