The feature day of Newbury's jumps season takes place on Saturday and let's hope the course passes a 7.30am raceday inspection. Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway returns to mark your card.
The Sir Peter O'Sullevan Memorial Handicap Chase (12.30) is always one of the more competitive races on this card and JAY JAY REILLY can improve on his seasonal reappearance.
Jay Jay Reilly was a progressive novice last season and won twice at Kempton and Market Rasen before going on to record a career-best effort when second back at Kempton in May.
That was over 2m2f and Jay Jay Reilly was three lengths down at the last before making relentless headway on the short run-in to finish half a length behind winner Mercian Prince.
He went off 5/2 favourite on his seasonal return over the same course and distance in October and shaped better than the bare form of his third. He was beaten more than 16 lengths by the winner, but didn't jump particularly well and probably needed that first run since the spring.
Plenty of trainer Dan Skelton's runners have been improving for their first run back and Jay Jay Reilly looks certain to be suited by the step up four and a half furlongs in trip. There should be lots more to come from this lightly raced seven-year-old in handicaps this season.
The 2m4½f handicap hurdle (1.40) looks like a competitive race on paper, but JET POWERED could prove a class apart on his handicap debut off a mark of 131 as he has Grade 1 potential.
Jet Powered was as short as 6/1 for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham after impressively making a winning debut over hurdles at this meeting last year and he clearly wasn't anywhere near his best when he was turned over back here at the Challow meeting.
He went off the 2/7 favourite that day, but couldn't get anywhere near winner Jupiter Du Gite and trailed in 29 lengths behind. He has been off the track since and probably had a problem.
Nobody is better at bringing horses back at their peak following long layoffs than Nicky Henderson and he simply loves having winners at his local track, especially at this fixture.
The step up half a mile in trip should also bring a significant amount of improvement from Jet Powered and it will be disappointing if he can't win this contest en route to better things.
The 3m2f handicap chase (2.50) is the biggest race of the season at Newbury and one of the highlights of the entire campaign. It can go to classy second-season chaser MAHLER MISSION.
The seven-year-old would probably have won the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham last season but for falling at the second last as he was a long way clear at the time and traded at odds-on in running. That was over 3m6f, so the return to a stamina test looks certain to suit.
Mahler Mission reappeared at Carlisle last month in an intermediate chase over 2m4f and ran a stormer over a trip well short of his optimum. He was beaten only three and a half lengths by the winner Thunder Moon and that horse is all about speed, so simply did him for pace.
The selection still pulled ten lengths clear of the third, the re-opposing Bill Baxter, and should be even better now that he is granted a stiffer test of stamina. He can go one better this time.
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