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The Back Or Lay On The Betfair Exchange Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase at Newbury is an intriguing contest – but MONT DES AVALOIRS looks the sort to leave his opening chase mark well behind – starting here.
Paul Nicholls’ charge made his debut over fences at Newton Abbot in the October of 2018 but reverted back to hurdles and ran with credit from a mark of 142 (which he starts from over fences) when seventh in the rearranged Betfair Hurdle at Ascot in February.
Wind surgery followed after pulling up at Aintree in the spring and he has returned in two good novice chases, meaning he has completed the three-race qualification for a mark.
He was beaten just over seven lengths into fourth by Champ at Newbury and chased home Angels Breath at a respectful distance in an Ascot match.
He’ll be a different proposition switched to handicaps here and is completely unexposed at staying trips too. With the Nicholls yard flying he looks ready to show his true colours again.
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There still looks to be plenty of mileage in ACEY MILAN‘s current handicap mark of 131 and he can prove it in the Betfair Bet In-Play Handicap Hurdle at Newbury (1.50) on Saturday.
The six-year-old first burst into prominence here at Newbury with a brilliant 11-length win the Listed bumper at this very meeting two years ago and he remains unexposed over staying trips over hurdles.
In just his second go at the trip he ran a stormer at Haydock two starts ago when second in the artist formerly known as the Fixed Brush and he’s easily forgiven his Chepstow run in heavy ground last time where he was a beaten favourite.
Trainer Anthony Honeyball…