3m Betfair Multiples Offer Every Saturday Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) (4yo+ 0-140)
It doesn’t scream quality, this Class 3 handicap hurdle. But it’s intriguing enough. Barbados Bucks is a weak looking 7/2 favourite having folded tamely in each of his last two starts off his current mark to finish 3rd.
Instead, if REGARDING RUTH is in good order after a 645 day lay-off, then she could do what she did over this track two years ago – hosing up over similar conditions – beating Welsh National winner Iwilldoit in second. Regarding Ruth is only 8lbs higher for that run and won convingly on her last start off essentially the same mark at Market Rasen. Eddie Edge claims 10lbs off her to bring her down to a very attractive mark and she’s got to be kept onside.
The other one I’ll back is ANNUAL INVICTUS who may be having a slight recovery run after being pulled up last time out over soft ground. That was only 16 days after his exertions at Cheltenham where he ran a cracking race. The little break should freshen him up as will the return to fast ground which can bring out a stronger performance.
Annual Invictus is another that benefits from a claimer in Freddie Gordon who takes 7lbs off him and the son of Mahlers form rates higher than many of these.
1pt win Regarding Ruth @11/2, 13:50 Newbury, Saturday
1pt win Annual Invictus @15/2, 13:50 Newbury, Saturday