Betfair Ambassador Paul Nicholls has four runners at Newton Abbot on Saturday and he’s confident of starting the card with a winner.
He says: “He had a wind op earlier this year and it was a bit of a rush to give him a third start at Wincanton that he needed to qualify for the Boodles at Cheltenham where he ran very well to finish ninth. Hell Red has thrived since then, will enjoy both the drying ground and flat track at Newton Abbot and should win this while qualifying for the novice championship final at Sandown.”
Best Chance: Hell Red – 13:55, Newton Abbot
It’s a busy punting day for Tony Calvin on Saturday, with four fresh tips at Haydock and Musselburgh to go with his good positions on his two antepost bets.
He says: “Colonial Dreams went off at 33/1 at Newbury and the most pleasing aspect of the performance was the manner in which he finished off his race, having trailed most of the field turning in. If he comes forward again then he is a big player here, off a mark just 2lb higher than Sandown.”
Back Colonial Dreams in 15:15 at Haydock at 10/1 each-way, five places
Betfair Ambassador Joseph O’Brien has five runners in Ireland on Saturday including two on the first day of the Easter Festival at Fairyhouse and two in the Listed contest at Cork.
“Mighty Blue has had a very good time of it for us, improving 18lb on the Flat and getting Listed and Group placed last season. She has been running over hurdles of late and while she has yet to win over them, she ran a stormer to finish third in the Mares’ Novice Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last month. This course and distance will suit, she has race fitness on her side and she is unpenalized by these weights. She should be up to running very well.”
Mighty Blue – Cork, 16:20
Timeform bring you their three best bets for the card at Musselburgh on Saturday afternoon including Glencadam Glory in the 15:35.
They say: “Glencadam Glory had a productive first season for these connections without winning, notably finishing runner-up from this mark in the Ebor at York. He finished last year out of form, but he has won after a break before, and shaped particularly well in a listed contest on his return from a 722-day absence at Doncaster last season. He looks the way to go in an open event.”
Glencadam Glory 12.011/1 – 15:35, Musselburgh