Timeform UK SmartPlays: Saturday November 28

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

Timeform select bets at Newbury, Newcastle and Bangor on Saturday.

"If he is able to brush up on his jumping, then he could still be ahead of this mark, and at the prices appeals as a decent bet."

Newcastle 14:05 - Irving

This renewal of the Fighting Fifth has a slightly more competitive feel to it than last year's running, which was won by the returning Irving. Paul Nicholls' runner has been thriving in the early part of this term, though, taking the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton before fighting off the re-opposing Top Notch last time at Haydock, and with his form to date looking superior to current favourite Wicklow Brave, he can successfully defend his crown.

Bangor 14:10 - Mr Shantu

Mr Shantu looks a banker for this race at Bangor, arriving here just 5lbs higher than when second at Cheltenham in October. His second that day was fairly remarkable, given that he was nearly brought to a standstill four out and found himself spotting the leader some 13 lengths. Regular claimer Patrick Cowley makes his task even easier, and it would be a big shock if he didn't make it two wins from three starts this season.

Newbury 15:00 - If In Doubt

Saphir du Rheu is a potential top-notch chaser and is the class angle in this season's Hennessy, with Coneygree unfortunately a non-runner. This is of course a handicap, however and he may just struggle to give a stone away to If In Doubt, who was an impressive winner of a valuable listed chase at Doncaster from a 10lb lower mark, despite making several bad mistakes. If he is able to brush up on his jumping, then he could still be ahead of this mark, and at the prices appeals as a decent bet.


Timeform UK SmartPlays:

Back Irving in the 14:05 at Newcastle
Back Mr Shantu in the 14:10 at Bangor
Back If In Doubt in the 15:00 at Newbury



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