On Wednesday at Newbury there are some decent races to get stuck into. Hobbs and Henderson go head to head in the First Great Western Maiden hurdle with two well above average runners and that will be a watching brief for me.
The race I am getting interested in is the 12.50 which is a novices handicap chase over 3 miles and the going is set to be soft. The first thing needed to consider here is to make sure your selection is sure to stay and will handle the going. This is likely to be a gruelling test so weight to be carried could also be significant.
Looking at the runners I have to say that the likes of Penny Max, Not So Prudent and Gandalfe all have questions to answer over the going, trip or their jumping and I am happy to overlook them here.
Paul Nicholls is a trainer to be feared and his runner Minella Class was strongly fancied on seasonal debut only to disappoint slightly. The money may come again for him and he must be respected.
However, I believe I have a very strong candidate, who has run well in similar races on soft ground, is guaranteed to stay and has some reasonable form of late. ARTURO UNO is yet to get his head in front over fences but has run a series of respectable races and really should have won at Warwick when he was 5 lengths clear jumping the last and got nailed on the line. He ran an excellent race from a similar mark over three miles at Ffos Las, on soft ground, and with just 10 st 6lbs to carry he looks sure to run a huge race here. He might run into one that is better handicapped so I will bet him in the place market to cover my stake.
Alex Hales has a possible improver in the 6yo Sandsofthecolosseum and he looks worth a small saver after running well at Wetherby. Sure to handle the going and stay the trip, he needs to improve his jumping but if putting in a clear round could be a danger
ARTURO UNO 2 points win market 3 points place market
Sandsofthecolosseum 1 point win market