Horse Racing Tips | 26th November 2016

RACING expert Graeme Johnston picks out his best bets on an exciting Saturday.

14:55 Newcastle

The Fighting Fifth hurdle is the first big 2 mile hurdle in the UK and despite the small field this is a good renewal. Ireland make up half the field and look likely to play a big hand in this race however it’s unlikely to influence the Cheltenham Festival.

Sceau Royal has been a revelation this season and looks like being one of the top domestic hopes for the Champion Hurdle crown however he may have reached his peak already. Apples Jade was the top juvenile last season however despite numerous weight allowances she looks vulnerable here.

The one I do like here is the Henry De Bromhead trained Petit Mouchoir. He gradually improved as a novice and he ran well at the major festivals and looks progressive.

He looked in need of his reappearance last time out and I think he will be seen to better effect here. I make him a confident selection here and think he may take high order amongst the 2 mile division this season.

15:10 Newbury

The Hennessy is one of the big handicaps chases of the seasons and as ever this is a very good renewal. Plenty of value is on offer here and I am backing an established Hennessy performer here.

The Hennessy is one of the most gruelling chases of the season and it takes a tough character to take this prize. Theatre Guide has placed here twice and has ran some fantastic races in the past 12 months. He finally got the win he deserved at Kempton in February however he remains well handicapped in my opinion.

In the Bet365 Gold Cup he ran well until stamina stopped him and I think this is his optimum course and distance. At the prices he’s a fantastic each way bet for connections that can do no wrong.

15:30 Newcastle

The Rehearsal Chase over 3 miles tends to be quite gruelling however it also tends to be won by a decent sort. This is a small but select field and one of my old favourites lines up here.

Bristol De Mai has had an incredible career as a chaser and in my opinion is one of the best jumpers around. He has Grade 1 wins to his name and although he maybe isn’t quite top class he’s a great servant to connections.

He’s never finished out of the first two places in his career as a chaser and I expect this to continue here. On his seasonal debut he came second to Seeyouatmidnight however he looked in need of the run and will love the soft ground here.

I have a feeling he is better than this level and I think he will win this before going on to win bigger races later in the season.

Graeme Johnstone’s Best Bets

14:55 Newcastle – Petit Mouchoir

15:10 Newbury – Theatre Guide

15:30 Newcastle – Bristol De Mai