Horse racing tips: Newbury – ITV Racing Friday expert picks

Horse racing tips: Newbury – ITV Racing Friday expert picks
Friday’s ITV Racing comes from the Ladbrokes Winter Carnival at Newbury Credit: Getty

Here are your expert horse racing tips and analysis for Friday’s ITV Racing card from Newbury, plus a free bets offer to back the selections with

ITV Racing will be broadcasting both days of the Ladbrokes Winter Carnival at Newbury on Friday and Saturday and the opening day looks set to provide plenty of excitement.

The first day’s action is on ITV3 from 1.30-4.00pm. The four live races include the Grade 2 Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle, which sees the return of Emma Lavelle's 2019 Stayers’ Hurdle winner Paisley Park as he attempts to put behind him disappointment of finishing seventh in this year’s race.

ITV Racing tips – Newbury, Friday 27 November

Enda McElhinney has recommendations for all four ITV races. You can read the analysis behind his selections below.

Odds correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change.

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1.50 Ladbrokes Committed To Safer Gambling Novices’ Chase (Grade 2, 2m 4f)

Just three runners contest what is nevertheless a very interesting opening race. Nicky Henderson triumphed in a memorable renewal last year with Champ, the winner almost taking the wrong course on the run-in but ultimately winning well.

The Seven Barrows trainer saddles Caribean Boy this time under Daryl Jacob in the Munir/Suede silks. The French import won nicely at Haydock in February on his second start for the yard and has the potential for plenty more progress this winter. He’s very much in the thick of this.

Getaway Trump has won two of his last three starts for Paul Nicholls and is not discounted, but he perhaps doesn’t have the scope for improvement of Caribean Boy or FIDDLERONTHEROOF.

The selection was a Grade 1-winning novice over timber last season for Colin Tizzard. He was a poor 11th in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham but, following a second to If The Cap Fits on his reappearance at Ffos Las, he opened his account over fences at Exeter this month in determined style when rallying to beat Silver Hallmark, the pair finishing more than 30 lengths clear of the third. 

There’s more to come from him and, with a fitness edge over the Henderson horse, he can score.

Tip: Fiddlerontheroof @ 5/6 with bet365

2.25 Get Your Ladbrokes 1 Free Bet Today Handicap Chase (2m 4f)

This is a wide-open handicap in which Paul Nicholls will feel San Benedeto is on a competitive mark on his first start since a below-par showing in the Summer Plate at Market Rasen. He joins last year's winner Oldgrangewood, Clondaw Castle and Fidux on the shortlist for place money.

DEFI SACRE earns the nod, however. He ended last season with a hat-trick of wins over fences, two of them coming here over an extended two miles, and he began the new term with a pleasing second this month behind The Big Bite at Aintree (2m, good to soft).

He’s rated only 1lb higher now and trainer Richard Hobson deploys first-time cheekpieces today. He also remains unexposed at this trip and looks to hold an excellent claim from the foot of the weights.

Tip: Defi Sacre @ 10/1 with bet365

3.00 Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle (Grade 2, 3m)

This race is a traditional starting point for the best staying hurdlers. Baracouda, Inglis Drever, Big Buck’s and Unowhatimeanharry have all won it more than once and PAISLEY PARK will attempt to join that club by defending the crown he captured 12 months ago.

Emma Lavelle’s stable star went on from there to retain the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham in January and was odds-on to do likewise in the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Festival in March. He ran a rare bad race that afternoon, after which the mitigating factor of an irregular heartbeat was discovered.

Assuming he is over that, and his connections are confident that is the case, there is no reason to doubt he is the best equipped to win this race. On previous evidence, he’s much the best staying hurdler around and he can prove that again.

If there are lingering problems, McFabulous for Paul Nicholls will expose them. He won the Persian War Hurdle at Chepstow on his return last month and the Ditcheat trainer has identified him as having a future in the top echelon at this trip. This is his first big test but he does look quite exciting.

Tip: Paisley Park @ 15/8 with bet365

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The claims of Hill Sixteen for Nigel and Sam Twiston-Davies are obvious. He won by half the track on his recent stable bow over fences at Ffos Las and, reverting to hurdles, has 10lb in hand. A repeat of that effort can make him tough to topple but, at the prices, it may be worth seeking an alternative.

I K BRUNEL is one that appeals for Olly Murphy and Aidan Coleman. He was a decisive winner on soft going over three miles at Musselburgh back in February and shaped well on his debut over fences last month at Fontwell (2m 5½f, soft) before having to settle for a narrow second.

He didn’t quite find as much as looked likely recently at Wetherby over this trip but that was a warm four-runner novices’ chase and, back over hurdles, he remains unexposed at this distance and could well bounce back at double-figure odds.

Tip: I K Brunel @ 10/1 with bet365

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