Timeform UK SmartPlays: Saturday November 26

The Hennessy Gold Cup is the feature race at Newbury on Saturday
The Hennessy Gold Cup is the feature race at Newbury on Saturday

Timeform pick out three bets from Hennessy Gold Cup day at Newbury on Saturday...


Born Survivor - Newbury 14:05

Born Survivor was strong in the betting and duly built on the promise of an encouraging first season over hurdles when second on his return to action at Aintree last month. He was unable to match the winner's impressive turn of foot on that occasion, but maintained a healthy advantage over the remainder and certainly showed enough to suggest he is up to winning a race from his current mark. Indeed, that form gives him the edge over long-term absentee Battle Born on Timeform ratings here and - likely to improve with that first outing for eight months under his belt - Born Survivor is fancied to defy a 2 lb rise in the weights and can establish himself as a smart prospect for the Dan Skelton yard.

Who Dares Wins - Newbury 14:40

Who Dares Wins shaped well when fourth of 14 on his handicap debut at Chepstow seven weeks ago, still having plenty to do as the field turned into the straight and ultimately doing extremely well to get within a length and three-quarters of the smart winner. He got no further than the second hurdle on his most recent outing at Cheltenham (blundered and unseated his rider), but had displayed a slick jumping technique on the whole previously and is taken to gain compensation in a race that has been won by the likes of Rock On Ruby and L'ami Serge in recent years. Ozzie The Oscar has won four of his five starts over hurdles to date and could be the one to give the selection most to do here.

Henri Parry Morgan - Newbury 15:10

Henri Parry Morgan was found out by an unexpected lapse on his most recent outing at Sandown in April, still travelling as well as anything and looking likely to be thereabouts when unseating his rider six-out. His departure came too early to say with any confidence where he would have finished, but he had proved progressive to that point in the season and marked himself down as one to follow in the major staying handicaps this time round. Indeed, there is every chance there could be more to come from him after just six starts over the larger obstacles and Henri Parry Morgan is preferred to Native River as he attempts to give the Bowen family a landmark victory in this prestigious contest.

Timeform UK SmartPlays:
(All from Newbury)

Win back Born Survivor in the 14:05
Win back Who Dares Wins in the 14:40
Win back Henri Parry Morgan in the 15:10


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