Luke Elder’s betting tips: Scaramanga's gunning set to be golden

Paul Nicholls and Philip Hobbs are set to do battle at Newbury on Friday, with Scaramanga tipped to get the better of Masters Legacy.

Looking to get your weekend off to the perfect start? Well, look no further as Luke Elder is here to give you a helping hand in getting your Friday lunchtime off to a flyer.

1.00 Newbury - Scaramanga

Elder says: "The 1.00 at Newbury is a tough looking handicap hurdle, one that could be fought out between [Philip] Hobbs and [Paul] Nicholls.

"I'm siding with the latter to take out this contest though, with the Malcolm Denmark owned Scaramanga, who ran a good race last time out at Ascot, probably not in ground that he really revels in - that was on a softer surface.

"I think he's a bit better on a faster surface - one we'll see this afternoon over at Newbury.

"Better is expected from Scaramanga, he is well-handicapped on past efforts. And also take into account, that Ascot race was one that was dominated by front runners. Scaramanga wasn't that, he had to come from a long way back, only him and Dear Sire made ground into the race, and Dear Sire's run a couple of good races since that day.

"But Scaramanga is capable of better. I think he'll take all the beating here.

"Masters Legacy has to be respected from the Philip Hobbs yard. The yard are in better form now, and also Masters Legacy will be race fit after a run at Taunton last time around.

"Off the back of a year's absence, I think he'll go close, and Sebastopol should be there or thereabouts as well, albeit he's coming off the back of a disappointing effort at Kelso last time around, albeit in a much better race.

"I think Scaramanga can fight them all away, one for Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden."