Paul Nicholls: The views on my six runners on Betfair Super Saturday

Paul Nicholls saddles six runners on Saturday including five at Newbury on Betfair Super Saturday
Paul Nicholls saddles six runners on Saturday including five at Newbury on Betfair Super Saturday

An exciting day ahead awaits Paul Nicholls as the Betfair Ambassador has some excellent chances at Newbury on Betfair Super Saturday. Read Paul's exclusive views here on their chances as well as his solitary runner at Warwick...


Newbury 15.35 - Modus

"But he is a different horse now, without a shadow of a doubt and has a massive chance in this valuable handicap. He stays, he wants a fast run race, has a great racing weight, is in terrific order and looks fabulous at the moment."

Newbury 13:20 - Emerging Talent

A gorgeous looking horse who showed the benefit of a little operation to improve his breathing with a highly impressive victory at Exeter in the mud on New Year's Day.

That persuaded me to make an entry for Emerging Talent in the Betfair Hurdle later on this card.

He had questions to answer after his earlier defeat at Chepstow so I was thrilled with the way he came home strongly in the closing stages at Exeter.

I've been really happy with Emerging Talent, the ground should be ideal and he looks to have Dan Skelton's Meet The Legend to beat.


Warwick 13:30 - Vivaldi Collonges

I put him back in this race at the last minute on Friday morning when I saw it had cut up badly. With only three likely runners it is worth having a go even though Vivaldi Collonges has a stiff penalty to carry for winning at Kelso earlier in the season.

He then struggled a bit in a competitive handicap in deep ground at this track. He jumps, he stays well and is in good form at home so why not support a race like this with decent prize money.


Newbury 13:50 - Keltus

Ran his best race for some time when keeping on steadily in finishing third over two miles, five furlongs at Kempton on Boxing Day.

He looked to be crying out for three miles that day and gets the chance to prove it here. While he has form on soft ground I hope it will not be too deep for him at Newbury.


Newbury 14:25 - Rocky Creek

Finished second to the highly rated Don Cossack in a Grade 1 Chase at Down Royal but then didn't enjoy himself at Aintree over the National fences early in December and dropped out quickly after being hampered by a faller at the ninth.

A small field of runners here should suit Rocky Creek who has done plenty of hard graft over the past month, and tends to run his best races at this time of year on a flat track. He should go tidily.


Newbury 15.00 - Dodging Bullets

Has made great strides at home since recovering from a niggling splint problem that put his training routine on hold for the best part of two months.

Dodging Bullets has been back in strong work for a while now, looks fantastic in his coat, absolutely amazing and I can't wait to see in action again in this race which should put him spot on for the defence of his title in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham.

He is as ready as I can get him after an interrupted preparation. In fact I don't think I have ever had him quite as well and fit going into his first race of the season.

While I hope and believe he can win this I'd add that he is bound to improve for the run.


Newbury 15.35 - Modus

Was beaten at Taunton over Christmas but there were excused as some of ours were not firing at the time, the ground was as bad as I've known it at Taunton and he was carrying a double penalty.

Modus has really thrived since then as I've stepped up his training routine and is the best I've ever had him. No question.

I can understand why Barry Geraghty has chosen to ride Blazer as Modus may not have given him a great feel at Taunton under such a big weight.

But he is a different horse now, without a shadow of a doubt and has a massive chance in this valuable handicap. He stays, he wants a fast run race, has a great racing weight, is in terrific order and looks fabulous at the moment.

I'm delighted that Nick Scholfield has the ride on Modus as he has done all the schooling on him from day one and really believes in him.


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