Money Back: 1.50 Newbury
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It could be a massive day for claiming jockey Tom Humphries, who gets the ride on Ballyhill in the Betfair Hurdle later in the afternoon, and he might be going into the big one on the back of a win courtesy of Scotchtown. He's entitled to reverse Warwick form with winning machine Tobefair, who is going to be collared by the handicapper before too long but looks capable of another bold bid at least here. Preference over that pair, however, is for the returning RED HANRAHAN who is very much an in-and-out performer but is unexposed over three miles and loves getting his toe into the ground. Sam Twiston-Davies has presumably picked him over stablemate Lac Fontana and, having been off the track since April when pulled-up at Sandown, it's worth chancing the champion trainer has him spot-on for his return to the fray.
Tom Humphries is five from 16 over hurdles for Nigel Twiston-Davies this season so is clearly excellent value for his claim and as Ben points out below, the trainer has a decent record in this race. SCOTCHTOWN ran a terrific race at Warwick in a stamina sapping contest on just his fifth career start. He's open to improvement given how lightly raced he is and the five-year-old may well benefit from this marginally less testing contest so with so little to choose between him and the remarkable Tobefair at the weights; he has to get the vote.
Nigel Twiston-Davies has a good record in this race thanks to the exploits of Master Of The Sea and Count Guido Deiro in recent years and he has another live contender in SCOTCHTOWN on Saturday. The five-year-old has improved with racing and stepping up in trip this season and he ran a cracker on his handicap debut behind Tobefair at Warwick last time. There isn't likely to be much between those two again, but a 3lb pull at the weights can help Scotchtown reverse that form and at least there's the Money Back safety net is he just fails to the same rival once again.
No prizes for originality here but SCOTCHTOWN looks set to take the plenty of beating. The five-year-old is on the upgrade and unexposed at this trip. He ran reverse recent Warwick form with Tobefair in receipt of three pounds and under a more patient ride and looks the one to be on. Red Hanrahan may be best caught fresh and rates the main danger on his seasonal reappearance.
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