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Talking Horses: top tips for a day of jumps action at Newbury and beyond

The early beginners’ chase has several runners with the potential to go a long way over fences

The National Hunt season at Newbury gets under way with a relatively low-key card before the big Winter Carnival fixture in three weeks’ time, but there is still plenty to grab the attention of jumps fans and the beginners’ chase at 1.50 has several runners with the potential to go a long way over fences.

This race ended up as a match 12 months ago and Strong Pursuit, the winner, has not been seen since. The previous year’s winner, though, was Bigbadjohn, who went on to win the Reynoldstown at Ascot later on in the campaign and this field includes Lostintranslation, La Bague Au Roi and Thomas Campbell, who were all useful over hurdles while looking likely to be as good, if not better, going chasing.

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