Taking a look at Newbury's brilliant Sunday card

There's some fantastic Sunday action at Newbury this weekend.
There's some fantastic Sunday action at Newbury this weekend.

Our new columnist Tanya Stevenson takes an in-depth look at the action from Newbury this Saturday and picks out the horses of interest...

Ascot’s loss is Newbury’s gain, and since Newbury plonked itself on this Sunday, it has diluted the whole weekend as some huge clashes have been averted. The Betfair Denman Chase has Clan Des Obeaux at the top of the market with Lostintranslation deciding to take him on, than Cyrname in Saturday’s Ascot Chase. Secret Investor followed round Native River to be second last year and his task will be much hard 12 months on.

I thought Kalashnikov was running a belter over hurdles after a 287 day break, but the three miles and the deep ground may have taken its toll, so I’m intrigued why he is having another go over this far, if he stays then he has to be a major contender which is obvious as he is around 7/1 in the betting.  

The Conditional has major Grand National aspirations and this Festival winner may be bidding to go to Cheltenham all over again.  But he only gets a couple of pounds from Lostintranslation and Clan Des Obeaux. Terrefort hasn’t been seen since pulling up in Frodon’s Ryanair Chase, 710 days ago. He does boast having finished second in this to Clan Des Obeaux in 2019.  

It could be a memorable weekend for Venetia Williams as she has a few live outsiders, Cepage has it all to do to reverse form with The Conditional, but that is offset by the 16lb pull on that rival from their Cheltenham Festival meeting. Problem is though he has to win off his highest ever mark and these are not the ideal conditions for him to do that.  

Four horses have won the Denman Chase and the Cheltenham Gold Cup in the same year: 2007 Kauto Star, 2008 Denman, 2015 Coneygree, 2018 Native River.  Lostintranslation would be hoping to add his name to the list by bouncing back today. He might just hate Kempton as this is the second year on the bounce he downed tools on Boxing Day, but he wasn’t at his best at Haydock either, despite the fact Colin Tizzard is slowly coming back to form and Robbie Power is aboard I’m dubious over his chances, he hasn’t actually won since November 2019.

Paul Nicholls has won this race on nine previous occasions including with Clan Des Obeaux in 2019.  It’s a race where six of the 19 winners had taken in that season’s King George VI Chase and 14 of the 19 winners had a top three placing on their most recent run. I fancied Clan Des Obeaux to claim his third King George but in hindsight perhaps his effort in trying to chase down Bristol De Mai in the Befair Chase did the damage. He has won both his starts at Newbury and is a veteran of 12 Grade 1s including with the wins at Kempton being his only two successes at that level. I’m going for Clan Des Obeaux to be the second multiple winner of this race behind Native River.

Clan Des Obeaux is going to be a very short price so if seeking a bit of value head to the 1.50 Newbury and Mint Condition. I really think Adrimel will go well at the Cheltenham Festival and am hoping Tom Lacey opts for the Albert Bartlett, that said in the Leamington Hurdle at Warwick he just chinned Mint Condition. Jennie Candlish’s runner had to be pushed along throughout, yet was very willing and came into contention very rapidly approaching the last. He was blocked in a way by a wall of horses and in Kielan Woods defence I suspected he was surprised how much he still had in the tank.  He accelerated well over the last and seems to have gone unnoticed. Lily Pinchin is aboard today removing a valuable 5lb of burden in a big open handicap. He is top weight but he had so many options this weekend that you had to hone in on the one that was opted for and I am.

Denman Chase
Clan Des Obeaux silk

Clan Des Obeaux

Newbury 13:50
Mint Condition silk

Mint Condition


There’s one of the best handicap hurdles of the season at 3.35, the Betfair Hurdle, first run in 1963 it is rich in history and gambles, there’s the ability to back each-way at least four places and there’ll surely be better out there so shop around. For me Its been a race of “if onlys” and “Ei Ei’s”. Five of the last ten favourites have obliged but equally in that same period there have been winners priced at 33-1, 20-1, 16-1 and 33-1 last year. So don’t be afraid to look outside the obvious. I’m going to go on with a fancied pick and a lively rank outsider.  

