Oddschecker tips for every race at Newbury on Saturday.
This race usually goes to an above-average performer having been won by the likes of Al Ferof, Qewy and High Bridge in recent years. WHATSWRONGWITHYOU can be supported to add his name to that list having won a similar event over C&D last month, where he accounted for a very talented stablemate. Air Navigator brings strong bumper form to the table and he will be a threat to the selection if taking to hurdles. Others to note are Grapevine and Rockpoint. Prediction : 1st Whatswrongwithyou 2nd Air Navigator 3rd Rockpoint
Barters Hill makes his comeback having last been seen in a Cheltenham novice chase back in November 2016. The eight-year-old was a Grade 1-winning novice hurdler but he is more than entitled to need the run after 456 days off. BASTIEN won well at Towcester back in November and he would have placed in a competitive Pertemps Qualifier at Wincanton on Boxing Day but for falling at the last. Lough Derg Farmer should appreciate the return to hurdles, while King Uther and Talkischeap also make the shortlist. Prediction : 1st Bastien 2nd Lough Derg Farmer 3rd Barters Hill
Previous efforts suggest that NATIVE RIVER is vulnerable on his seasonal return but it is hard to oppose last year's winner. Colin Tizzard's gelding went on to finish third behind Sizing John in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham and he can add another victory to his record today prior to returning to Prestbury Park. Cloudy Dream often finishes second in these type of events and he can fill that position once again. Saphir Du Rheu has not been seen since unseating his rider in the Grand National but he was only a few lengths behind the selection in the Gold Cup. Prediction : 1st Native River 2nd Cloudy Dream 3rd Saphir Du Rheu
The National Hunt season has missed the presence of ALTIOR due to an untimely issue with his wind when preparing for the Tingle Creek in November. All the signs have been positive for Nicky Henderson's star chaser with everything seemingly going to plan at home and while he may not entirely be at 100 percent, neither will his main rival and subsequent Tingle Creek winner Politologue as his trainer Paul Nicholls has stressed he will improve for the outing with the Champion Chase at the forefront of both trainers' minds. Valdez returns from a massive 1204 days off the track and it is very difficult to predict what level of ability he will retain.Prediction : 1st Altior 2nd Politologue 3rd Valdez
The richest handicap hurdle on the calendar sees champion trainer Nicky Henderson, who leads the way in the training ranks in this contest with five winners, well represented with five contenders and a case can be made for the majority of them. Jenkins has been a revelation since the application of blinkers and was rather impressive when beating Air Horse One over 2m3f at Ascot. He is 3lb well in and has the assistance of James Bowen in the saddle once again. Verdana Blue was inconvenienced by a slow pace when third to Hunter's Call at Ascot just before Christmas when having several of these in behind, and Silver Streak (2nd) ahead of her who holds solid claims once again, while Lough Derg Spirit arrives here fresh after a good effort when runner-up in the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton in November. However, his best chance appears to be KAYF GRACE, who is lightly-raced and open to further improvement on only her fourth start over hurdles. A Grade 2 bumper winner at Aintree, she seems to be over the issues that plagued her last season and she was impressive when winning at Kempton over Christmas. Lalor would be a poignant winner for the Woollacotts' and could improve significantly for a wind operation, while others to consider include Kalashnikov, second in the Tolworth last time, Misterton, second in the Greatwood which has worked out well, and High Bridge, who is 2-2 over C&D and looks solid each-way value for a yard that have recently hit form again.Prediction : 1st Kayf Grace 2nd Jenkins 3rd High Bridge
MARKOV has taken especially well to chasing being 2-2 over the larger obstacles with wins at Fontwell and Doncaster just before Christmas, and there is every chance he could find further improvement for a step up in trip as he now looks a much stronger individual. Duke Des Champs ran with great credit on his return when runner-up here over shorter in December behind Rocklander and he appears to have had a long enough break to potentially stop the bounce factor, while Reigning Supreme should be suited by a return to Newbury and for the step up in trip having unseated at Kempton over Christmas behind Hell's Kitchen.Prediction : 1st Markov 2nd Duke Des Champs 3rd Reigning Supreme
A race that has thrown up top class individuals down the years and this renewal looks no exception with plenty in the field boasting lofty reputations. Good Boy Bobby has looked very smart in winning his two bumpers at Chepstow and won on the bridle on the second occasion so he warrants the utmost respect along with Brewin'upastorm, a winner of his first start for Olly Murphy at Hereford when beating Portrush Ted. Danny Kirwan sold for a hefty sum of money when winning his point in impressive fashion and the son of Scorpion has joined Paul Nicholls where this entry seems notable for his Rules debut. Pym represents the same connections as Altior, who ran in this very race three years ago, and has a similar profile having seemingly taken time to come to hand, while stable companion Morning Vicar comes here after a C&D win last month. The vote, however, goes to NESTOR PARK as he showed a tenacious attitude to see off Portrush Ted at Ascot in November and that could hold him in good stead here like it did Barters Hill when he won the race for the yard back in 2015.Prediction : 1st Nestor Park 2nd Good Boy Bobby 3rd Brewinupastorm