NEWBURY – APRIL 1
Friday's Placepot permutation at Newbury:
Leg 1 (1.50): 2 (Hell's Kitchen) & 1 (Dueling Banjos)
Leg 2 (2.25): 2 (Bincombe), 6 (Kings Cross) & 1 (Velator)
Leg 3 (3.00): 3 (Ballyrath), 1 (Roycano) & 6 (Fin D'Epere)
Leg 4 (3.35): 1 (Katgary) & 2 (Vintage Vinnie)
Leg 5 (4.10): 1 (Gala Ball), 3 (Montbazon) & 2 (Close Touch)
Leg 6 (4.45): 1 (Twirling Magnet) & 3 (Glint Of Steel)
Suggested stake: 216 bets to 10p stakes
1.50: The official figures suggest that course and distance winner HELL'S KITCHEN should win this event, given that Harry Fry's five-year-old receives seven pounds from DUELING BANJOS despite having the same mark of 137. The fact that Richard Johnson rides the latter named Kim Bailey raider catches the eye however, and drying conditions could negate some of the disadvantage in terms of weight.
Favourite factor: This is a new meeting whereby no details are in place.
Newbury record of course winners in the opening race:
1/1--Fly Du Charmil
2.25: Only Hindon Road has yet to register a victory over fences via the seven runners who boast aggregate stats of 16/92 (17.4% strike rate) over the bigger obstacles. BINCOMBE and KINGS CROSS both contribute five victories to the total whereby their names head the overnight list. Drying conditions would aid and abet the chance of VELATOR.
Bangor record of course winners in the second contest on the card:
3.00: Nigel Twiston-Davies has saddled far more winners (sixteen in total) this month than in any other month during the last five years. Nigel will want to start April in the same form and BALLYRATH boasts each way claims in this event which will not take a great deal of winning. Major Milbourne is the only course winner in the field and would have some sort of chance if anywhere near his best but until that form surfaces, preference is for ROYCANO and FIN D'ESPERE.
Newbury record of course winners in the third event on the card:
3.35: Drying conditions are in place down the road at Newbury as I write which will please Paul Nicholls whose KATGARY is the only stable contender on the card. KATGARY has gained three of his four victories on the better side of soft and ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies here, Paul's six-year-old is the call, especially as Sam has ridden five of his last seven mounts to winning effect at the time of writing. Connections might have most to fear from VINTAGE VINNIE.
Newbury record of course winners in the fourth contest:
4.10: GALA BALL racked up an impressive hat trick within nine weeks recently and though Philip Hobbs has saddled fourteen beaten favourites in March, GALA BALL should prove hard to beat under the same (soft) conditions as were in place on each of the three successful occasions. Alan King ended a poor run of form the other day and the trainer will hoping that like London buses (as the saying goes), two or three victories might come close together. MONBAZON is the stable representative on this occasion, whilst CLOSE TOUCH completes my trio against the other four contenders.
Newbury record of course winners in the fifth race:
4.45: This is usually the time of year when TWIRLING MAGNET reaches his peak, though a resurgence of form is needed if recent results are anything to go by. His unbeaten record here at Newbury obviously stands him in good stead however and Jonjo O'Neill will be extremely disappointed if his ten-year-old fails to regain winning form in this grade/company. GLINT OF STEEL is the only other potential winner in the four strong line-up from my viewpoint.
Newbury record of course winners in the toteplacepot finale:
All place details offered on my pages relate to an 'exact science', whereby horses that finish third in 5/6/7 runner races (and other such scenarios) are not 'placed' regarding my statistics.
Trainers with their relevant number of runners on the Newbury card on Friday:
3--Rebecca Curtis (2/11 at Newbury this season)
3--Philip Hobbs (3/22)
3--Alan King (1/22)
3--Nigel Twitson-Davies (3/18)
3--Venetia Williams (1/16)
2--Nicky Henderson (3/24)
2--Charlie Longsdon (0/11)
2--Neil Mulholland (0/9)
2--Jonjo O'Neill (1/18)
+ 24 different trainers who each saddle just one runner on the card
47 declared runners