Paul Nicholls: Magic Saint can end the Newbury Winter Carnival in style

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Paul Nicholls thinks Magic Saint can show up in the Handicap Chase
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Betfair Ambassador Paul Nicholls has seven runners at Saturday's Newbury card and he's saved the best for last...

"This trip in soft ground looks perfect for Magic Saint who has tightened up well for that race."

Silver is golden

12:05 - Silver Forever

A classy mare who has taken brilliantly to hurdles, winning impressively at Chepstow before beating Floressa narrowly at this track just over three weeks ago after a head to head duel on the run in with the rest way behind.

While we haven't done a lot with her since then she is very well in herself, schooled nicely over hurdles in midweek and with the soft ground very much in her favour, I'm hopeful that she can confirm the form on 3lbs worse terms.

Needs more experience

12:40 - Danny Whizzbang

He is a lightly raced, scopey type who is unbeaten in three starts and was always going to be a chaser. He created quite an impression on his second run for us when thumping a good field at Exeter. He has done very well over the summer but came back into training later than most of ours after having a wind op, so whatever he does in this I'm sure he will come a fair bit for the run.

I haven't been in a hurry with Danny Whizzbang who is ready to start now and needs more experience. Long term he is an exciting prospect.

Good showing expected here

13:15 - Sametegal

He is a classy but fragile chaser whose career has been interrupted by various niggles and setbacks. We've had a clear run with him this autumn, he has had an away day for a racecourse gallop, retains all his enthusiasm and I expect him to put up a good show given that he always runs well first time up and will like the track.

Decent chance for Dan

13:50 - Dan McGrue

He really struggled last season having come back later into training because of an injury but he is a different horse this time after a wind op over the summer and gained a gutsy victory in a competitive handicap at Plumpton almost a month ago. The form is solid, too, as Acey Milan, the horse he beat there, then finished second in a £100,000 race at Haydock last Saturday.

While Dan McGrue is up to a career high mark he has got his confidence back and has a decent chance here.

Will like the ground here

14:25 - Christopher Wood

He is a beautiful horse who has plenty of form on soft ground and returned after a wind op to finish a fair fourth behind Fusil Raffles and Grand Sancy at Wincanton three weeks ago. He has definitely improved for that run, is pleasing in his work and I expect him to run very well now that he has blown the cobwebs away.

Eyeing up another Welsh National

15:00 Yala Enki

He is a classy new recruit to the team having finished third in the Coral Welsh National before being far from disgraced in the Gold Cup. I just wish I had another fortnight with Yala Enki as he was held up after he had a wind op a fortnight after joining us. We know he stays well, loves soft ground and he has had an away day but he is probably on a stiff enough handicap mark.

I am still learning about Yala Enki and although I am hopeful he will a good account of himself. I suspect he might just need the run which could put him spot on for another crack at the Welsh National. Then again if the wind op helps him find some improvement you never know.

Can sprinkle some magic

15:40 - Magic Saint

Is yet another of ours who had surgery over the summer to sort out his breathing. While he ran well enough when fifth on his comeback in the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham he did get a bit tired late on as lack of peak fitness told.

This trip in soft ground looks perfect for Magic Saint who has tightened up well for that race and looks to have the best chance of my seven runners at Newbury.

Paul Nicholls,

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