Get on the Range at 8/1

  • By: Ben Linfoot
  • Last Updated: December 28 2012, 17:45 GMT

Ben Linfoot seeks out the value in the Betfred Goals Galore Handicap Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday.

Henderson: Trains Top Of The Range
Henderson: Trains Top Of The Range

We've been treated to some real top-quality racing over the festive period with Long Run, Darlan and Simonsig lighting up Kempton while Monksland, Back In Focus and Tidal Bay prevailed in thrilling finishes at Leopardstown on Friday.

It's of no surprise then that Saturday's action isn't quite as mouthwatering with the Istabraq Hurdle over in Ireland the clear highlight.

Hurricane Fly should win, he mops up these small-field Grade Ones in testing ground, but at odds of 1/3 he's only a bet for the biggest of hitters.

The Challow Hurdle at Newbury will throw up a bigger-priced winner but again it looks likely to go to one of the market leaders with Clondaw Kaempfer, Taquin Du Seuil and Easter Day set to battle it out between themselves.

Perhaps the latter, trained by Paul Nicholls, is the bet at around 4/1 after Bucking The Trend gave his Ascot form a mini boost on Friday.

However, his two rivals look smart and I'm reluctant to take them on so it's to the handicaps we turn to once in again in search of value, in particular the Betfred Goals Galore Handicap Hurdle at Newbury.

Bakbenscher has obvious claims of following up his Haydock win under a 6lb penalty while Salubrious will be popular following his second to subsequent Cheltenham winner At Fishers Cross here last time.

They should be in the mix but that comment applies to TOP OF THE RANGE too who ran an eye-catching race at Cheltenham last time.

He was almost last jumping the third from home in the two-mile handicap hurdle won by Dark Lover and must have been 15 lengths off fifth coming over the final flight, but that's the position he filled after storming up the hill.

The handicapper dropped him 3lb for that effort and unlike his main rivals who have gone up in the weights, he looks well treated especially with Peter Carberry taking a further 5lb off.

He won on his first two starts for Henderson and was thought good enough to run in last year's Challow, so there's clearly some ability there and back up in trip he might just be well handicapped.

At 8/1 he's worth chancing to small stakes.

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