Newbury Placepot: Saturday, December 1

Bobs Worth and First Lieutenant will do battle again in the Hennessy Gold Cup

Timeform's Tony McFadden has a go at landing the Placepot on Hennessy day at Newbury...

Bobs Worth looks particularly solid, appealing as they type who tends to do just enough to win, and he has proven to be a consistent, reliable performer...

12:15- The obvious starting point in the opener has to be Hunters Lodge, who comes here on the back of a creditable third-placed effort over three miles at Cheltenham. He stayed on powerfully up the hill that day, indicating that today's extra distance should be to his advantage, and the fact he has gone well under this rider before is an obvious positive. Rey Nacarado has performed well at Newbury before, twice winning over this C&D, and looks particularly interesting with the cheekpieces reapplied. He will also go in the perm.

12:50- There wasn't much to separate Call Me A Star and Eleven Fifty Nine on their bumper form and they both made an encouraging start over hurdles, Call Me A Star just coming out on top when they clashed at Uttoxeter. We won't try to split them here, instead we will put both in our perm in the hope of doubling up and pushing the fancied Henderson runner out of the places.

13:25- With the Oliver Sherwood yard in tremendous form at present, Global Power is the first horse we will turn to. Having displayed useful form as a handicap hurdler, Global Power wasted little time in getting off the mark over fences, winning on his chase debut at Fontwell. He is entitled to improve for that initial experience and should not be underestimated. Merry King won with more in hand than the bare margin would suggest at Bangor last time, travelling smoothly throughout and having the race in the bag well before the last. He appeals as a type that may be open to further progress.

14:00- Four-runner affairs can often be problematic for Placepot purposes, but not when Big Buck's is one of the competitors. Banker.

14:35- Having shaped well on the Flat in the autumn, it is possible that Ardlui may be open to further progress and he can be forgiven a poor effort at the Cheltenham Festival when last seen over hurdles. Princely Player could be the other horse worth consideration, making his handicap debut after finishing in the top two on all four hurdles starts to date. He was possibly unsuited by the emphasis on speed in listed company at Kempton last time and should be well suited by today's trip.

15:10- Early evidence would indicate that last year's novice chasers were a vintage crop, and the duo who fought out the finish to the RSA Chase, Bobs Worth and First Lieutenant, can further that impression. Both are genuine Grade 1 performers, boasting three successes at the Cheltenham Festival between them, and they provide a touch of class in this year's Hennessy. Bobs Worth looks particularly solid, appealing as they type who tends to do just enough to win, and he has proven to be a consistent, reliable performer.

12:15- 1, 2
12:50- 1, 2
13:25- 3, 6
14:00- 1
14:35- 3, 9
15:10- 3, 4
= 32 lines

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