Hi everyone,

nothing to report on selections wise after a quiet week. The only race we looked at on Monday was won by our top-rated Mia's Storm staying on well after the last to win by two lengths. She went off at odds on and as you all know that's not our kind of bet.

There is a decent card at Newbury tomorrow which is televised and we have run the numbers on all the Class 2 and above races and have come up with 2 selections.

The Route66 page has been updated and there are a couple of runners from the Cheltenham horses to follow list.

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Good luck
The team at Cleeve

1.50 Newbury 2m4f (2m3f187y) Ladbrokes Novices' Chase (Registered As The Berkshire Novices' Chase) (Grade 2) (Class 1) (4yo+)

Selections:

NO SELECTION

Race Analysis:

Cleeve Top 3 Rated:
1) La Bague Au Roi – 38
2) Spiritofthegames – 36
3) Lostintranslation – 29

Race analysis:
Only four runners for another valuable prize and that is after the rains came – getting worried about the jumps game with poor turnouts. Anyone of the top three could win but preference is for second rated Spiritofthegames due to his battling spirit. No Bet.

2.25 Newbury 2m4f (2m3f187y) Ladbrokes Handicap Chase (Class 2) (4yo+)

Selections:

NO SELECTION

Race Analysis:

Cleeve Top 3 Rated:
1) Willoughby Court – 63
2) Ballybolley – 61
3) Beggar’s Wishes – 58

Race analysis:
This looks as if it will be a competitive race and Willoughby Court could well win this, but there are too many threats for us to risk a bet. No Bet.

3.00 Newbury 3m (3m52y) Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle (Grade 2) (Class 1) (4yo+)

Selections:

Sam Spinner 3 points to win at 3/1 Skybet

Race Analysis:

Cleeve Top 3 Rated:
1) Sam Spinner – 74
2) Unowhatimeanharry – 69
2) Momela – 69

Race analysis:
Unowhatimeanharry has had the benefit of a run but having had a wind operation it is a bit of a concern that he sports a first-time tongue tie and cheekpieces, which suggests the operation may have not been fully successful. No surprise to see him challenge but best watched at present.

Momela has a lot of improvement to make if he is to challenge here; however, he is very consistent so should be thereabouts. He is a horse I think will improve further this season but has had a wind operation and has a tongue tie. Momela finished second in a Grade 2 and third in a Grade 1 as a novice last season and should be challenging in these races if he keeps improving.

Sam Spinner started favourite for the Stayers at Cheltenham but probably had gone over the top after a long season performing well in top races. Sam Spinner won at Grade 1 level last season and can start off this season with a win on ground that will suit. He has also won twice first time out, so fitness should not be a problem.

3.35 Newbury 3m (3m52y) Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle (Class 2) (4yo+ 0-145)

Selections:

Aux Ptits Soins 1 point each way at 10/1 Betvictor and Ladbrokes (4 Places)

Race Analysis:

Cleeve Top 3 Rated:
1) Aux Ptits Soins – 112
2) Virginia Chick – 104
3) Captain Peacock – 94

Race analysis:
Virginia Chick won four handicaps last season, but all were at a lower grade and it would take a huge improvement for him to win this. He gets in with a lightweight and with his rider’s claim taking off a further seven pounds it could put Virginia Chick in the frame.

Captain Peacock started the season well with two wins but has lost his way a bit and that could be with the stable form dropping off to the point of freezing. Captain Peacock could be on a decent mark but is probably best watched at the moment.

There are several threats such as Dragon D’Estruval, which is probably a bit short in the market and Juge Et Parti which has a nasty habit of finishing second (4/5 runs).

Aux Ptits Soins has not run since April 2017, but prior to that excelled over fences and hurdles including winning the Coral Cup and finishing fifth in the Stayers. He has obviously had his problems and switched to Dan Skelton from his former boss Paul Nicholls. I am pretty sure he would not be risked unless he is back to some level of fitness and ability. He could prove to be a huge price if he turns up fit and Dan Skelton is adept at getting horses ready first-time out.