Newbury afternoon racing tips: Best bets for Friday, March 22

The start of a two-day jumps season finale at Newbury on Friday, March 22 and the Planet Sport tipsters are hunting for winners before the Flat boys and girls take over.

Let's get the ball rolling with some details on our selected horses at Newbury, and there's a full list of tips from the seven-race card at the bottom of the page.

Don't forget to check out the full racecard, results and live odds in Planet Sport's racing live centre.

Good luck and please gamble responsibly.

(Please be aware selections could become non-runners after article's first publication)


14:00 (Newbury) Secret Investor

Secret Investor can kick things off at the Berkshire circuit by proving a cut above his rivals in the Lengthen The Odds At BetVictor Open Hunters’ Chase.

The Paul Nicholls-trained 12-year-old sidestepped the Cheltenham Festival this term and can enhance an impressive record at this venue instead, having beaten Clan Des Obeaux in the 2021 Denman Chase.

Nigel Twiston-Davies will be hoping The Newest One can get back on track in the Bet In-Play On Racing At BetVictor Novices’ Hurdle.

He has faced tough assignments on his last two starts but previously romped home by 19 lengths at Chepstow after a fine second to Buddy One at Cheltenham, so looks worth sticking with back down in class.


14:30 (Newbury) Atlanta Brave


Atlanta Brave is fancied to secure a deserved first success over fences in the Get Best Odds Guaranteed At BetVictor Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase.

Kerry Lee’s charge picked up a couple of hurdle wins last term before finishing fourth in a hot contest at this two-day meeting when among the market leaders.

Blow Your Wad, Inneston and Equinus were in front of him and all three have gone on to frank the form in subsequent outings.

Atlanta Brave disappointed on his chasing debut at Cheltenham in October, although two and a half miles on good ground was far from ideal.

Stepped up to three miles at Exeter, he did well to recover from a bad mistake mid-race before finishing second to well-backed favourite Enjoy Your Life.

The six-year-old was then only edged out late on by Surrey Quest here over an extra two furlongs and the feeling is that this week’s track, trip and going conditions will prove the perfect combination.


15:33 (Newbury) Steel Ally

Steel Ally went into the notebook as one to follow when making all to score by a comfortable six lengths at Wincanton at the start of last month.

He was denied a couple of subsequent opportunities due to bad weather but can prove worth the wait in the BetVictor Gamble Responsibly Handicap Hurdle.


16:08 (Newbury) Mt Fugi Park

Mt Fugi Park was pulled up on heavy ground in an Albert Bartlett trial at Haydock last time out but is taken to redeem his reputation in the Steve Jobar MND Handicap Hurdle.

A £290,000 purchase after winning an Irish point-to-point, the six-year-old beat a useful sort in Wrappedupinmay at Ffos Las on his debut for Jonjo O’Neill and then accounted for Alcedo at Leicester.


Newbury selections in full:

NEWBURY: 2.00 Secret Investor, 2.30 Atlanta Brave, 3.00 The Newest One, 3.30 Steel Ally, 4.08 Mt Fugi Park, 4.43 Peejaybee, 5.20 Haas Boy.


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