Our latest ITV racing tips feature six selections from Newbury and Newcastle, with dual Champion Hurdle hero Buveur D’Air in action at the northern track.
Punters can get stuck into a mixture of high-class contests and wide-open handicaps and we’ve got expert picks from PA Sport’s Anita Chambers.
1.50 Newbury – SPEEDO BOY
Looked well handicapped at Cheltenham recently after showing improved form on the Flat and came with a smooth run to give us a 4/1 pay-out.
A 6lb rise up the ratings may not be enough to stop him from following up, so we’re playing up those winnings in our ITV racing tips.
2.05 Newcastle – BUVEUR D’AIR
Nicky Henderson’s charge perhaps does not get quite as much credit as he deserves, given the fact he has won the last two Champion Hurdles and is unbeaten in his last 10 starts.
Admittedly, Henderson does not go to the well too often with his two-mile star, but Buveur D’Air always rises to the challenge – as he showed when repelling Melon by a neck at Cheltenham back in March.
His jumping was far from perfect that day, but he still managed to complete the task – which says plenty about his admirable attitude.
Samcro, Summerville Boy and Bedrock will provide a stiff challenge in a stellar renewal of the Fighting Fifth Hurdle, but Buveur D’Air can put those contenders in their place.
2.25 Newbury – LISP
Alan King’s four-year-old was a useful juvenile hurdler last term, scoring at Plumpton and Fontwell, and showed his well-being with a seven-length success at Fontwell when returning to action, so deserves this step up in class.
3.00 Newbury – MS PARFOIS (nap)
The seven-year-old enjoyed a fine novice season last term, winning three of her seven chase starts, including a Listed mares’ event over just short of three miles at this very track.
She also managed a fine second in the four-miler at Cheltenham, before chasing home Terrefort in Grade One company at Aintree on her final outing.
Ms Parfois looks as though she will stay for days, so this three-and-a-quarter-mile trip should be right up her street, especially with conditions having started to ease in recent days.
Anthony Honeyball’s mare lines up on a competitive enough mark and can be relied upon to put in a fine round of jumping, with any further rain only aiding her cause.
3.20 Newcastle – BAYWING
Was a convincing winner of the Eider at Gosforth Park back in February and can take a starring role in the Rehearsal Chase.
The nine-year-old excels in testing conditions and has won first time out in previous seasons, so the omens look good for him to justify a place in our ITV racing tips.
3.35 Newbury – LADY BUTTONS
Philip Kirby does not send runners down south from his North Yorkshire yard just for the fun of a day out and he clearly holds this mare in high regard.
The eight-year-old competed in some hot contests on both sides of the Irish Sea last season and already has a smooth success at Wetherby under her belt this term.
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