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Saturday Racing - Newbury

There's a lot of racing lined up for us at Newbury on Saturday, and we've looked through the card to bring you the horses we think will be the best to back.

First up is Dusky Legend, running in the 14:35 EBF Stallions & TBA Mares' 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle Finale.

She's been the bridesmaid for a little while now, but her second place finishes have come against some quality fields, and she certainly hasn't disgraced herself against the likes of Tara Point and The Govaness. All of here recent runs have come over soft ground, which, although not hugely detrimental to her, may not be her favourite. Her one win thus far has come on good/soft and there is every chance that the improved ground she runs on this weekend may be more to her liking.
She's held on well to chase home in her recent runs so we're not too concerned aout her stamina, and she's weighted at 10st 7lb which looks perfectly reasonable to us.

The best place we've found to back her is Coral, who are offering a very tempting 11/1.

Following on from that in the 15:10 Ultima Business Solutions Silver Jubliee Handicap Chase we like the look of Tony McCoy's ride, Financial Climate.

After a rather indifferent end to 2014, Financial Climate has come to life this year, winning two from two over three miles at Chepstow and Sandown. The going was good/soft and good respectively, which bodes well for Saturday over similar ground and a slightly longer distance.

He's running well and looks game to produce another big performance even taking into account a 4lb rise. You can back him as short as 7/2, but we think it's well worth a trip to SkyBet to get a very decent 5/1.

Finally, we're backing an outsider in the 16:55 Doom Bar Barista Bar Chelmsford Handicap Chase.

Although Major Milborne is not out with the ten and fifteen to one horses, he's certainly not rated down with the 15/8 favourite Village Vic at the bookies. However, we think he's worth a second look. He has a win and a second place over course and distance in good/soft conditions, and with a 5lb advantage over the two horses ahead of him in the betting it's well worth an each way punt if not a shot at an outright win.

The best we've seen him at is a market leading 6/1, which you can pick up at BoyleSports.

2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup

Are you all set for one of the biggest events in horse racing? Friday sees the running of the 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup. setting off at 15:20, and we've looked over the runners and riders to bring you the best odds we can find on the horses we think are underpriced.

It's a fairly open field this year, and in recent days Silviniaco Conti has just about emarged as favourite, shortening as low as 7/2 in places with the nearest competitors still hovering are 7/1. However, in a field this unexposed we're not convinced. He's a decent pick on form and a definite danger, but he ran the same race last year against what most would see as a poorer field and managed a decent but uninspiring fourth.

So where would we put our money instead? Our first choice has to be Road To Riches. His form is strong in recent races, and changes to in his diet and his training regime seem to have benefitted him greatly. Based on his work in Ireland last year he should have strong prospects for this one.

This tip comes with a caveat though - he does not enjoy soft ground. He managed a good win on soft ground last time out but one victory is not a good indicator of his preferences changing and we're still a little worried. Previously his results on soft ground have frequently been at the bottom end of the pack, if he even finished at all. So bear in mind that if the ground is soft by the off - and it's looking like it could be - he may not be the best horse to be on.

With that said, the best place to back him right now is SkyBet, who are offering a very decent 12/1.

Switching, then, from a horse who loves good ground to one who loves soft, we can't find many reasons not to look at Many Clouds for tomorrow's race. You don't find many horses who have taken nearly twenty wins with not a single one of them being on good ground, but that's exactly what Many Clouds has done in his career so far. He's had a second place on good and a win on good/soft but the remainder of his eighteen victories have all been on soft or heavy ground. If the rain comes overnight and the early races turn over the sod there's no doubt Many Clouds is going to be one of the leading contenders.

His form this season has been excellent and he's unbeaten in three starts. We think he's worth getting on now, as his odds are shortening with the weather forecast predicting rain. The current best place to back him is Coral, at a tempting 8/1.

Finally, our long odds selection for this race is Sam Winner, ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies. He has shown improved form this season taking wins while tongue tied in a listed event at Aintree and also over course and distance here. He's also shown good form on soft ground which may be an important factor, and although he was beaten by Road To Riches in his last outing he finished a very decent third without the tongue tie but with cheekpieces.

He'll be wearing both aids in the Gold Cup, and although we can't quite make the case for him as a long priced dark horse, we can certainly recommend an each way bet.

The best odds we've seen are at StanJames, who are offering 25/1. Alternatively you could pick him up at Ladbrokes for the lower price of 20/1, but with the benefit of knowing that they are paying on four places rather than three.

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