Trainers who do well in this race are Nicky Henderson with five successes, then Gary Moore and Nigel Twiston-Davies with three a piece all are represented again. There will be an honest pace set by For Pleasure, Its going to be a very big ask for him to make all, despite being a Grade 2 winner. It’s the enormity of the numbers against him, those unexposed and improving at different rates and whether he has any more to give under his current rating.  

My Drogo is a horse I hold in very high regard and hope he is ok as he has come out of all his Cheltenham Festival engagements. I had him pencilled in as a big selection on the day in the Ballymore Novices Hurdle, back to the drawing board there. However Soaring Glory does represent his form as he was third to My Drogo in the Grade 2 Kennel Gate at Ascot. He boasts a victory over Bravemansgame at Chepstow back in October and carries a real feather weight in 10-7. Jonjo O’Neill won the race with Get Me Out Of Here back in 2010. I am hoping for a change of luck for Jonjo O’Neill Jnr as of Saturday morning he had failed to finish on 9 of his last 14 rides.   

The last horse older than 6 to win the Betfair Hurdle was Geos aged 9 back in 2004, plus the only horse to carry over 11-8 to victory was Persian War in 1968. No wonder Kevin Brogan got the nod aboard Buzz!  

Cheltenham Festival Tips

I’m also going to have a silly sentimental interest on Gumball, the last time he was seen over hurdles was in the 2020 Champion Hurdle. He ran in this last year but never got into contention, I’d like him to be ridden more positively this time round. Having won at Uttoxeter over the larger obstacles he took a cruel tumble at the second last at Cheltenham when going well.  Then he ran very flat in the Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase when last of four at Kempton. He could be allowed to enjoy himself in this with little expectation off his current mark and a bit like Remiluc last year, sneak a place at a huge price.  

Finally in the Game Spirit I’m hoping that Fanion D’Estruval will be allowed to dictate, he showed he had ability in the Clarence House Chase but I was perplexed by him being held up behind the likes of Waiting Patiently. It’s hard to imagine him coming from behind a proven Grade 1 winner and one that stays three miles! Still move on and he has the ideal opportunity in a grade lower to show that he is worthy of an entry in Grade 2. When you consider the three horses ahead of him at Ascot were First Flow, Politologue and Waiting Patiently and he carried the same weight, he has a massive chance today.

