Paul Nicholls

Paul Nicholls' Ditcheat Decs: Rubaud has a good chance in Betfair Hurdle

Betfair ambassador Paul Nicholls
Paul has 10 runners on Betfair Hurdle Saturday

Betfair Ambassador Paul Nicholls chats to Betfair's Barry Orr ahead of the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury. It's a massive weekend for Paul with 10 runners so watch the conversation and get his exclusive insight...


It's a massive weekend for Paul's Ditcheat yard and we have to start with Greaneteen in the Betfair Exchange Game Spirit Chase.

Paul said: "It's a prep race for the Champion Chase [at Cheltenham Festival]. I've left him (Greaneteen) a little fresh and short which probably suits him quite well. He was ready to win the Haldon Gold Cup.

"He didn't run at his very best at Sandown but he seems great now and looks fantastic. This is lovely ground for him."

Paul also has Hitman in the Denman Chase, about which he said:

"I've put a line through his performance in the King George. He didn't run well enough and paid the penalty. He jumps very well and loves fresh ground. He won at Newbury before. I think you'll see a different Hitman here and he'll go close."

Two horses - Hacker Des Places and Rubaud - represent Paul's yard in the Betfair Hurdle at 15:35 and Paul said:

"Hacker Des Places is definitely an improving young horse. I was surprised he won the other day at Cheltenham. The flat track here will suit him well. As long as the ground is on the slow side that will suit him nicely.

"Rubaud won two lovely races earlier in the season. He was second last time on soft ground and I've kept him for this hoping it would be good ground and it is. I think 130 is a very fair mark. He's got a lovely chance."

Paul has two in the bumper at 16:43 and it is difficult to separate them.

"Take no notice of the jockey bookings here. I said to Harry and Lorcan that if I had my last tenner I wouldn't know what to do.

"Four-year-old Meatloaf is getting plenty of weight. So he might like the ground. Fire Flyer has won on good ground too. To be honest, if I don't know [which one to back] then nobody knows. They are two lovely horses and it would be nice if one of them won."

This is just a sample of Paul's views, that are packed into the short film below, so watch his chat with Betfair's Barry Orr and read Paul on his 10 Saturday runners.

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