After Paul Nicholls said Grivetana was slow to arrive, she might be worth disregarding in Newbury’s Placepot Stage One (12.50).
Instead, the regulars Long Stay and Jack’s A Legend, treated fairly well in the third here last season at I Am Maximus, are preferred.
In the next one (1.20) the three with decent bumper shape are Boom Boom, Hansard and Lock Out, with a preference for the first named.
Nicky Henderson is not yet in top form, but Boom Boom, placed twice behind the helpful Leave Of Absence and improving a deal on his second start, can give him a third victory in this race in six years.
In the third (1.55), Huelgoat de Nicholls is on a roll, but after being on the move all summer you wonder if rain-softened ground will do.
There are a few in-form stables against him and Git Maker and Whydah Gally are preferred.
Point winner She’s A Saint should make it 2-2 over hurdles in the next (2.30), but the presented handicap hurdle (3.05) is much more difficult.
I’ve rarely trusted Didtheyleaveuoutto from a winning standpoint, but he finished second in this race last year and is being treated well, so he enters with the Annual Invictus main pick.
That just leaves a competitive pursuit with a handicap to finish (3.42), with Striking A Pose and Java Point selections.
Newbury Permanent Placepot
3 Long stay
8 Jack is a legend
1 boom boom
1 Why Gally
2 git creator
3 She’s a saint
2 Annual Invictus
4 did they leave
2 strike a pose
5 Java Dot
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