ITV Racing are covering events at Newcastle and Newbury on Saturday in a star-studded day of racing. Cheltenham Festival Structure Hill is about to reappear within the Fighting Fifth Hurdle, where he’ll tackle stablemate Epatante.
With several wide-open races on the cards, landing the £50,000 ITV7 prize pot will probably be a troublesome task for entrants. Nevertheless, there are some strong favourites almost amongst the chosen races. Express Sport shares their picks for the day’s racing…
WALKING ON AIR (7/2) is an unexposed type and will prove hard to beat here if bouncing back to the shape that saw him land a novices’ hurdle over 2m in January in taking fashion. West Balboa heads here with an awesome probability as well for the Skelton yard, though Stage Star didn’t do his form any favours on Friday.
Racing fans were starved of star quality last weekend after CONSTITUTION HILL (1/3) was withdrawn by Nicky Henderson attributable to the bottom. The Champion Hurdle favourite reappears here against Epatante in what will probably be a real test of his character, though the five-year-old should win here.
FIRST STREET (7/2) finished last season in superb form and this could possibly be the best opportunity for the gelding to get his head in front. The five-year-old faces a troublesome task running off of top weight but his form within the Betfair Hurdle and County Hurdle at Cheltenham has worked out quite well. Gary Moore’s Teddy Blue and Grivetana are also in with a shout.
Tahmuras’ form lines are looking ones to follow this season, and SERGEANT WILSON (13/8) could possibly be the subsequent to frank them. The gelding stayed on incredibly well at Chepstow last trip when ending third, hanging left late on. If Nigel Twiston-Davies has managed to resolve that issue then his four-year-old could prove tough to beat. Sergeant Wilson actually isn’t an easy type but he has potential.
David Pipe’s REMASTERED (15/2) looks set to go close here off a mark of 142, following his success in a Pertemps Qualifier earlier this month at Aintree. The nine-year-old returns to chasing and will gain his comeuppance on this race, having fallen in last yr’s renewal when falling four-out whilst travelling very strongly. With race fitness on his side, it could be a shock to not see Remastered thereabouts within the closing stages of this 3m1f race.
It is straightforward to forgive the run of L’HOMME PRESSE (13/8) last trip when he felt the implications of a protracted campaign. Into Overdrive receives gets 26lb from the favourite, but that will not be enough to tip the balance in his favour and enable the seven-year-old to land the five-timer. L’Homme Presse will probably be primed for this outing and may find a way to say himself as a Cheltenham Gold Cup hopeful with a victory here off of top weight.
AMARILLO SKY (6/4) stayed on very strongly at Cheltenham when landing a handicap chase two weeks ago, and he is difficult to look past here. Joe Tizzard’s six-year-old was raised 4lb for that victory but that will not be enough to stop him back at Newbury, where has performed well previously. Only Money might want to sharpen up his jumping if he’s to go close, whereas Bun Doran must bounce back from his poor showing on the back end of last season.