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Wednesday’s Racing Tip: 2/1 Brother Brian can win again at Newbury

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Lewis Jones was back on the winners trail yesterday as Strollawaynow justified maximum support at 7/4. That five point win recommendation bumped up his profit since this column was introduced in November to +39.26. That means you’d have made £390 if you had taken his advice and followed his staking plan over the last two and half months. Let’s hope it continues with the Cheltenham Festival now very much on the horizon….

Trainer Hughie Morrison doesn’t really get the respect he deserves in racing circles as a multi-purpose trainer.

Usually, he can be trusted when tasked with progressing an inexperienced horse up the ranks whether it would be on the flat or over jumps and he may just have one on his hands over hurdles this season with Brother Brian, who is fancied to win today in the Betfred “Double Delight” Novices´ Hurdle, run at 1:50 at Newbury.

Despite not troubling the judge in three bumpers and his first start over hurdles, the selection always shaped with significant ability in his races and looked a horse to watch closely as he became stronger and more experienced.

The six-year-old was given a good introduction to the hurdling game when finishing a staying on fifth at Ascot in November, behind some really nice types.

From that race, Champagne West, Knock House, Vikekhal have all won since and the winner Beat That only was narrowly seen off by stablemate Royal Boy in the Grade One Tolworth Hurdle at Kempton last weekend.

With that in mind, it was with great hindsight that he was allowed to go off 7/1 next time out in a strong novice race at Newbury, where his followers were rewarded as he showed great tenacity and hurdling ability to see off the determined challenge of the well regarded Tistory from the Nicky Henderson stable.

The front two pulled 13 lengths clear of the third in what looked an above average race for the grade. It was hard not to be impressed with his desire and willingness to win as he completely fluffed the last two hurdles but still rallied doggedly under Tom O’Brien to get win by nearly two lengths.

Market rival Full Shift also looks a nice prospect but may not be as streetwise as the selection today.

Brother Brian looks a solid wager at 2/1 with a three point win stake.

Profit and Loss Record Staked: 172pts Returned: 211.26pts P/L: +39.26pts     

(Cheltenham ante post book: 2pts West Wizard in Supreme Novices Hurdle 8/1 & 1pts EW Harry Topper in Gold Cup 50/1)

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