Friday racing tips feature selections from Doncaster, Ffos Las and Newbury which offer graded action, including the Long Distance Hurdle.
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Newbury racing tips
12.10: Powered by Jet 10/11
Was chosen as one of the horses to watch for the jumping season which has already featured numerous winners including Hang In There and Knappers Hill.
Now he’s making his first appearance for Nicky Henderson and there’s plenty of potential for the top court.
1.55: Stage Star 4/5
Was as high as peers in early racing markets for this Grade 2 contest on Wednesday, but was hammered to the odds favorite.
The horse trained by Paul Nicholls has a fine pedigree and was an excellent hurdler until some issues prevented any decent showing at the Cheltenham Festival and Aintree earlier this year.
A windy operation in July and subsequent training saw him win by 13l at West Cork on his hunting debut and that is surely a sign of special things to come.
He climbs to 143 in the leaderboards for this and it gives him a great chance to progress and win this one against tougher opponents.
2.30: Digitizer 15/4
Things seemed to settle down for the eight-year-old when he returned to form in March winning by 20 lengths and following that victory with a decent second place at Haydock next time around.
Has now finished in the top three in eight of his nine races on fences and cannot be ruled out against this type of opposition where he gave a lot of weight coming off a break.
2.58: Champion 15/8
It’s as open as it gets with the Long Distance Hurdle contest as a 2nd year contest.
And it’s those two pictured above who could fight to the line again – a pair you also can’t rule out despite not winning recently.
Thomas Darby won last year and Paisley Park came first, second and third from 2019 to 2021.
The 3m hurdle sees all two bars, Tea Clipper and Dashel Drasher win at this distance before.
But Champ, along with Henderson, will likely see many of his big guns win at Newbury as they often do as a favorite in JP McManus colours.
He retired at Aintree last time out but is coming back well from a break and was close in his other two races last season.
He is also at a dangerous mark, 161, just 6 pounds heavier than his victory at Ascot last December in the Long Walk Hurdle, beating Paisley Park.
Doncaster Race Tips
12:35 p.m.: Coastguard station 2/1
The horse trained by Henry Oliver appears to be improving from his only race this season after clearing a first hurdle over four lengths at Mortlach which eventually became a multiple winner.
He gave the Oscars leader 11 pounds but is still lightly ran – and bumped into Al Zaraqaan and Saligo Bay, the latter winning on his second outing after.
2/1 seems like a good price for this against some who come back to fence obstacles.
1.45: Mackenberg 11/4
Four runs over fences produced four winners for this Donald McCain-trained runner.
He is now rated at 140, the highest weight in this area and cannot be ruled out after winning his first round of the season.
Theo Gillard takes over this time and takes off 3lb which will help compensate enough to make the race even more competitive and should justify the favoritism.
Ffos Las Race Tips
2:40 p.m.: Franco d’Aunou 15/8
Venetia Williams trains this promising hurdler who has made an encouraging seasonal reappearance only beaten by a nose by Sayadam.
He’s come second four times now, but he’s surely weighted well to finally step up and win for the second time.
All odds correct at time of writing
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