Newbury races tips, racecard, declarations and preview for the meeting live on ITV and Racing TV this Saturday, March 2

NEWBURY hosts a competitive day of action on Saturday, with the Greatwood Gold Cup the feature race.

We’ve all got all you need to know about the big meeting right here.

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Race 1 – 1.30 Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust H.O.P.E Programme Seniors’ Handicap Hurdle

BETAMECHE is one of few coming into this in any sort of form and went nicely clear in maiden company last time out.

An opening mark of 124 looks decent, and it’s worth remembering he smashed Sam Spinner in a bumper back in 2016.

He can see off Tapaculo and A Hare Breath.

VERDICT – 1. Betameche 2. Tapaculo 3. A Hare Breath

Race 2 – 2.05 William Hill Supporting Greatwood Veterans’ Handicap Chase

This can go the way of ABOLITIONIST, who, like so many others, appreciated the switch to Dr Richard Newland’s last time at Aintree.

He’s been raised 12lb for that win but is still well-handicapped on his chase form and probably has more to give.

The Last Samuri and Perform can fill out the places.

VERDICT – 1. Abolitionist 2. The Last Samuri 3. Perform

Race 3 – 2.40 William Hill Supporting Greatwood Gold Cup Handicap Chase

MERCIAN PRINCE jumped them silly at Kempton last time and can defy a rise in the weights.

This is a much more competitive race but he was very impressive and looks an eight-year-old with more to give.

Valdez and War Sound can finish second and third.

VERDICT – 1. Mercian Prince 2. Valdez 3. War Sound

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Race 4 – 3.10 In Memory of the Late Michael Yeadon Handicap Hurdle

CROOKS PEAK took the scalp of the exciting Danny Kirwan at Kempton last time and could well have more to come off an opening mark of 133.

He looks an exciting type for Philip Hobbs and he’s one of the more unexposed in the line-up.

Ebony Gale and War Brigade are also promising and can fill out the places.

VERDICT – 1. Crooks Peak 2. Ebony Gale 3. War Brigade

Race 5 – 3.45 Awdry Bailey & Douglas Supporting Greatwood Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

DOSTAL PHIL has been largely disappointing since his debut win but his Uttoxeter second on his penultimate start was promising,

He’s a big, scopey type who should be suited by this galloping track and can build on his potential now.

Shanty Alley and West Drive can get second and third spot.

VERDICT – 1. Dostal Phil 2. Shanty Alley 3. West Drive


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Race 6 – 4.15 BetVictor Novices’ Chase

MOLINEAUX should be able to see these off with little fuss.

He was a very good second last time out to a progressive rival and although not massively favoured by the weights, he has more to come.

Stablemate Slate House and Huntsman Son can fill out the places.

VERDICT – 1. Molineaux 2. Slate House 3. Huntsman Son

Race 7 – 4.50 ITM Supporting Greatwood Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race

A very competitive bumper can go the way of SILVER HALLMARK, who is trained by Fergal O’Brien, one of the best at getting them to win first time up.

The penalised pair of McFabulous and The Macon Lugnatic look the two for the tricast.

VERDICT – 1. Silver Hallmark 2. McFabulous 3. The Macon Lugnatic

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