Newbury: stages the Challow Hurdle at 1.50
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By Lee Mottershead 8:44AM 31 DEC 2016
A SPECTACULAR Saturday this may not be, but there is still Grade 1 action to enjoy with Newbury’s programme highlighted by the Betfred-backed Challow Hurdle.
The novices’ prize has been won by some high-class performers and this year, as usual, it brings together a field of unexposed talent, with the race’s market leader being the Dan Skelton-trained Robin Roe, an easy winner at Aintree last time.
Nicky Henderson saddles Cultivator, while later on the card he bids to win the introductory hurdle for the tenth time in the last 11 years. He does so with three runners, one of which, William Henry, is the odds-on favourite. Also set to start at prohibitive odds, in this case at Warwick, is Henderson’s exciting novice chaser Buveur D’Air.
Television viewers should note there is no mainstream coverage this afternoon, as a result of which Racing UK is making its content free to air.
Today’s big races
Newbury 1.50: Betfred Challow Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
Newbury: Good to soft (soft in places on hurdles course)
Uttoxeter: Chase – heavy, soft in places; Hurdles – soft, heavy in places
Warwick: Soft (good to soft in places on chase course)
Uttoxeter 1.40: (7) Aliandy
Uttoxeter 2.15: (8) Mercian Prince
Newbury 2.25: Romain De Senam 11-4 (from 100-30 general)
Punchestown 2.30: Duke Cass 5-2 (from 4 with Ladbrokes)
Lingfield 3.45: Pharoh Jake 4 (from 11-2 with Betfair)
Uttoxeter 3.25: Pearl Royale 4-5 (from 5-4 with Paddy Power)