Timeform establish the three best bets at Newbury on Friday…
“…a 7 lb penalty is unlikely to be enough to prevent him from following up…”
Timeform on Coeur Serein
Howling Milan failed to satisfy market expectations when down the sphere over this course and distance final time, however he proved that he’s efficient in these situations when discovering just one too good 12 days earlier. That was a robust race and he’s solely 3 lb larger right here, so it might be value giving him one other likelihood on simply his third strive over three miles. He probably discovered the race coming too quickly final time however has had three weeks to get well forward of this project.
Saint de Reve formed encouragingly when filling the runner-up spot at Wincanton three weeks in the past, exhibiting indicators of inexperience however rallying properly below stress to be overwhelmed lower than 4 lengths. His power on the end suggests he’ll be suited by the step again up in journey right here, and there’s no doubt he’s on a great mark. This seems to be a good chance for him to open his account over fences on the third try, representing the Paul Nicholls yard which continues in good coronary heart (67% of horses operating to kind).
Coeur Serein caught the attention on his handicap debut at Doncaster in December, ending with operating left below a hands-and-heels journey, and he confirmed the promise of that effort after three months off when operating out a formidable winner at Warwick final time. The method of that success suggests he’s nonetheless a good distance forward of his mark, so a 7 lb penalty is unlikely to be sufficient to forestall him from following up, with additional progress additionally not out of the query given his calmly raced profile.