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Horse Racing: Graeme Rodway's Saturday Newbury Tips

There is Grade 1 action at Newbury on Saturday and here Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway returns with his best bets on the card at the Berkshire venue.

Not Available @ 14/1

1.15 Newbury

1pt each-way

Martello Sky @ 14/1

1.50 Newbury

1pt each-way

Shanty Alley @ 8/1

2.25 Newbury

1pt each-way

Doctor Ken @ 15/2

3.35 Newbury

1pt win

Not Available looks a wise wager

The 2m½f handicap chase (1.15) doesn't look like a strong race and it's worth taking a chance on course-and-distance winner Not Available returning to form back at this track.

The seven-year-old has dropped to a mark 10lb lower than when last successful in handicap company and shaped like he could be on his way back to form when third at Chepstow this month. That was a red-hot contest and Not Available finished behind two progressive rivals.

He needs to bounce back from a disappointing run at Ludlow last time, but that was over 3m on soft ground and he was never going. The return to 2m on a better surface might do the trick for Not Available and Sam Twiston-Davies is a plus taking over from Richard Patrick.

Martello Sky can scale new heights

The 2m4½f handicap hurdle (1.50) is a competitive race, but there are two who stand out at the weights and preference is for Martello Sky over the Betfair Hurdle hero Soaring Glory.

Martello Sky is a consistent mare over this trip and won twice last season, including in Listed company. She has returned to form this campaign with two solid efforts in defeat in Listed races over 2m and 3m½f, but she is better at this intermediate distance and gets that here.

The key to her chance could be the booking of 10lb claimer Eddie Edge. He is good value for that allowance and it's a huge amount of weight that he can take off Martello Sky's back here.

If she runs her usual consistent race, she should be capable of rewarding each-way support.

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Shanty Alley can build on reappearance promise

The Mandarin Handicap Chase (2.25) is always one of the end-of-year highlights and Shanty Alley might be capable of building on his second at Wetherby on his seasonal reappearance.

Shanty Alley was having his first run after wind surgery on that occasion and he lost out by just three-quarters of a length behind Burrows Diamond. He was rallying as the finish approached and the winner went on to take second in a hot race at Doncaster on Thursday.

The front two pulled 15-lengths clear of the remainder, which gives the form a solid look, and Shanty Alley is entitled to improve for that first run since March. Plenty of horses often progress significantly on their second run after a wind op and Shanty Alley can do the same.

Doctor Ken can give punters a tonic

The 2m6½f novice limited handicap chase (3.35) features several promising young chasers, but none have better recent form than Doctor Ken and he can strike for in-form Olly Murphy.

Doctor Ken has improved significantly for the switch to chasing on both starts this season and built on his return victory at Aintree in November when a good second at Ayr last time.

He was turned over at 6-5 favourite, but the winner Gold Cup Bailly looked smart and put in some impressive leaps on the way to winning. The front two pulled 12-lengths clear of the third and the handicapper has put Doctor Ken up 3lb, so it was evidently an excellent effort.

Doctor Ken is open to further improvement over fences and can get back to winning ways.

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