Betfair Hurdle
Soaring Glory silk

Soaring Glory

Betfair Hurdle
Gumball silk


Game Spirit Chase
Fanion D'Estruval silk

Fanion D'Estruval

Cheltenham Festival Races
Bet £10 Get £30 in Free Bets
#AD New UK customers only. Min £10 first deposit using Debit Card. Place a bet of £10 at min odds of 1.5 and get £10. Further £10 credited after 7 days and a further £10 credited after 14 days. Full T&Cs apply.18+. BeGambleAware.org.
Bet £10 Get £20 + £10 Casino Bonus
get offer
#AD New UK customers (Excluding NI) only. Mobile Exclusive. £30 in FREE Bets (FB) as £20 in sports bets & a £10 casino bonus (CB). Min Deposit £10. Min stake £10. Min odds Evs. FB applied on 1st settlement of any qualifying bet. FB 7-day expiry. 1 FB offer per customer, household & IP address only. Account & Payment restrictions. 14 days to accept £10 CB, then active for 3 days. CB 5x wagering & max redeemable £100. Game restrictions apply. Cashed out/Free Bets won’t apply. 30 days to qualify. 18+ T&Cs apply.
Get £30 In Free Bets When You Place Any Bet
get offer
#AD New customers only. First single & e/w bet only. 5p minimum stake. Odds of 1/1 or greater. 3 x £10 bet tokens. Free bet stakes not included in returns. Free bets exclude virtuals. Free bets are non withdrawable. Free bets expire after 30 days. Eligibility restrictions and further t&cs apply. 18+. Begambleaware.org
Bet £10 get £30 in Free Bets
get offer
#AD T&Cs apply. New customers, Deposit & Place a Bet within 7 days, and settle a £10 minimum bet at odds of 4/5 (1.8) or greater, to be credited with 3x £10 free bets: 1 x £10 Horse racing, 1 x £10 Free Bet Builder and 1 x £10 Football. Stake not returned. Opt-in required. 18+ BeGambleAware.org.
Welcome Offer
get offer
#AD New Customers only. Bet £10 & Get £30 in Free Bets. Sign up, deposit between £5 and £10 to your account and bet365 will give you three times that value in Free Bets when you place qualifying bets to the same value and they are settled. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits. Min odds/bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. T&Cs, time limits & exclusions apply.
Bet £10 Get £40 In Free Bets
get offer
#AD 18+ only. New customers only. For verified UK clients only. The qualifying bet should start at £10 and have 1.5 or greater odds. Following the qualifying bet, you will receive 4 free bets that can be used one after another. Each free bet lasts for 7 days. Single bet only. Pre-Match or Live. No Cash-Out. Max payout – £500. T&Cs apply.
Bet £10 Get £20 + 50 Free Spins
get offer
#AD 18+ New UK customers. Bet £10 on accas with 4+ legs, min odds 3/1 (4.0). Get 4x £5 Free Bets and 50 Free Spins, valid for 7 days on selected bets and games only. T&Cs apply. BeGambleAware.org
Excellent Range Of Offers For Existing Customers
get offer
#AD 18+. Accounts are only available to persons aged 18 years or over. Placing bets by anyone under the age of 18 is prohibited and AK Bets reserves the right to void any transactions with any such person. AK Bets may carry out age verification checks in accordance with Our Privacy Policy. Full Terms & Conditions Apply. BeGambleAware.org
Bet £20 Get £20 In Free Bets
get offer
#AD 18+. New Customers Only. Max one £20 Free Bet. Qualifying bets at Odds of 1/1(2.00) or greater. Paid as Bonus Token with Min 4/5(180) Odds Req. Skrill, Neteller & Paypal not eligible. BeGambleAware.org. T&Cs Apply
50% Back as a Free Bet Up To £25
get offer
#AD Offer valid for new Betgoodwin customers aged 18 years and over. 50% of first day losses refunded as a free bet. To be credited within 24 hours. Max free bet per customer £25.Minimum of 3 bets of £10 or more on separate events at odds of evens (2.0) or bigger to qualify. First day losses equals all settled stakes less all return before 23:59. Free bets must be used in their entirety and stakes are deducted from returns. Free bets are non withdrawable and to be credited within 24 hours. This offer can not be used in conjunction with any other Betgoodwin opening offer.This offer is limited to one free bet per person/household/IP address. Betgoodwin reserves the right to withhold, restrict or cancel this offer from individuals in accordance with Betgoodwin Terms and Conditions 11.8 & 11.9. T&Cs Apply.
Bet £20 Get £40 In Bonuses
get offer
