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Newbury Racing Tips: Casting handed a Fine mark

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

“He is the type that will relish this bigger field now sent handicapping and he appears to be on a lenient mark…”

NAP: Fine Casting improving nicely

Fine Casting – 14:25 Newbury

Fine Casting progressed well in bumpers last season and is following a similar path over hurdles, building on his previous promise when opening his account in this sphere at Ffos Las last month.

He was very well backed to do so in what were testing conditions, settling better back in trip and finding plenty to fend off the persistent runner-up in the closing stages. He is the type that will relish this bigger field now sent handicapping and he appears to be on a lenient mark. There should be plenty more to come from him.

SBK9/4

EXC4.1

Trainer: Ben Pauling
Jockey: Kielan Woods
Age: 6
Weight: 11st 4lbs
OR: 114

NEXT BEST: Luna can follow up

Gran Luna – 15:30 Newbury

Gran Luna was easy to back and ultimately finished well held on her handicap debut after eight months off at Taunton last month, but she appeared to be much fitter for that comeback when resuming winning ways over this course and distance three weeks ago.

She had the reopposing Voice of Calm, Megan and Pogo I Am all behind her that day, taking her record at this venue to three from three. She rallied well on that occasion and, while she will be well worth another try over further, she is clearly at home at this distance, and is fancied to improve on her already excellent strike rate.

SBK13/8

EXC2.78

Trainer: Nicky Henderson
Jockey: Nico de Boinville
Age: 6
Weight: 11st 3lbs
OR: 119

EACH-WAY: Hawthorn Cottage interesting back in a handicap

Hawthorn Cottage – 15:00 Newbury

Hawthorn Cottage proved better than ever when recording a second win over fences at Kempton in November, typically ridden from the front and putting her experience to good use. She wasn’t in the same form under a double penalty at Huntingdon on her next starts, but she excelled herself in a strong listed event over course and distance last time.

Hawthorn Cottage was seen to good advantage after getting an easy lead, but she looks attractively weighted still back in a handicap, and she has a bang in-form rider taking a valuable 7 lb off now. Another bold show from the front in expected.

SBK9/2

EXC3.4

Trainer: Amy Murphy
Jockey: Miss Lucy Turner
Age: 9
Weight: 11st 9lbs
OR: 124

Wednesday 19 January, 2.25pm

Market rules

Back
Lay
Chanceux

Fine Casting

Mascat

Sheldon

Nobby

Alborkan

John Betjeman

Howling Milan

Fontana Ellissi

Opening Bid

Canford Light

Kuraka

Ar Mest

Up

Down

Wednesday 19 January, 3.00pm

Market rules

Back
Lay
Keep Wondering

Hawthorn Cottage

The Devils Drop

Wayfinder

Mellow Ben

Landofsmiles

Storm Control

Cuban Pete

Tango Boy

Django Django

Young Wolf

Up

Down

Wednesday 19 January, 3.30pm

Market rules

Back
Lay
Gran Luna

Voice Of Calm

Megan

Pogo I Am

Miss Heritage

Brown Bullet

Up

Down

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