Timeform Shortlist: Newbury, Saturday November 28

The Hennessy Gold Cup is the feature on Saturday at Newbury
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The Timeform Shortlist comes from Hennessy Day at Newbury on Saturday.

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12.15 Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Listed) (1) 2m69y

Timeform Top Rated:
150 6. TEA IN TRANSVAAL Evan Williams Paul Moloney
141p 5. RUBY RAMBLER Lucy Wadham Leighton Aspell
140 1. COLLA PIER Patrick Mooney Robert Dunne

Analyst's Verdict:
Tea In Transvaal matched the pick of her previous form despite meeting with defeat at Cheltenham on her latest outing, and she could well be the answer having made big strides forward this term. Ruby Rambler, who impressed with the manner of her success at Towcester recently, is feared most ahead of Colla Pier.

12.45 bet365.com Novices' Limited Handicap Chase (3) 2m92y

Timeform Top Rated:
153 2. ARZAL Harry Whittington Gavin Sheehan
152p 7. JAVERT Emma Lavelle Sean Bowen
148p 5. WADSWICK COURT Neil Mulholland Noel Fehily

Analyst's Verdict:
Aso was a useful hurdler but is the type to make an even better chaser, shaping with plenty of encouragement when narrowly denied on his first go over fences at Warwick recently, and he is sure to do better now entering handicaps. Javert made a mockery of his opening mark at Chepstow and isn't dismissed, along with Arzal, who bolted up at Ludlow last time.

1.15 Sir Peter O'Sullevan Memorial Handicap Chase (3) 2¾m93y

Timeform Top Rated:
157p 15. ABRACADABRA SIVOLA Nick Williams Richard Johnson
156? 8. SI C'ETAIT VRAI Neil Mulholland Noel Fehily
154p 11. ALOOMOMO Warren Greatrex Gavin Sheehan

Analyst's Verdict:
A wide-open renewal that may go the way of Abracadabra Sivola, who has shaped much better second time round over fences, doing little wrong when chasing home a smart prospect at Exeter this month. The return to shorter will suit and he is given the nod over the hat-trick-seeking Aloomomo. Shangani and Ericht arrive here in good heart and should also make their presence felt.

1.50 bet365 Handicap Hurdle (2) 2¼m183y

Timeform Top Rated:
147 4. HEATH HUNTER David Pipe Tom Scudamore
145 7. SIR IVAN Harry Fry Noel Fehily
144 5. AUENWIRBEL Laura Young Robert Dunne

Analyst's Verdict:
Ma Filleule is unlikely to ever reach the same level over hurdles as fences but she is still potentially well treated off her much lower mark in this sphere and is worth chancing with the step back up in trip in her favour. The lightly-raced Ibis Du Rheu could easily leave his 2 previous efforts for this stable behind back from a break with headgear fitted. Dubawi Island completes the shortlist.

2.25 bet365 Long Distance Hurdle (Grade 2) (1) 3m52y

Timeform Top Rated:
177 1. COLE HARDEN Warren Greatrex Gavin Sheehan
176 2. WHISPER Nicky Henderson Nico de Boinville
171p 3. THISTLECRACK Colin Tizzard Tom Scudamore

Analyst's Verdict:
Thistlecrack thrived when upped to this sort of trip as a novice and can make the most of the 4 lb he receives from World Hurdle winner Cole Harden and dual Liverpool Hurdle scorer Whisper.

3.00 Hennessy Gold Cup Chase (Handicap) (Grade3) (1) 3m1f214y

Timeform Top Rated:
175+ 10. IF IN DOUBT Philip Hobbs Barry Geraghty
175 4. HOUBLON DES OBEAUX Venetia Williams Aidan Coleman
174p 1. SAPHIR DU RHEU Paul Nicholls Sam Twiston-Davies

Analyst's Verdict:
It might be worth taking a punt on the talented If In Doubt, who has the ability to defy his current mark if brushing up his jumping. The classy Saphir du Rheu has obvious claims despite top weight, while Ned Stark, Houblon des Obeaux and Theatre Guide all make each-way appeal.

3.35 bet365 Handicap Chase (2) 2m92y

Timeform Top Rated:
162+ 6. STELLAR NOTION Paul Nicholls Sam Twiston-Davies
160 8. GARDEFORT Venetia Williams Aidan Coleman
157+ 4. LOUGH KENT Nicky Henderson Nico de Boinville

Analyst's Verdict:
Stellar Notion was disappointing at Cheltenham on his final 2 starts last term but had created a good impression when winning twice prior to that and is taken to bounce back on his first outing for Paul Nicholls. Gardefort bolted up on last year's reappearance and is much respected for his in-form yard, while Lough Kent was bang there until a blunder 2 out in a highly competitive event last time.

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