Special starts today

Back to Newbury today for two more races. The going is again good to soft and a warm, sunny day is forecast.

2.35 Newbury

Fingal Bay figures on a lenient handicap mark if he can produce his best. He was a Cheltenham Festival winner in 2014 over hurdles. His participation at this year’s festival ended at half-way after a jumping error and being hampered. He has been disappointing and cheek-pieces plus a tongue-tie are fitted to-day to try and get his chasing career going.

Tour Des Champs carries a penalty for winning unchallenged at Plumpton, though Ryan Hatch’s allowance reduces that by 3lb.

Harry’s Farewell isn’t an easy ride but looks slightly overpriced and should figure.

My tissue:

Fingal Bay 4/1

Tour Des Champs  4/1

Harry’s Farewell 5/1*

Benvolio 7/1

10/1 bar

*Update: Now NR

Figal Bay
Fingal Bay


3.05 Newbury

Thomas Crapper has been a disappointment this season, but returned to form on latest start. A reproduction of that form gives him every chance and first time cheek-pieces may help concentrate his mind.

Difficult to price with a couple of unknowns.

On my provisional tissue I make Thomas Crapper a 3/1 chance and go 5/1 bar.


Thomas Crapper
Thomas Crapper


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