#AD 18+ New customers only. Opt in, bet £20 on Horse Racing, 1/1+ odds in 7 days, no cash out. Get £40 in Free Bets on set markets valid 7 days. Debit Card / Apple Pay payments only. T&Cs apply. See below. begambleaware.org | Please Gamble Responsibly.
Bet £25 Get £10 Free Bet
get offer
#AD This promotion is for new customers only. Customers must be 18+. Customers must be residents of the UK/IE. Sign Up using the promo code b25g10fb and make a minimum deposit of £25.. Place a minimum £25 bet on any selection with minimum odds of evens (2.0) and receive a £10 free bet upon bet settlement. BeGambleAware.org. Full terms & conditions apply.
Best Odds Guaranteed On UK & Irish Racing
get offer
#AD Offer applies to bets placed online only, on UK & Irish on both Horse & Greyhound racing (includes singles & multiples), on bets placed from 09:00 UK Time on the day of race, on race winner markets only. T&Cs apply, BeGambleAware.org
Money Back As A Free Bet Up To £20 If First Bet Loses
get offer
#AD New Customers Only using code MB20. Minimum Odds of 1.8 for first bet to qualify. Losses will be refunded on first bet only, as a free bet up to £20. Users cannot back and lay the same selection on the first bet. Qualifying bets open to Exchange, Matchbook Zero & Multiples. Only open to users who deposit via debit card. New Customers Only. 18+. BeGambleAware.org
Bet £10 Get £40 in Bonuses
get offer
#AD New 18+ UK customers only. Register with promo code WELCOME40, deposit and place 1st bet of £10+ on Sports (cumulative Evens+) within 7 days of registration. First bet must be on Sports. £30 in Free Bets and £10 in Free Spins (50x20p) credited in 10 hours of bet settlement. Free Bet stakes not included in any returns. Bonuses expire in 7 days. Payment restrictions apply. SMS verification and/or Proof of I.D and address may be required. Full T&Cs apply.
Bet £10 Get £10 Free Bet
get offer
#AD 18+ New customers only.   Sign up using the promo code ‘bet10get10’ and make a minimum deposit of £10 Place a min £10 bet on any selection with min odds of evens (2) and receive a £10 Free Bet. Cashed Out or void bets will not qualify for a welcome bonus. Build-a-Bets will not count towards this promotion. Each-way bets must have a minimum £20 total stake to qualify for a welcome bonus. Bets taken with SP will not qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.
Money Back As A Bonus Up To £40 If Your First Racing Bet Loses + £10 casino
get offer
AD 18+ begambleaware.org. New customers only. Min deposit £10. Money back as bonus if first bet loses. Wagering requirements: sportsbook 3x at min. odds of 1.40 (2/5), casino 50x. Unless forfeited the sportsbook bonus must be wagered before using the casino bonus. Bonus expires 7 days after opt-in. No deposit required for NI customers. Call 08081699314 to claim. Full T&Cs apply.
Bet £10, Get £30 in Free Bets
get offer
#AD 18+, New customers only. Opt in, bet £10 on any sports (odds 2.00+) in 7 days. No cash out. Get 4x£5 sports free bets for set markets (odds 2.00+), expires in 7 days. Offer valid from 10:00 UK time on 16/01/2023. Card payments only. T&Cs Apply. begambleaware.org | Please Gamble Responsibly
0% commission for 60 days
get offer
#AD 18+ Use code COMMFREE to trade with 0% commission for 60 days. New UK, IE & Malta users only. Min. £10/€10 first deposit only using Debit Card or Instant Banking. Full T&Cs apply. BeGambleAware.org
Bet £10 Get A £30 Free Bet
get offer
#AD Qualifying real money bet of £10. Min odds greater than or equal to 1.5 required. E/W bets excluded. Offer awarded immediately but could be issued the next working day in exceptional circumstances such as technical fault. Additional T&Cs apply. Please gamble responsibly.
Up to £50 Free Bet + £20 Casino Bonus
get offer
#AD New Customers Only. If your Sportsbook account shows a net loss by the end of the first day (day ends at 23:59), you'll be awarded a Free Bet equivalent to 50% of the losses, up to £50, plus a £20 Casino Bonus. Terms and conditions apply. BeGambleAware.org
Double The Odds On Any UK Horse Race!
get offer
#AD 18+ begambleaware.org. New Grosvenor registrations only, Bet must be placed using real money in combination with the Odds Boost Token, Offer applies to Sport bets only. Max stake £10. Each way bets are a max of £5 each way (£10 total). Odds Boost token expires after 60 days. T&Cs apply.
50% Up To £50 Welcome Bonus
get offer
