2:20 Newbury – Ultima’s MATT Hudson Handicap Chase
DOMTALINE has shown some good form in the past and with just nine chase starts to his name, could still be improving. On his final start he went down by just a neck to Bally Legend who franked the form with a big win last month and on six pounds better terms is fancied to turn the tables. He acts well on decent ground so the drying conditions should really suit. At the bottom of the weights Balzaccio catches the eye as just over two years ago he had developed into a decent novice, rated 135, but runs here off 120 and after a recent good run over fences, should be primed for a big run on ground that suits.
3:30 Newbury – Ultima Proud Sponsors Of Alan King Racing Handicap Chase
HIGHLAND LODGE ran well for a long way in the Hennessy on ground very similar to what he will face here and is fancied to run well. In the Hennessy he ran off a mark of 143, but has just 137 here. He ran below form last time, but the ground was very testing and the yard was out of form, but things are different here with the yard in good form and I can see him conceding the weight to inferior horses. On his only other start at the track he finished close to Harry Topper and Benefficient who have both gone on to win big races, so I am happy to take a chance on him here.