Timeform Shortlist: Newbury, Friday November 25

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12.30 bet365 'National Hunt' Maiden Hurdle (3) 2m69y

130p 5. CAPTAIN FOREZ Dan Skelton Harry Skelton
123 9. JUST JOELLIOTT Seamus Durack Conor O'Farrell
111 2. BOUDRY Warren Greatrex Gavin Sheehan

Analyst's Verdict:
Smart bumper performer Jenkins is bred more for the Flat, but has plenty about him physically, and Nicky Henderson normally runs one of his better novices in this event, so he ticks plenty of boxes. French-recruit Captain Forez needs monitoring in the market, as does Bags Groove in a maiden hurdle that should throw up plenty of future winners.

1.05 bet365 Chase (Novices' Limited Handicap) (3) 2m92y

158 4. SIRABAD Paul Nicholls Sean Bowen
154p 3. KNOCKGRAFFON Dan Skelton Harry Skelton
153p 1. DOUBLE W'S Malcolm Jefferson Brian Hughes

Analyst's Verdict:
Sirabad justified strong support and looked better than ever when making a winning chase return at Wincanton last week, and wisely turned out under a penalty, he could be worth chancing to follow up. This is a competitive contest though, with Knockgraffon, Double W's and Suit Yourself heading an extensive shortlist.

1.35 Fuller's London Pride Novices' Chase (Berkshire) (Grade 2) (1) 2m3f187y

158 1. VIRGILIO Dan Skelton Harry Skelton
157p 3. OUR KAEMPFER Charlie Longsdon Noel Fehily
152P 4. CLAN DES OBEAUX Paul Nicholls Sean Bowen

Analyst's Verdict:
It goes without saying that One Track Mind could have been found an easier opening than this on his first start over fences but he was quite comfortably the best of these over hurdles and can pass the test with flying colours. Virgilio's experience should count for plenty so he is feared most despite shaping as if amiss 3 weeks ago.

2.10 bet365 Long Distance Hurdle (Grade 2) (1) 3m52y

175p 3. BALLYOPTIC Nigel Twiston-Davies Ryan Hatch
174 1. REVE DE SIVOLA Nick Williams Daryl Jacob
168 2. SNOW FALCON Noel Meade Sean Flanagan

Analyst's Verdict:
Ballyoptic looked set to go close when coming down at the final flight in a Wetherby Grade 2 last time and can get back to winning ways here and establish himself as a leading contender for World Hurdle honours in the spring. Unowhatimeanharry did nothing but progress for Harry Fry last season and could be the one to give him most to do ahead of Reve de Sivola.

2.45 bet365 Open Handicap Chase (2) 2m3f187y

161p 2. THREE MUSKETEERS Dan Skelton Harry Skelton
160 6. STILLETTO Johnny Farrelly Brendan Powell
160 7. SAN BENEDETO Paul Nicholls Nick Scholfield

Analyst's Verdict:
A chance is taken on Stilletto, who remains with potential over fences on his return for a new yard and was quietly fancied for the BetVictor at Cheltenham prior to being withdrawn. Three Musketeers is feared most despite a rather underwhelming return, with San Benedeto and Double Shuffle also worth considering.

3.20 Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) (2) 3m52y

162p 10. BEHIND TIME Harry Fry Kieron Edgar (3)
154p 8. SOLOMN GRUNDY Neil Mulholland Noel Fehily
151 3. SHANTOU BOB Warren Greatrex Gavin Sheehan

Analyst's Verdict:
It's very hard to ignore the claims of Behind Time who looked well ahead of his mark when successful on his Cheltenham reappearance and escapes a penalty as that came in a conditional jockeys' event. Solomn Grundy chased him home at Cheltenham and can fill the forecast spot again, while El Bandit will require a very smart effort to extend his winning run to 6 but should still go well.

3.50 bet365 Novices' Hurdle (3) 2½m118y

145 6. CHOCALA Alan King Wayne Hutchinson
143p 1. PHOBIAPHILIAC Nicky Henderson Jeremiah McGrath
137p 12. WATERLOO WARRIOR Colin Tizzard Tom Scudamore

Analyst's Verdict:
Nicky Henderson is well represented and expensive point-recruit Reigning Supreme could prove the pick with Barry Geraghty booked. Phobiaphiliac undoubtedly has more to offer but may prove vulnerable under a penalty, while it would be a surprise if there wasn't more to come from Chocala now going up in trip.



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