Nick Shiambouros returns with a couple of selections from the outstanding meeting at Newbury...
"This high-class performer won the RSA at Cheltenham in great style last season and has no stamina issues whatsoever"
14:40 Newbury - Omessa Has
Omessa Has is taken to win this interesting contest.
This filly finished down the field behind Katie Too on her UK debut at Cheltenham last season. She started to feel the strain four flights from home, and quickly weakened out of contention. This run is best forgotten as this was not her true running.
Trainer Nicky Henderson loves to win this race and she has the potential to deliver. She kept some pretty decent company in France and could be a cut above these. At present she is trading at 3.814/5 on the exchange which is just about right.
Tommy Silver could be the danger. He was a little disappointing on his seasonal reappearance, and is best judged on his third to Wolf Of Windlesham at Sandown last season. He is currently trading at 6.25/1 on the exchange.
15:10 Newbury - Blaklion
Blaklion should run well in this mouthwatering contest.
This gelding finished fourth to Irish Cavalier in the Charlie Hall at Wetherby last month. He made a mistake two fences from home but the writing was already on the wall. He clearly needed the run in my opinion, and should be a different proposition today.
This high-class performer won the RSA at Cheltenham in great style last season and has no stamina issues whatsoever. His jumping has improved, and should be suited by a strongly run race.
He is currently trading at 11.010/1 on the exchange and I have backed him at that price.
Native River is the favourite at 7.26/1. He finished second to Silsol in a hurdle event at Wetherby last month and should be ready to do himself justice. This talented performer won the Mildmay Novices' Chase at Aintree and deserves his position at the head of the market.
He likes to bowl along in front, but may not get an easy lead in this company.
Saturday's Recommended Bets
Back Omessa Has in the 14:40 at Newbury
Back Blaklion in the 15:10 at Newbury
Weekly P/L +5.35
Weekly P/L +5.35