The Best Horse-Racing Tips For Newbury’s Super Saturday And Warwick

Betfred's Matt Hulmes gives us his top tips as we approach the final few pieces of the Cheltenham jigsaw
16:00, 10 Feb 2023

We’re approaching the final few pieces of the Cheltenham jigsaw in the next couple of weeks with Newbury’s Super Saturday card always eagerly anticipated. We also have a sprinkling of stardust at Warwick where Jonbon will fine tune his Arkle preparations. 

1.30 WARWICK  - GALAHAD QUEST

The only handicap chase in front of the ITV cameras this Saturday can go to the consistent but frustrating GALAHAD QUEST. 

He very rarely runs a bad race and has finished runner-up on four of his last six starts. That is slightly alarming but the handicapper continues to give him a chance and has eased another 2lb for his eight length second at Wincanton five weeks ago. 

He hasn’t won for nearly two years, one of only two successes in his nineteen races but the application of cheekpieces could make the difference here and it won’t take much to see him hitting the target again off his mark. 

The 7yo receives almost two stone from Stolen Silver, who won the Silver Trophy at Cheltenham in April, but is far from bombproof and didn’t jump well when unseating his rider in the Paddy Power Gold Cup in November. He is also on a career high mark after his runner-up effort back at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day.

Galahad Quest
Galahad Quest

2.25 NEWBURY – DOES HE KNOW

Paul Nicholls and the Tizzard’s have won the last six Denman Chases between them and they have the two market leaders in this year’s renewal who both have major claims. 

Hitman had his first tilt at three miles in the King George but was reported to have bled when weakening quickly. He is still to ultimately prove his stamina and despite being the best horse in at the weights, I am reluctant to back him at around 2/1 with the issues he encountered at Kempton. 

Eldorado Allen won this race twelve months ago and has run some solid races since, including a Ryanair third, Charlie Hall second and a Betfair Chase fourth. He was also fourth in the King George and despite having to give weight away to his six rivals, I’d put him up as the main danger to my pick.

DOES HE KNOW is worth a small play here for Kim Bailey and David Bass. He routed the field in the Reynoldstown at Ascot this time last year and won a Cheltenham handicap off top weight when last seen in November (second and third won subsequently). His only two blips over fences were a fall at Kelso in October which wasn’t his fault (bumped mid-air) and when down the field in last year's Ultima at the Festival. 

He also likes to bowl along in front and may get an easy lead and with a mark of 158, he may find life in handicaps tough now and is worth a shot at this graded prize.

3.35 NEWBURY – GLORY AND FORTUNE & HIGHWAY ONE O TWO

There is no doubt that Filey Bay could be way ahead of the handicapper despite a 9lb rise for his Wincanton win that we saw little of due to the thick fog. Those conditions could have masked his superiority there as we don’t know how he travelled and he could rip this race apart, but is short enough for his biggest test to date in what is always a hotly contested handicap. 

JP McManus also fields last year’s Triumph fourth, Icare Allen (Willie Mullins) and recent Kempton winner No Ordinary Joe (Nicky Henderson) to give the owner a strong hand. 

I’m not sure, other than possibly the favourite, that many others are leniently treated like some of the good novices we’ve had tackling this in recent years so I’m to play a couple at prices.

Last year’s winner, GLORY AND FORTUNE, is only 5lb higher but followed up last year’s win with a fifth in the Champion Hurdle. Two and a half miles proved too much in the Aintree Hurdle and it was a good comeback in the Welsh Champion Hurdle before chasing proved not his forte the last twice. He appears to have been overlooked in the market at 16/1 and is worth an each way play. 

His victim last season, I Like To Move It, won the Greatwood easily in November and his connections rely on the maiden Master Chewy who has been well supported since the decs were made on Thursday morning. 

The other selection I’d like to play each way is HIGHWAY ONE O TWO. He beat Hacker Des Places by eight lengths at Ascot in October and is only 4lb worse off, yet is almost triple his price. His last start saw the 8yo finish a distant third in the G1 Christmas Hurdle behind Constitution Hill and Epatante and despite carrying 11-9 here, will find this task much more to his liking. Trainer Chris Gordon has been in great form since the turn of the year while Gavin Sheehan is riding well at present too.

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