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ITV Racing tips: one key runner from each of the nine races on ITV on Saturday

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1.15 Newbury
BetVictor Veterans' Handicap Chase, 3m2f

Present Man was impressive in his Chepstow win at the start of the season and is going for another success in veterans' company here. He takes onseasoned top-level handicappers West Approach, Shantou Village and Singlefarmpayment.


On a tempting mark and in-form Millie Wonnacott takes off a useful 7lb

Saturday's racecards

1.30 Kelso
bet365 Premier Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2), 2m2f

Dan Skelton's leading novice hurdler My Drogo ischasing a second success at Grade 2 level after winning Ascot's Sky Bet Supreme Trial in impressive style. He does not have an entry at Cheltenham and takes on the unbeaten Bareback Jack here.


Formerly a tearaway but he was mightily impressive in hammering a good horse at Wincanton

1.50 Newbury
BetVictor Greatwood Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3), 2m4f

Paul Nicholls has won this race three times in the last four years and trains the likely favourite in unexposed chaser Grand Sancy. The improving Killer Clown, Pistol Whipped and Umbrigado are also of interest.


Unexposed chaser whose form stacks up well; scored in good style at Kempton on Boxing Day

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2.05 Kelso
bet365 Handicap Hurdle, 2m5f

Nicholls then has another leading chance at Kelso in the form of Flash Collonges, bidding for a third career success on his handicap debut. He clashes with last-time-out winner Torn And Frayed and the improving Mega Yeats.


Promising early in career; pleasing return in jumpers' bumper three weeks ago; big player

2.20 Doncaster
Virgin Bet Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Listed), 3m

Wynn House and Rayna's World have entries in the Mares' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and will look to keep that dream alive in this Listed heat. The former enjoyed two good wins earlier this season before a good fourth at Cheltenham. However, the improving Alpha Carinae looks a major danger.


Won first two hurdle starts before Grade 2 fourth against males; major player

2.40 Kelso
bet365 Premier Chase (Listed), 2m7½f

Ladbrokes Trophy winner and Grand National favourite Cloth Cap takes a crucial step to Aintree in this competitive Listed event. His rivals include Grade 2 winner Lake View Lad, Two For Gold and Aso.


Grand National fav after his Newbury romp in November; drying ground a massive plus

2.55 Doncaster
Virgin Bet Handicap Chase, 2m½f

Rikoboy has shaped well in two starts over fences in Britain and looks to make it two from three in this competitive handicap chase. Getaway Trump and Zoffee are key dangers.


C&D winner who has had wind op since last chase start and is below his last winning mark

3.15 Kelso
bet365 Morebattle Hurdle, 2m

There is £75,000 on offer for this handicap hurdle and Irish-trained raider The Shunter is bidding for another big pot in Britain following his success in the Greatwood at Cheltenham in November. Recent winners Christopher Wood and Faivoir are other live contenders.


Progressive for this yard and reason to believe he can improve on latestsecondin a novice

3.30 Doncaster
Virgin Bet Grimthorpe Handicap Chase, 3m2f

Beware The Bear tops the weights for ahandicapthat features former winner Chidswell and Chef D'Oeuvre. Alan King's improving runner Canelo won the Rowland Meyrick in December and could have more to offer.


This is his first chase start since April 2019 but this C&D winner is still of interest

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Race 1,1.50 Newbury: KILLER CLOWN
Race 2,2.05 Kelso: MEGA YEATS
Race 3,2.20 Doncaster: WYNN HOUSE
Race 4,2.40 Kelso: CLOTH CAP
Race 5,2.55 Doncaster: BALLYWOOD
Race 6,3.15 Kelso: TOMMY'S OSCAR
Race 7,3.30 Doncaster: SPECIAL PREP

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If you want more insight on Saturday's racing . . .

1.15 Newbury:why Present Man deserves to be favourite in battle of the veteran chasers

2.40 Kelso:National favourite Cloth Cap takes tried-and-trusted route for Trevor Hemmings

3.30 Doncaster:Bear could rise from his slumber as opportunity knocks for National contenders

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Paul Nicholls has won this race three times in the last four years and trains the likely favourite in unexposed chaser Grand Sancy
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