Strong whisper for David Pipe’s Dell’Arca in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on Betfair Super Saturday
Crockford can report that there has been a strong whisper that Pipe’s horse will take Europe’s richest handicap hurdle today at Newbury. Backed when winning the Greatwood Hurdle in the autumn, Dell’Arca fell when going well last time out and looks to make amends this afternoon in the feature Betfair Hurdle.
Rumours are that the horse is due to pick up this prize before an attempt is made on the Imperial Cup and Festival double. The classy ex-French hurdler will face stiff opposition in the Betfair Hurdle though from the likes of the highly regarded Rolling Ball and Alan King’s pair Montbazon and Vendor.
With trainer King bouncing back from a lean spell it will certainly be worth punters watching and following his team today. The stable stars will be out in abundance at Newbury and Warwick, so expect some doubles and trebles to be on the cards. King’s most likely winner is Balder Succes in the Kingmaker Chase at Warwick (2.40).
The Denman Chase at Newbury (2.25) will see Al Ferof confirm his Gold Cup credentials when the grey proves that he can stay three miles in these heavy conditions.
Crockford’s Dead Cert – Seven Nation Army (Newbury 4.40)
This easy winner last season of a good bumper at Fontwell followed up by taking a listed contest at Ascot this winter. There looks more to come from this talented performer who should have no problem in handling the very testing conditions.
Crockford’s Whisper – Dell’Arca e/w (Betfair Hurdle – Newbury 3.35)
Connections have high hopes for this horse and the whisper is that a big coup is on the cards. With prices of around 9/1 available for the Betfair Hurdle today and 25/1 for a Festival win he must be worth an each way gamble.
Archer’s Selection – Perfect Pasture (Lingfield 3.45)
Archer would not have wanted to miss this ultra-consistent sort. This could well be the horse’s lucky seventh win in a row and hat-trick on the all-weather.
Crockford’s Gambles on Betfair Super Saturday:
Newbury – Calipto (1.20), Al Ferof (2.25), Dodging Bullets (3.00), Dell’Arca e/w and Montbazon e/w (Betfair Hurdle 3.35), Mendip Express (4.10) and Seven Nation Army (4.40)
Warwick – Tickity Bleue (1.35), Glens Melody (2.05), Balder Succes (2.40), Tullyesker Hill (3.50) and Midnight Prayer (4.25)
Lingfield – Fair Value e/w (2.35), Modernism (3.10), Perfect Pasture (3.45), Parisian Pyramid e/w (4.20) and Sloane Square (4.50)
Naas – Tarla (1.45) and Champagne James (2.20)
(Featured Photograph – David Pipe and Alastair Down at Cheltenham by Stuart Rice)