Horse Racing Betting Tips for a Lucky 15 on Saturday 8th February from ITV Racing
Altior and Native River are set to feature in separate races at Newbury on Saturday but with their odds expected to be very short, these lucky 15 racing tips concentrates on two handicap hurdles on the same card sponsored by Betfair.
Two other races are selected from Warwick where a decent novices’ chase and a mares’ hurdle are the main events. All four races are set to be televised on ITV Racing as we build-up to the 2020 Cheltenham Festival with our tips.
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Betfair Bet-In-Play Handicap Hurdle – 1.50 Newbury
An open looking contest for this 3m Class 2 hurdle is set to feature the consistent One For The Team among the leading contenders. The 6-year-old gelding has failed to win in six starts over hurdles but has not been beaten by more than three lengths in his three races this term. He stays three miles but may just lack that vital turn of foot to win races.
Top weight Dolphin Square is capable of finishing first as proved by two victories since mid-October and he was a decent winner at Ludlow last time. This race will be a tougher contest but David Maxwell has ridden him in all National Hunt races to date.
There may also be confidence behind Thunderstruck who was well beaten by King Roland on New Year’s Day but gave the impression that 2m2f was an inadequate trip. An earlier second place over 2m4f at Wincanton was encouraging.
Tip – Dolphin Square to win (6/1).
Agetur UK Kingmaker Novices’ Chase – 2.05 Warwick
For this 2m Grade 2 novices’ chase, Nube Negra is set to start as clear favourite after winning his first two races over fences before just failing in the Henry VIII Chase at Sandown when narrowly beaten by Esprit Du Large. The duo were well clear of third-placed horse Grand Sancy.
In opposition to the Dan Skelton trained gelding will be Rouge Vif who benefitted from wind surgery when finishing second behind Global Citizen in the Kempton Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase. However, he only beat Grand Sancy by a length on that occasion.
Precious Cargo is expected to be another prominent contender after just failing to lead all of the way in a race last month at Newbury. He had previously won a three-runner event at Haydock and represents the powerful Nicky Henderson yard.
Tip – Nube Negra to Win (11/8).
Paddy Power Mares’ Hurdle – 2.40 Warwick
Staged over 2m5f, this Listed event has attracted a decent field which includes Legends Gold from the Rebecca Curtis stable. She is a winner of three of her four races this season but when tried in a Class 2 contest on her penultimate start, she could only finish sixth in a Cheltenham handicap over this same distance. A break may have helped when she won last time at Ludlow.
Top-weighted mare Indefatigable could be a more likely contender after being placed in decent company this term. A close second behind Lady Buttons during November, she was a well-beaten third behind Silver Forever on her latest start and may always find one or two speedier opponents in races.
Copper Gone West was runner-up in that contest won by Silver Forever finishing eleven lengths clear of Indefatigable and she won at Doncaster over three miles on her previous outing. An unpredictable mare, she won twice earlier this year over similar distances to this contest.
Tip – Copper Gone West to Win (6/1).
Betfair Hurdle – 3.35 Newbury
With a maximum field of 24 runners set to participate in this 2m Grade 3 handicap hurdle, Quoi De Neuf could be an interesting challenger among the lower weighted horses. Favoured by good ground and trained by Evan Williams, he produced two promising efforts earlier this season before being brought down in the Ascot Betfair Exchange Trophy during late December. This lightly raced gelding is consistent and should be involved at the finish.
Stable companion Mack The Man is also well-treated at the weights and has won both races this term, but it appears that his best form is reserved for soft underfoot conditions.
Among the other main contenders is Not So Sleepy who won the race in which Quoi De Neuf was an unfortunate casualty. Following a busy 2019 during which he won his last two handicaps at Ascot, the 8-year-old gelding has risen significantly in the ratings. That rise followed an easy win in the ‘Betfair’ and he faces a much more difficult task than last time.
It would also be unwise to ignore Never Adapt from the Nicky Henderson yard who followed a Cheltenham third-placed effort in December by then winning at Kempton last month. He was an easy winner that day and there could be more to come while The Bannerkingrebel meets Stolen Silver on 9lb better terms for a two-lengths defeat in a graded Haydock novices’ hurdle.
Tip – Never Adapt to Win (15/2).
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