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Saturday Racing - Newbury

There's an exciting day of racing ahead at Newbury, and we've looked through the card to dig out the horses we think might be the best bang for your buck.

The 14:50 Greenham Stakes looks to be an exciting renewal. It's hard to argue against favourite Ivawood, who probably just edges it against his rivals in terms of promise and potential.

He looked superb as a two year old, taking the July Stakes at Newmarket and the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood, before losing his unbeaten record by finishing second in the Middle Park on his last start. He certainly has the talent, but this new trip for him may be a slight stumbling block. Whether the extra furlong will matter is the big question here, but there's no argument that Ivawood should be able to prove himself a major player in this race.

The best place we've found to back him is at BetFred, who are offering a decent 13/8.

Elsewhere in the field we think Dick Whittington stands out as a potential challenger. He stood out over six furlongs last year, and took two wins in Curragh Group races against horses who went on to be fourth and fifth in the Middle Park. To confirm that form here he'll have to run even better but there's certainly potential for improvement, and his yard will be keen to get the best out of him here to gauge where they stand with their Guineas runners.

The best price we found on him was at PaddyPower, who are offering a very tempting 9/1.

In the following race, the 15:25 Spring Cup, current favourite Buckstay looks the likeliest contender for the win.

It's a fairly well matched field so it's tricky to call, but Buckstay has impressed in some fairly competitive turf handicaps. His only wins have come on all weather surfaces, which may count against him slightly, but he was second behind a decisive winner on his return three weeks ago and we think he's a strong prospect here.

The best place we've found to back him is at StanJames, who are offering by the far the best price on the market at 8/1.

2015 Scottish National at Ayr

Hot on the heels of the centrepiece event that is the Grand National comes the Scottish National, running at Ayr at 15:45 on Saturday afternoon.

The unkind sometimes argue that this is the race for all those horses who weren't good enough for the big event, but to our eyes it's a strong field with a lot of promising but inexperienced runners.

Much as with the Grand National, staying the course is the big issue and it's certainly a question for some of the runners here. Current favourite Gallant Oscar has certainly shown some form over distance, with a run to third at Cheltenham a notable performance.

He's placed third and fourth in his last two long distance attempts, notably each on very different ground. He's certainly going to be worth a look on the day, and the best place we've found to back him is at Coral, who are offering 10/1.

That run to third at Cheltenham might well have been a fourth for Gallant Oscar, though, had Indian Castle not been compromised by Pendra on the run to the line.

Indian Castle ran an excellent race that day, and the three mile one furlong handicap chase is certainly not a bad sighter for spotting stayers. It was his best effort for a while since changing stables, and more importantly it showed us that he can run on good ground and perform well.

Previously he was considered to be something of a mudlark, but if he can perform on good ground with the stamina of a horse who can take race victories in a swamp then he's definitely worth keeping an eye on.

He's a little higher in the weights than Gallant Oscar, but you can pick him up at SkyBet for a very tempting 18/1.

Picking out a longer odds contender is tricky, since many of the horses seem pretty equally matched. If we had to choose one, though, we'd probably take Cogry.

He's done some solid running over distance and has not notably disgraced himself thus far. He's under a new jockey here, and would probably prefer the gorund a little softer, but as an outside bet he's worth a little punt.

The best we've found him at is 25/1, which you can pick up over at StanJames.

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