With Cheltenham less than two weeks away, most punters are focused mainly on the prestigious festival and what fantastic racing it will offer this year.
There is some decent racing at both Doncaster and Newbury this Saturday with value available though, meaning punters can add to their Cheltenham funds to make for an even better week.
Doncaster Betting Tips
The Grimthorpe Chase is sure to be a tricky contest for punters, with Grand National entries Monbeg Dude and Godsmejudge both entered. They are both high in the weights for this one and may struggle to defy their penalties.
Michael Scudamore’s nine-year-old is the current 9/2 favourite with Bet365, however Court By Surprise and Real Milan represent better value for me. The former has won here and has solid form throughout this season. He is also a proven to stay and warrants respect.
LAYLA JOAN is the short 6/4 favourite with William Hill for the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle after being withdrawn in Ireland last week. The six-year-old has a perfect record over hurdles and is progressing well. Trainer Gordon Elliott rarely travels to England low in confidence which is another bonus.
Toubeera won well in a Grade 2 last time and should run well if he can cope with the faster ground, whilst Mayfair Music also shouldn’t be ignored. Layla Joan remains the pick.
Simply Ned won impressively over course and distance in January, however this will be a much harder task with a 7lb penalty to defy as well as coping with the competition from Turn Over Sivola.
Tistory and Minella Friend both warrant respect in the penultimate race, whilst Shout It Aloud looks a good bet in the final race at Doncaster.
Newbury Betting Tips
At Newbury, the Gold Cup Handicap Chase has one of the more talented line-ups, with Paul Nicholls and Venetia Williams both entering two horses each. Ulck Du Lin and Shangani are the two market leaders at 4/1 and 5/1 respectively.
The latter is the safer option as far as betting on a winner is concerned, having run well at both Cheltenham and Kempton going into this one. Ulck Du Lin has struggled to find any real form up to now, however cannot be ruled out.
Philip Hobbs’ TIQRIS is an interesting market leader for the Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle after two fine runs. He won well at Wetherby in January, before running well to claim second at Exeter last time. The 9/4 that Boylesports offer is worth a bet for a highly progressive horse.
Both Seventh Sky and Kuda Huraa are both likely to run well, with the latter a hurdles winner who hasn’t run for 280 days.
Red Devil Lads should run well in the first race at Newbury under champion jockey A P McCoy and Brackloon High looks a good bet in the second. Carruthers performed very well when finishing second at Warwick on his reappearance and may well have what it takes to win the 2.40. Two more who may be worth a small bet are Un Bon P’Tit Gars and Hurricane Hollow.
BET OF THE DAY (Doncaster): LAYLA JOAN @ 6/4
BET OF THE DAY: (Newbury): TIQRIS @ 5/2
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