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Horse Racing betting tips: Time to go Solo at Newbury

Newbury's jumps season rounds off on Saturday with a card full of competitive handicaps and novice races that are bound to inform some good races in the autumn. Keith Melrose from the Racing Post provides his best bets on the card.

Keith Melrose's tips

2.40 Newbury - Solo @ 7/1 
4.25 Newbury - Onemorefortheroad @
6/1
5.00 Newbury - Ashtown Lad @
10/1

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2.40 Newbury - Solo @ 7/1

It is easy to see why Heltenham has been put in as favourite for this race. He won it last year, and has since won the biggest race held over this course and distance, the Greatwood Gold Cup held here three weeks ago.

While I am not in a mad rush to take him on, the order of the betting behind the favourite is all wrong and that creates value.

Second-favourite Eaton Collina is a likeable type but he has been well placed to win his last two and has gone up 12lb in the weights for his trouble. Next is Gunsight Ridge, who promises more than he delivers.

To my mind, SOLO is a more likely winner than either, and is better handicapped for sure. He was second in the Haldon Gold Cup from this mark, when giving 10lb to Elixir Du Nutz who has since won a Grade 1.

The winner had Freddie Gingell's 7lb claim off that day, and now Gingell claims off Solo. In effect, he is therefore 5lb lower than when second in a Grade 2 trying to give lumps away to a future Grade 1 winner.

On Solo's only run since, he was again giving weight away to the progressive Excello. I believe he stayed, and he certainly did when winning last season's Pendil at Kempton.

Keith Melrose's tip:

Solo @ 7/1 - 1pt win

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4.25 Newbury - Onemorefortheroad @ 6/1

Improvers like Jupiter Du Gite and Game On For Glory are likely to be popular here. Yet in top-weight ONEMOREFORTHEROAD, we have a horse much more accustomed to top handicaps who is starting to find his range over fences.

In the 2021-22 season, Onemorefortheroad finished second in Ascot's big pre-Christmas handicap hurdle, fourth in the Imperial Cup and third in the Scottish Champion Hurdle. All were off marks in the mid-high 130s, but his chase mark now is only 128.

He made a successful debut in this sphere, however belated, at Doncaster in December. Turned out 13 days later and sent off favourite, his jumping was a little scrappy next time and he was a below-form fourth.

It would be unreasonable to expect Onemorefortheorad to become a better chaser than hurdler. But he will not have to. A flat track, on drying ground, ought to suit him ideally and he deserves to be taken seriously here.

Keith Melrose's tip:

Onemorefortheroad @ 6/1 - 1pt win

5.00 Newbury - Ashtown Lad @ 10/1

Two jump off the card in the closing veterans' chase - Certainly Red and ASHTOWN LAD. If the ground is seriously drying by the end of racing, the former would firmly enter the reckoning. But on balance of probabilities it will still be soft enough that Ashtown Lad can bounce back to form.

This former Becher Chase winner over the National fences has kept running in top handicaps since, and unexpectedly it has been his jumping that has let him down.

He was poor in the Topham and this season's Becher, two of his four runs in the last 12 months. On the other occasions, he was plainly unfit in the Badger Beer and was far from the only horse to struggle with conditions in the Grimthorpe last time.

The result is a tumbling mark. Ashtown Lad is now rated 3lb lower than when he won the Becher. He now drops out of top handicaps and into veteran company. This will be his easiest test in a long time. He is in better form to take advantage than recent form figures imply.

Keith Melrose's tip:

Ashtown Lad @ 10/1 - 1pt win

Keith Melrose's tips

2.40 Newbury - Solo @ 7/1 
4.25 Newbury - Onemorefortheroad @
6/1
5.00 Newbury - Ashtown Lad @
10/1

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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