A cracking Saturday is in store with great racing from Newbury and Newcastle. Check out Nick Luck’s fancies below.


KALOOKI just about the nod at 11/2 in the TV opener at Newbury on Saturday (1.15pm). A pretty likeable and progressive novice, he reserved his best performances for this track and this sort of ground. With his stable going pretty well this year, he should have a bit more to offer off this mark, and this isn’t the strongest of races. Killer Clown and Kapcorse look best of the rest.

GLORY AND FORTUNE can run a big race in the handicap hurdle (1.50pm). I’ve always had a soft spot for this horse, but two wind operations probably tell their own story. That said, the second seems to have worked well, and that was a belting run in the Greatwood, where he travelled best until two from home. Dropped a pound and in calmer waters, he should go very well here at 7/1.

GOWEL ROAD can upset Soaring Glory in the Gerry Fielden (2.25pm) at 10/3. Although he’s had a big hike from the handicapper since Cheltenham, I’m far from convinced he was fully exerted that day and I was impressed by how he kept finding having hit the front plenty soon enough. And that is the crux: the favourite is far from certain to be suited by a small field and a tactical scenario: he looks to need a strong pace to be seen to best effect.

EKLAT DE RIRE (9/2) and Enrilo look the two to concentrate upon in the Ladbrokes Trophy (3.00pm), with marginal preference for the former, who looked entirely at ease in Monkfish’s Brown Advisory before coming down. I fancied him that day and, having done no real damage to his mark, I must therefore fancy him this time. Enrilo travelled like a Grade One horse at Sandown in the spring, but is not the heartiest in a finish and I can see him cruising into this before giving best late. Of those at bigger prices, Potterman and The Hollow Ginge can round out the 1234.

STAR MAX (20/1) might be a bit underrated in the Newbury finale (3.35pm). He looks totally exposed, but this is a bit more straightforward than most of his races in Ireland, he’s super consistent, not badly handicapped and has had a wind operation.


GOOD BOY BOBBY surely has way more to offer off his current mark and can win Newcastle’s Rehearsal Chase (2.05pm) at 13/2. The key question is whether he will stay, but the prevailing ground can help him and he’s still very well treated on his form of two seasons ago. The stable remains in blistering form.

SCEAU ROYAL is simply the wrong price at 4/1 in the Fighting Fifth (3.15pm). This looks tailor made for him: a strong pace, fast ground and with the advantage of race fitness. He is jointly the highest rated horse in the race and – while a peak form Epatante is clearly a tough nut to crack – he shouldn’t be four times the price.