Through The Card: Newbury, Friday November 25

The Long Distance Hurdle is the feature race at Newbury on Friday
The Long Distance Hurdle is the feature race at Newbury on Friday

Timeform take you through the card at Newbury on Friday.

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12:30 - JENKINS (8) was an impressive nine-length winner of his Rules debut in a bumper at this venue in April and shaped best despite failing to justify favouritism when second in the 16-runner Goffs Land Rover Bumper at the Punchestown Festival. He perhaps paid the price for making his bid for home so soon on that occasion, but remains an exciting prospect for the top novice hurdles over two miles and can consolidate that view with victory in this opening leg of the Placepot.

13:05 - SIRABAD (4) looked better than ever when an emphatic winner of his most recent outing at Wincanton, travelling strongly on the front end throughout and quickly asserting once asked for his effort two-out. That form leaves him 4 lb clear of his nearest rival on ratings and, while he hasn't always proved the most consistent in the past, Sirabad should prove extremely difficult to beat if arriving in the same mood here and is fancied to defy a 7 lb penalty with a defeat of Double W's.

13:35 - PROTEK DES FLOS (5) looked a useful prospect when making a successful debut for the Nicky Henderson yard at Cheltenham in January and didn't need to improve when following up at Sandown next time. He shaped as if the step up to this longer trip would see him in an even better light when second on his most recent outing at Auteuil in March and, while his lack of a recent run is an obvious concern here, Protek des Flos has the physique to suggest he could be capable of even better in this sphere and makes most appeal in this third leg of the Placepot.

14:10 - BALLYOPTIC (3) produced a smart level of form when capping an unbeaten first season over hurdles with victory in the Sefton Novices' Hurdle at Aintree in April and quickly picked up where he had left off when making a successful reappearance at Chepstow last month. He remains with World Hurdle potential despite a heavy fall on his most recent outing at Wetherby and, with trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies confident that that incident hasn't left a mark, Ballyoptic is fancied to confirm earlier promise and can regain the winning thread in this Grade 2 prize.

14:45 - TENOR NIVERNAIS (1) was disappointing when only fifth of eight on his most recent outing at Cheltenham in April, but had proved consistent for the most part prior to that and showed that he can run well fresh when running out a 27-length winner of his 2015/16 seasonal debut at Ascot. He has dropped to a mark just 2 lb higher than when second at Cheltenham in January and makes plenty of appeal with the Placepot in mind. He is joined by DOUBLE SHUFFLE (3), who appeared to resent the change of tactics when pulled-up at Cheltenham 13 days ago and should be thereabouts if returning to the form of his earlier second at Chepstow.

15:20 - EL BANDIT (1) looked the pick on form and highlighted his admirable resolution once again when completing the five-timer at Cheltenham five weeks ago. He shaped as if this longer trip would be well within his range and is expected to be involved again on handicap debut for an in-form yard (13 winners from last 49 runners). SOLOMN GRUNDY (8) shaped well when second on his handicap debut at Cheltenham 12 days ago and, with the possibility of more to come if settling better in the early stages here, he is fancied to reverse the placings with winner Behind Time and also has to enter calculations with the Placepot in mind.

15:50 - REIGNING SUPREME (11) looks the pick of the three Nicky Henderson runners with Barry Geraghty in the saddle here and is fancied to open his account over hurdles at the first time of asking, with stablemate Phobiaphiliac feared most of the remainder.

Recommendations:

Win back BALLYOPTIC in the 14:10 at Newbury

Placepot permutation:

12:30 - 8
13:05 - 4
13:35 - 5
14:10 - 3
14:45 - 1, 3
15:20 - 1, 8

4 lines


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