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Newbury Racing Tips: Another Star for Nicholls?

Timeform’s Andrew Asquith highlights a Nap, Next Best and Each-Way selection at Newbury.

“…the form isn’t anything special, but the manner of his victory was…”

NAP: A Star is born

Stage Star – 12:10 Newbury

Stage Star was one of the best around in bumpers last season and made a deep impression when making a winning start over hurdles at Chepstow last month. He started a heavily odds-on favourite in a maiden hurdle which was essentially full of future handicappers, so the form isn’t anything special, but the manner of his victory was, and he looks set to take high rank in the novice hurdle division this season. Paul Nicholls won this with Bravemansgame 12 months ago and Stage Star could take a fair bit of stopping.


Trainer: Paul Nicholls
Jockey: Harry Cobden
Age: 5
Weight: 11st 4lbs

NEXT BEST: A Pipe plot?

Umbrigado – 14:25 Newbury

Umbrigado proved very progressive in his first campaign over fences last season, completing a hat-trick in the Greatwood Gold Cup over this course and distance in March where he looked well ahead of his mark. The fact he contested the Grade 1 Manifesto Novices’ Chase at Aintree on his next start shows the regard in which he is seemingly held, so he has to be of major interest on his return to fences from just a 2 lb higher mark than for his last success. Umbrigado has had a couple of pipe-openers over hurdles recently, so should be cherry ripe, and this race may have been his main early-season target for some time.



Trainer: David Pipe
Jockey: David Noonan
Age: 7
Weight: 11st 7lbs
OR: 146

EACH WAY: More to come

One For You – 15:35 Newbury

This is a competitive handicap to close the card, but there was plenty to like about One For You‘s return to action over this course and distance three weeks ago, and he should be much straighter for that run now. One For You moved through the race as though still on a good mark, just leaving the impression that the run was needed in the closing stages, still in contention approaching the last but tiring on the run-in. Philip Hobbs remains in good form and One For You should make his presence felt.



Trainer: Philip Hobbs
Jockey: Tom O’Brien
Age: 6
Weight: 10st 7lbs
OR: 123

Friday 26 November, 12.10pm

Market rules

Stage Star


Bumpy Johnson

Unanswered Prayers

Le Grand Lion

Paddy Husseys Taxi



Friday 26 November, 2.25pm

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Fanion Destruval

Nevilles Cross


Phoenix Way

Gaelik Coast

Morning Vicar


Due Reward

Amour De Nuit

Colorado Doc



Friday 26 November, 3.35pm

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Dolphin Square

One For You

Certainly Red



Saint Sonnet



Drumlee Watar

Shannon Bridge

The Cob

Slate House

Fortune Street



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