Saturday selections: Hurdle to clear for Murphy’s novice

Amy Murphy's star novice Kalashnikov
Amy Murphy's star novice Kalashnikov
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Amy Murphy’s bold decision to take aim at the Betfair Hurdle with Kalashnikov can paid rich dividends at Newbury.

The Newmarket handler pitches her star novice into one of the most competitive handicap events of the campaign on the back of second in the Tolworth last time out.

All eyes will be on Altior in the Betfair Exchange Chase as he makes his seasonal bow.

Following his well-publicised breathing issue earlier in the year, he has questions to answer and Politologue looks well placed to exploit any weakness.

If Altior is at his very best then there should be no stopping him but, if not, Politologue can take advantage.

Cloudy Dream failed to stay at Aintree last time but is worth another shot in the Betfair Denman Chase.

Saint Calvados can put his age allowance to good use in the Betway Kingmaker Novices’ Chase at Warwick.

Count Otto has seemingly improved immeasurably for a gelding operation and he can keep up the good work in the Handicap at Lingfield.

Chevallier can make it a course and distance double in the Play For Free At Handicap.

Atletico hit the crossbar at Newcastle recently and can gain compensation in the Betway Handicap at Wolverhampton.


Naas: 1.35 Allardyce, 2.10 Cartwright, 2.45 Schindlers Ark, 3.20 Asthuria, 3.35 Alto Esqua, 4.25 Sinndar Sandy, 4.55 Feelin’ Groovy.

Newbury: 1.15 Whatswrongwithyou, 1.50 Steely Addition, 2.25 Cloudy Dream, 3.00 Politologue, 3.35 KALASHNIKOV (NAP), 4.10 Solighoster, 4.40 Harambe.

Uttoxeter: 1.20 Colt Lightning, 1.55 Fort Jefferson, 2.30 Kilcullen Flem, 3.05 Final Choice, 3.40 Jaunty Flyer, 4.15 The Missus, 4.45 Lake Field.

Warwick: 1.30 Dans Le Vent, 2.05 Naranja, 2.40 Saint Calvados, 3.15 Value At Risk, 3.50 Present Times, 4.20 Three Ways, 4.50 Not Never.

Lingield: 1.10 Wicker, 1.45 Wide Acclaim, 2.20 Grandfather Tom, 2.55 Chevallier, 3.30 Native Fighter, 4.05 Count Otto, 4.35 Pour La Victoire.

Wolverhampton: 5.45 Sheer Intensity, 6.15 Spare Parts, 6.45 Mother Of Dragons, 7.15 River Glades, 7.45 Atletico, 8.15 Frown, 8.45 Ravenhoe.