Today’s horse racing preview selections come from Newbury & Doncaster with one selection from each meeting.
13.50 Newbury – Ladbrokes Novices Chase (Grade 2) (Registered As The Berkshire Novices Chase) (19.8f)
Two big guns take on each other this afternoon in Yanworth & Willoughby Court, the former was last seen when falling at Exeter, it’s hard to say how close he would have gone when falling early doors, he will have to have recovered his confidence this afternoon if he is to take the scalp of the selection, however he has to be respected and the Grade 1 winning hurdler will have to show he is a force.
One I have put in my tracker for the rest of the season is Ben Pauling’s Willoughby Court, The Neptune winner comes here off an impressive display when winning on his chase debut at Huntingdon, he made a few jumping errors which was to be expected, he should have learnt from that experience and for me can dictate matters from start to finish.
WILLOUGHBY COURT : 3pt Win 2/1 (BOG)
14.00 Doncaster – Mister Softee Nostalgia Handicap Chase (19.2f)
Master Burbridge could not have been more impressive last time out when easing to the front approaching the last to exert to record an easy four and a half lengths success at Plumpton. He will have to overcome a 7lb rise this afternoon, however his future mark will return to 115 after this run, he might be an improving type but he is taking on some excellent chasers.
Monbeg River is coming off the back of a good third at Wetherby last October, he looked in need of a run, and he has to be respected. The selection comes in the way of Tom Georges Drumlee Sunset who sets a very high standard off the back of last season. The seven year old gelding has adapted to the larger obstacles well which saw him win a Novice chase at Exeter on debut when trained by Philip Hobbs, he was also runner up in this last year to German Calling when off a mark of 133.
With just being 3lb higher this time around and an extra run behind him despite pulling up on his last run last season at Ayr, he looks well treated off current mark of 136.
DRUMLEE SUNSET : 2pt Win @ 7/2 (BOG)