Our man Steve Jones has picked out four value punts, including a trio at ITV’s Newbury card, led by a 10-1 shot that looks like a solid bet either way, and another at Ffos Las
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HOLLY HARTINGO (2.45) is competing in Class 2 EBF BetVictor NH Mares Novice Hurdle and she seems like the right guy for this race to back up racingtohelpukraine.uk. After finishing second in the second of her two Irish point-to-point starts, she made a successful hurdles debut over 2m5f at Ludlow.
Alastair Ralph’s mare showed a willing demeanor that day just before Christmas and she had little trouble doubling her tally at Huntingdon three weeks later. Her handicap debut after a two-month hiatus could be seen as disappointing, but dropping to 2m in a four-man Hereford competition would never suit her.
This race will show her in a much better light. Have 2 points each way at 10-1 with most bookmakers paying out on five places and Sky Bet stretching out on six places. Newbury also hosts the veteran condition jockey chase finals and the flying gray VALADOM (2.10) looks overpriced.
He loves to fire up front on decent ground and he got them all going in that race 12 months ago just heading for the driveway. His form this season hasn’t been particularly promising, but he’s stayed strictly on right-handed tracks.
He rides so much better and the drying conditions are exactly what he wants. Have 1 point each way at 16-1 with one of the bookies paying out in four places.
Also RAINYDAY WOMAN (1.35) on the map will like the ground. This smart Bumper mare posted a hat-trick of hurdle wins in December before underperforming by miles afterwards at Lingfield Cheltenham Festival Winner Dear Envoi.
That was maybe one run too many in a relatively short space of time and the heavy ground was against them too. She looks well treated for her handicap debut and this nice looking mare has potential to improve further. Have 1 point to win at 7-1.
Ayr’s Scottish National Card looks particularly tricky so it might pay off to head to Wales instead. WALKINTHEWOODS (2.17) competes in the first class of the novice handicap hurdle and seems more than capable of completing such a race.
He seemed to need a step up to that 2m3f trip when he finished second to well-weighted Petty Cash over 2m at Ffos Las in February. It wasn’t the 2m5f distance that beat him at Hereford later that month when the race was likely to come a bit early. Have 1 point to win at 8-1.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/horse-racing/value-scope-steve-joness-racing-26614565 Value Scope: Steve Jones' race tips for Newbury and Ffos Las on Saturday