#AD 18+ begambleaware.org; New bettors get 50% of deposit up to £50; Once per household; Min deposit £15 (no Skrill/Neteller); Wager a total of 8 times deposit + bonus, with max qualifying bet stake equal to your initial bonus amount; Bonus expires after 60 days; Min odds of 4/5 on singles, or 2/5 per leg for acca; Some bet types excluded; See full terms.
Bet £10 Get £20 In Free Bets
get offer
#AD. New members. £10 min deposit & bet on sportsbook, placed & settled at 1.5 min odds within 14 days of sign-up. Win part of each-way bets only. 2 non-withdrawable £10 Free Bet Tokens: Valid for 7 days from acceptance (ex. each-way & multiple bets), stakes not returned. **Max Free Bet £10. Free Bet: non-withdrawable, use in 7 days on sportsbook only. Stake not returned. Full T&C's apply. Bet Responsibly. BeGambleAware.org. 18+
Bet £10 get £20 in Free Bets
get offer
#AD 18+ New members only. £10 min deposit & bet on sportsbook, placed & settled at 1.5 min odds within 14 days of sign-up. Win part of E/W bets. 2 non-withdrawable £10 Free Bet Tokens: accept in 7 days, valid for 7 days from crediting (ex. E/Ws & Multiples), stakes not returned. T&Cs apply, BeGambleAware.org
£30 Matched Free Bet if Your First Acca Loses + 50 Bonus Spins
get offer
#AD 18+ New UK customers only. £5 Min Deposit, max free bet: £30. 1st bet on a Football or Horse Racing multiple with 3+ selections. Overall odds: 3.00 (2/1) or higher. Free Bets upon settlement of the qualifying bet. Offer valid for 7 days of account registration. 50 Bonus Spins credited on placement of qualifying Acca bet.50x bonus wagering applies & weighting requirements, Bonus spins available on selected games & expires 7 days. Debit card deposits only (excl. apply). BeGambleAware.org. Full T&Cs apply
Bet £10 Get £30 in Free Bets
get offer
#AD 18+. Play Safe. From 00:01 on 18.10.2022. £30 bonus, credited as 3x £10 bets. New customers only. Minimum £10 stake on odds of 1/2 (1.5) or greater on sportsbook (excluding Virtual markets). Further terms apply.
50% Back Up to £60 Back In Free Bets
get offer
# AD 18+ | New Customer Only – Promo Code: NEWWELCOME60 required | 50% back on net LOSSES over your first 3 calendar days | requires min 3 x£10 qualifying bets in same 3 days| Min return £l free bet | T&Cs apply | UK residents using debit card | Please gamble responsibly
Bet £10 Get £30 Free Bet
get offer
#AD New Players Only. Min £10 qualifying bets stake not returned. Free bet - one-time stake of £30, min odds 1.5, stake not returned. 1X wager the winnings. Wager from real balance first. Wager calculated on bonus bets only. Max conversion: £200. Valid for 7 Days from issue. Withdrawal requests void all active/pending bonuses. Excluded Skrill and Neteller deposits. Full Terms apply.
Bet £25 Get £50 In Bonuses
get offer
#AD Place a qualifying £25 fixed odds bet at odds of 1/2 or greater and get £50 in bonuses 5 x £5 free fixed odds bets, 4 x free £5 spread bets + 50 free spins on Starburst. Qualifying bet cannot be placed in-play or cashed out early. T&Cs Apply. 18+ begambleaware.org
Bet £10 Get £30 In Free Bets
get offer
#AD New customers online only. £/€10 min stake (if EW then min £/€10 Win + £/€10 Place). Receive £/€30 Tote Credit within 48 hours of qualifying bet settlement. 7 day expiry. Qualifying bet is the first racing pool bet added to the bet-slip. 18+. Full T&Cs apply. BeGambleaware.org
Up to £35 Free Bet + 10 Free Spins
get offer
#AD 18+ If your account has Sportsbook losses at the end of first day's betting, get 50% refund of your losses as a Free Bet up to £35 (min 3 bets) Plus 10 Free Spins. Even if account is up, guaranteed a £5 Free Bet Plus 10 Free Spins provided you place at least 1 bet of £10 or greater at the minimum odds. T&Cs apply | New UK Customers Only | BeGambleAware.org
150% Casino Bonus (Up To £150)
get offer
#AD 18+  New casino accounts only. Min. £10 deposit, debit card only. Up to 50x wagering, game contributions vary, max. stake applies, 7-day expiry. Full T&Cs apply. 32Red match your first deposit amount up to £150, e.g. Deposit £100, 32Red will match up to 150% = Bonus of £150. Gamble responsibly. begambleaware.org
100% Profit Boost up to £100 (Mobile Only)
get offer
#AD New UK customers only. Claim by placing a min deposit £10 via "My Offers" page within 30 days. Skrill/Neteller deposits excluded. 7 days to stake max £10 in-play. Max. extra winnings £100.T&C's apply, 18+ begambleaware.org