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Horse Racing - Racing: Williams hopes for Newbury success

Trainer Noel Williams believes Speech Bubble can defy top weight in Newbury's Saturday feature, the Grade 2 British EBF "NH" Mares Novices' Hurdle.

The seven-year-old - priced at 3/1 - is out to give Williams, who also fields lowly weighted Largy G (40/1) in the 2m41/2f contest, a second win in the race - following Briery Queen's success in 2016.

Speech Bubble has plenty to offer

A daughter of Well Chosen, Speech Bubble could not have stronger form credentials as she chased home subsequent Cheltenham Festival winner Love Envoi last time at Sandown over two miles and is already a course and distance winner.

Trainer Williams had toyed with the idea of a rematch with the winner in the Grade 2 Mares Novices' Hurdle at the Festival, but was happy to play the waiting game and come here fresh as a result.

Prior to her Sandown effort, Speech Bubble has accounted for Victorias Peak over course and distance in January and is still relatively unexposed over hurdles.

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Williams said: "I would have preferred slightly softer ground for Speech Bubble, but as long as it's safe she'll take her chance.

"She's won round there on good to soft, so should be okay and we've had this in mind since she was second to Love Envoi at Sandown last time."

Williams in confident mood

"She's the best horse in the race on ratings, but she's got to give a fair bit of weight away to some progressive types.

"Obviously, she was beaten by a horse that went on to win at the Cheltenham Festival last time, so her form is rock-solid and I think she’ll run a very big race."

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