Through The Card: Newbury, Friday 29 November

Paisley Park over hurdles
Timeform take you through the card at Newbury on Friday

Timeform take you through the card at Newbury on Friday...

"...signed off with a brilliant win in the Stayers' Hurdle..."

Timeform on Paisley Park

12:15 - Harry Fry's Irish point winner KING ROLAND (10) was impressive in winning both his bumper starts last season, following up a 22-length demolition job at Uttoxeter with an equally encouraging victory at Ffos Las, and he rates an exciting prospect for novice hurdles. He is up against a field full of unexposed types but get the vote to make a winning debut in this sphere.

12:45 - WEST TO THE BRIDGE (7) has made a fairly solid start over fences and looked rather unfortunate on his latest appearance when he pecked on landing two from home after making good progress. Dan Skelton's charge has gone unpunished for that performance, despite rallying well to get up for second late on, and he could be worth chancing to confirm the promise of his latest start.

13:20 - SHAN BLUE (10) showed plenty of ability in a Warwick bumper in March on his first start under Rules and did so again when runner-up in a good race at Wetherby on his hurdling debut. He pulled well clear of the remainder of the field and, with that performance backed up by a good time, is taken to come out on top here with more improvement anticipated.

13:50 - KALASHNIKOV (2) has long promised to make into a high-class chaser and took a step closer to realising that potential when breaking his Grade 1 maiden in the Manifesto Novices' Chase at Aintree last term. He returned to action last month with an excellent second in the Old Roan Chase, again at Aintree, and can make his presence felt here off a decent handicap mark.

14:25 - CHAMP (2) scored with plenty in hand on his chase debut here earlier this month, readily holding Dashel Drasher, and is expected to uphold that form and make it two wins in two starts over fences. The dual Grade 1 novice hurdle winner looks set to reach the top over fences.

15:00 - PAISLEY PARK (1) was unbeaten last season and signed off with a brilliant win in the Stayers' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March. The Worlds End and Unowhatimeanharry have the benefit of race fitness, but Paisley Park would not need to be in top form to come out on top, and he is impossible to oppose.

15:35 - This is an open race to close the card and it may be worth siding with POTTERS HEDGER (17). Lucy Wadham's charge showed consistent form last campaign following his two wins in the winter, and should strip fitter for his creditable second at Lingfield recently. Anytime Will Do looked a fine prospect when landing his first three outings under Rules, and got back on track when third at Market Rasen on return, so could also be worth a chance now fully tuned up.

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