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Newbury – 4th November: DOM’S NAP + NB | Thursday’s 2 Best Bets

Our two best bets for the action at Newbury on Thursday afternoon

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2EJ4DGM Soaring Glory ridden by jockey Jonjo O'Neill (centre) clear the last to win The Betfair Hurdle at Newbury racecourse. Picture date: Sunday February 21, 2021.
Newbury’s NAP: ELLE EST BELLE | 2:00pm CSP Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle | Dom’s Pick
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A hot affair in this division but all eyes will be on Dan Skelton’s Champion Bumper third, who should be a force to be reckoned with for the upcoming campaign.

2D5XAHK Trainer Dan Skelton (left) with brother, jockey Harry Skelton during day two of the Showcase at Cheltenham Racecourse
Can Dan and Harry Skelton claim a Newbury scalp with Elle Est Belle on Thursday afternoon?

The form from the Festival Wednesday finale is working out incredibly strong so she should be up to make a winning start to life over timber under the champion jockey in Berkshire.

Alan King’s Nina The Terrier could not have won any of her hurdle starts any easier but does concede weight all around as a result, while Ahorsewithnoname has experience in this sphere to her name so can’t be discounted either.

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Despite remaining a maiden, David Pipe’s young gelding ran well on two occasions over three hurdle starts last term which included a fine third at Exeter when last seen in March.

David Pipe Uttoxeter
David Pipe is represented by two runners at the Berkshire track

Connections are now keen to try him over two miles and given the manner of his Fontwell bumper win over this sort of trip, he could get off the mark over timber here.

Fergus Gillard claims 3lbs off his back to put him more on terms with Phillip Hobbs’s Hope You Do, his market rival.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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