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Three value picks to consider for Saturday’s racing

A former Festival winner, an interesting mare and a veteran handicapper make the list ahead of Saturday’s racing action

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Jockey Jeremiah McGrath celebrates winning the Ultima Handicap Chase with Beware the Bear during Champion Day of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Another interesting weekend awaits in store for racing fans, with several jumps meetings taking place on both sides of the Irish sea.

Punters have been picking apart racecards in the hunt for some considerable value, and we have done some digging of our own.

Here are three nicely-priced runners to consider for Saturday’s contests.

Gala Ball  – Greatwood Gold Cup (1.50 Newbury, 25/1 @ bet365 + William Hill)

It is a known fact that Paul Nicholls has dominated this contest since its inception in 2004, and he does hold two entries in market favourite Grand Sancy and 25/1 Capeland.

But the one that caught the eye here is Philip Hobbs’ Gala Ball. The 11-year-old is back at the same mark that he won a handicap chase here back in 2019.

Gala Ball finished second behind San Benedeto in the Newbury contest two years ago

He loves racing at Newbury, as he has placed in four of his six starts over fences here.

With a enticing price of 25/1, Gala Ball screams each-way value for this contest.

Rayna’s World – Virgin Bet Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (2.20 Doncaster, 6/1 Various)

From the Phillip Kirby yard, Rayna’s World has had a season of mixed fortunes but she could bounce back to winning ways here.

A 100/1 third in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at last season’s Cheltenham Festival, the six-year-old is stepped up to an extended three miles after coming fourth in the Jane Seymour Mares’ Novices’ Chase just over two weeks ago.

Concertista ridden by Daryl Jacob on his way to winning the the Daylesford Mares? Novices? Hurdle during day three of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Rayna’s World finished third behind this season’s Mares’ Hurdle favourite Concertista at Prestbury Park twelve months ago

She could relish the longer distance here, with a 6/1 price tag catching some interest in a wide open affair.

Beware The Bear – Grimthorpe Handicap Chase (3.30 Doncaster, 7/1 @ Ladbrokes)

Nicky Henderson’s runner could see his first victory here since landing the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival back in 2019.

Nicky Henderson reading a racecard at the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Can Nicky Henderson’s former Cheltenham Festival winner Beware The Bear land success in Yorkshire on Saturday?

The top-weight is a winner over the 3m2f distance and the 11-year-old is back down to an interesting mark of 153.

At 7/1, the price could be appealing for each-way punters in this contest.

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