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|Masters Legacy||11/2||each-way (4 places)
Newbury 13.50 - Sat 27th Nov
Date of Tips: 26/11/2021
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I’m doing things all a little upside down this weekend, and given I have tried and tried, and tried again, to find a bet for Newbury’s Friday card, but simply can’t – I am going to highlight my one bet of the weekend instead, which comes midway through the card at Newbury on Saturday.
It is one of the pre-cursors to the Ladbrokes Trophy at 3.00 – which in terms of solving, feels like the immovable object, and I am certainly not an irresistible force, so have had to concede defeat on the big race.
The race I do like however, is the Get Your Ladbrokes £1 Free Bet Today Handicap Hurdle at 1.50, run over 2m4½f, on ground that could perhaps be edging towards testing – given the forecast of up to 10mm of precipitation between Friday lunchtime and Saturday afternoon. That on top of what will have been generously watered ground, could result in soft ground.
That will suit the horse who I believe should be a strong favourite, and currently isn’t – Masters Legacy, who at 11/2 each-way with Paddy Power, for 4 places, is the bet of the weekend.
Even if the ground was only a mix of ‘good’ and ‘good to soft’ then Masters Legacy will be fine on it, as he clearly was when springing a surprise to those connected to him, by winning on seasonal reappearance on ‘good’ ground over 2m at Chepstow in October.
The feature of his performance that day was the way in which he was able to keep tabs on some pretty fast horses (Allmankind anyone?) and then have enough left in the tank to come home strongest of all – despite Philip Hobbs suggesting he would be much better for the run, softer ground, and a longer trip.
Masters Legacy’s profile fulfils all three of those factors at Newbury on Saturday, to boost his Chepstow win with, and at 11/2 each-way with Paddy Power, it could produce a run that would be more akin to a horse with a favourites chance.
Last season was a bit of a write-off for Masters Legacy, which was the case for quite a few in the Hobbs’ stable, but as ever, the mantra that now a few horses could be well handicapped rings true. Plus, the handicapper could only raise him 2lbs for that Chepstow win, such was the congested nature of the finish.
It is a perfect storm (not one called Alwen!) and has resulted in an investment on Masters Legacy having plenty of upside at 11/2 each-way, given his form in very strong soft ground novice hurdles two season ago has been boosted on many occasions in the interim.
Masters Legacy is one horse I think can progress plenty this season, and has a huge amount in his favour in the 1.50 at Newbury on Saturday, and so taking 11/2 each-way with Paddy Power, and locking in 4 places, looks a wise move.