Friday 22 March is the first day of Newbury’s two-day Be Wiser Jumps Season Finale Meeting and there looks to be some interesting betting opportunities on the card. We’ve three free tips for Newbury including tips for the Be Wiser Insurance Novices’ Hurdle, Be Wiser Insurance Handicap Chase, and the Be Wiser Insurance Handicap Hurdle.
Be Wiser Insurance Novices’ Hurdle (1.45)
Rated 130, Breaking Waves comes out marginally best on official ratings in this novice hurdle, as the 133-rated Dashel Drasher has to concede him 4lb. However, it’s the 5lb allowance of his jockey Harry Teal that could really swing things in his favour as the youngster is two wins from two rides on him and his 5lb claim puts Breaking Waves 6lb clear on my figures. Teal has been enjoying a run of great form of late too, with one of his two wins last week coming for Warren Greatrex, which further enhances my opinion that Teal is well worth his claim.
Be Wiser Insurance Handicap Chase (2.20)
The last two winners of this race have been pulled up on their previous starts and, whilst that isn’t a pointer to the chances of Tanit River, I’m not going to let it put me off backing him here. His last two wins have come off marks of 123 and 127 and he looks more than capable of winning off a mark of 124 in what looks a poorer contest than the ones he’s been running in of late.
The stable of trainer Tim Vaughn has certainly been in excellent form in March with six winners from 20 runners, two of which were returned at 20/1. It’s also interesting that Richard Johnson is booked to ride Tanit River for the first time since his first ever run. It also looks significant that some of Tanit River’s best performances have come in March in a month in which he has won three times and been placed twice in six starts.
Be Wiser Insurance Handicap Hurdle
Trainer Dan Skelton chalked up two winners at the Cheltenham Festival and, having kept up the good work with three winners from his last 10 runners, he’s fancied to win this contest with Nube Negra.
Having been highly-tried in at last year’s Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals, Nube Negra was again asked to race at a high-level when he made his seasonal debut in the Greatwood Hurdle. He was outclassed there but looked sure to play a part in the finish at Taunton last time until being brought down at the second last.
That also looked a potentially better class contest than this one, with the winner Capitaine and the second Sternrubin sure to have been strong fancies if turning up here. Nube Negra travelled ominously well in that race and that ability could carry him into the latter stages of this race without him using up too much energy. The handicapper has also left him on the same mark as that run at Taunton, which looks lenient considering how well he was still going when brought down.