The Mandarin’s Newbury Racecard for Saturday 27th November

Ladbrokes Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Listed) 12.10
Nina The Terrier (nb)
It looks hard to see past Alan King’s mare for the opener, arriving here on a four-timer and this new season’s hat-trick, the last run being here over course and distance just three weeks ago. She’s unbeaten over hurdles and clearly going the right way for the Barbury Castle yard, respected, and deserving of a move into Pattern company

Ladbrokes John Francome Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) 12.40
Flash Collonges
A field of just four, but an intriguing race all the same. Ahoy Senor went well for a long way last time out at Carlisle, before unseating an unlucky Derek Fox two out, so he will be looking to make amends on this more suitable trip, while Irish raider Mr Incredible comes out of Henry de Bromhead’s fine outfit with Rachael Blackmore making the trip across the Irish Sea too. The Skelton team put out Ashtown Lad who ran at this level over timber so has to be considered on his second start over fences, but the nod goes to Flash Collonges from Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls. He’s one on the up, was progressive over timber last season, and has run well here before. A trappy affair, but we’ll stick with the Ditcheat inmate

Sir Peter O’Sullevan Memorial Handicap Chase 1.15
Kauto The King
A competitive renewal, and plenty of likely types line up here, but Kauto The King has winning form around here and should be suited by the good ground. Harry Kimber’s useful 7lb claim looks an astute piece of placing by Colin Tizzard and the selection has solid each way claims. On the premises

Get Your Ladbrokes 1 Free Bet Today Handicap Hurdle 1.50
Calva D’auge
Paul Nicholls has got his season off to a flying start, and can get another notch on the winners’ board here with Calva D’auge. He won around here last year, and has form on all ground from heavy to good-to-firm, so can back up his win at Kempton earlier this month. Angus Chelada returns to the saddle in search of the hat-trick, so his 5lb claim can only help and he’s a jockey with a big future. Every chance

Ladbrokes Committed To Safer Gambling Intermediate Hurdle (Listed Limited Handicap) 2.25
Soaring Glory (nap)
His fourth in the Supreme Novices’ at the Cheltenham Festival announced his arrival at the top table, and having raced in Pattern company for the second half of last season, including winning the Grade 3 Betfair Hurdle here last February over course and distance, has to be feared. Hard to oppose again after a Listed win at Ascot last month

Ladbrokes Trophy Chase (Grade 3 Handicap) 3.00
On The Ropes
A red hot renewal, and plenty make the shortlist, but On The Ropes won the Munster National at Limerick last time out after nearly a year off the track. He’s sure to be primed for this by Willie Mullins who is treble handed here as long as he doesn’t find the ground too quick. Colin Tizzard’s Fiddlerontheroof arrives here with winning form and rates the main danger, along with Henry de Bromhead’s Eklat De Rire, and these three can fight it out for the top prize

Watch Racing Free Online At Ladbrokes Handicap Chase (For The Jim Joel Memorial Trophy) 3.35
Sully D’oc Aa
The chance is taken on Anthony Honeyball’s Sully D’oc Aa, who was right in the mix at Ascot last week, creeping into contention from the home turn and just running out of track. He’s got top weight, and runs under a penalty, but should have enough class to see him at the business end of things once more. Solid each way appeal at the least

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