Paul Ferguson has one selection for us on Friday; Carole’s Spirit in the Newbury 3.15. Compare odds and bet.
The highlights on day two of Newbury’s Hennessy meeting appear to be the juvenile and novice hurdles that bookend the card, both of which should be expected to throw up a fair few subsequent winners.
The 3m Pertemps qualifier looks ultra-competitive and these contests don’t usually attract my attention, but take a second look at Kilmurvy now he steps up in trip for the first time. Jeremy Scott’s five-year-old has been crying out for 3m and could easily outrun his odds of 33/1 (early price with Ladbrokes). Having run out last time, however, he clearly has his quirks.
Later on the card, the 2m5f mares’ novices’ hurdle looks a decent contest of its type, too. Nicky Henderson’s Fabrika looked useful in bumpers, but some of the yard’s runners appear to be in need of the run, while Paul Nicholls’ 15 length point-to-point winner Tagrita has to be respected, especially as the runner-up has already won a beginners’ chase in Ireland.
Any money for her would be significant, but Carole’s Spirit (3:15) has already showed she can jump hurdles, when bolting up against much weaker opposition at Plumpton, but she, too, had smart bumper form to her name and might be underestimated here.
Robert Walford’s five-year-old finished third behind expensive purchase Legacy Gold and Grade 3 hurdle winner Cailin Annamh at Aintree in April, when she proved she handles better ground, and she might just be able to concede her penalty to the likely market leaders.
3:15 Newbury: Carole’s Spirit; 2/1 Paddy Power
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