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Newbury best bets: Tribal Chief to lead the way, Flag Carrier no forlorn each-way hope

Hopefully Newbury race-goers will have already done their voting duty before the last race, because they won’t have much time after this intriguing finale to be run over a straight mile.

21:00 Newbury: Billington Foundation Supported by Very Lazy Handicap (1 mile)

Early favourite New King’s Road is expected to justify his support after bookending a tidy win at Salisbury three weeks ago with a couple of decent-third-placed efforts, all over this one-mile trip.

Great Chieftain and Hey Big Spender are expected to go well, but arguably the best value among the market leaders lies with the lightly-raced Tribal Chief.

Having been tried over seven furlongs in three early-spring outings on all-weather tracks, David Menuisier’s three-year-old was given a two-month break before making a successful transition to turf at Nottingham early last month.

Suggested best bet: Tribal Chief in the 21:00 at Newbury

Emerging from mid-division two furlongs out, the result was never in doubt once he got to the front, and he stayed on strongly to hold off the short-priced favourite with over a length in hand.

Excuses could be made for failing to land the odds at Yarmouth last time out three weeks ago, when he never recovered from having to be snatched up two furlongs out, eventually finishing a distant sixth of nine.

A clearer run here should help put that disappointment behind him, and his chances of doing so won’t be harmed by the booking of Oisin Murphy, who has notched up over a hundred winners since the turn of the year, thanks to a 22 percent win rate that has helped him open up a sizable gap in the race for the champion jockey crown.


Elsewhere, the bottom half of the market is not bereft of each-way possibilities, with even rank outsider Happy Chandler no forlorn hope as he makes his second outing for Michael Blake.

Gaining some traction in the Tipstrr camp, Flag Carrier was a winner for Harry Eustace on Kempton’s all-weather track in January, but has struggled to replicate that form in five outings since coming under Brian Toomey’s wing.

His last three outings have all been over six furlongs, so this huge step up to a straight mile could play more to his strengths, while a first-time visor could also help jockey John Egan keep him more focused on the task at hand.

Outsider punt: Flag carrier each-way in the 21:00 at Newbury


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