Virgin Bet are lead sponsors for Newbury's eight-race Saturday flat card
Virgin Bet are lead sponsors for Newbury's eight-race Saturday flat card

Virgin Bet are title sponsors of Saturday’s eight-race card from Newbury as the Berkshire venue hosts its final flat meeting of the 2021 season. 

The action gets under way at 1.25pm, featuring two tasty Group Three contests which feature on a jam-packed ITV4 schedule.

With racegoers set to be treated to Oktoberfest festivities on-course, we pick out four horses that can leave punters raising their glasses in celebration.

2pm — Virgin Bet Horris Hill Stakes (7f)

The first Group Three affair looks set to have a warm favourite in Godolphin runner Noble Truth, with Charlie Appleby’s runner boasting the standout form in the race.

Beaten by less than a length in Group One company over in France at the start of this month, the Kingman colt certainly sets the standard but faces an intriguing opponent in LIGHT INFANTRY.

David Simcock’s runner is thrown in with decent company after strolling to an effortless debut success at Yarmouth last month and is clearly impressing at home — market support would certainly look significant for his chances here.

2.35pm - Virgin Bet St Simon Stakes (1m 4f)

Charlie Appleby looks to hold a strong chance in the 2.35pm with Siskany
Charlie Appleby looks to hold a strong chance in the 2.35pm with Siskany

Max Vega ran very credibly in this year’s Ebor, denied a clear run when eventually finishing fifth before disappointing at Newmarket over a longer trip when the ground may well have turned against him.

Meanwhile, Ilaraab racked up a six-timer earlier in his career which included a win at this track but has failed to land the spoils on any of his last four appearances, registering solid placed efforts in Group Three company twice in the last month however.

Both hold genuine chances but will have to go some to pin back SISKANY, who impressively won the Old Rowley Cup last time out at Newmarket and has form on soft ground — Charlie Appleby’s three-year-old may prove simply too good for his rivals.

3.10pm — Radley Stakes (7f)

An open-looking Listed affair for two-year-old fillies can go the way of the David Evans-trained BREEZE EASY, who bounced back to form last time out at York.

Having scooted home impressively over 6f to land a novice affair at Carlisle in August with something in hand, a subsequent trip across the Irish Sea didn’t go quite to plan when fading out tamely at Leopardstown.

That run can be forgiven though after her encouraging third to Canonised last time out on the Knavesmire, with a repeat performance here likely to place her bang in contention.

5.25pm — Virgin Bet Amateur Jockeys’ Handicap

David Pipe has a strong chance in the last race with Seventeen O Four
David Pipe has a strong chance in the last race with Seventeen O Four

Newbury’s final flat race of the campaign will see the amateur race riders doing the steering — and several runners will fancy their chances of landing the spoils.

Six-year-old Das Kapital was coaxed to victory by the capable Amy Collier at Haydock in August and the pair are reunited here with decent claims, while Simon Weaver also looks to guide Lady Isabel to a second seasonal success after scoring at Brighton.

However, mud lover SEVENTEEN O FOUR should get his conditions here and has a great chance to land an admirable hat-trick on his first start since being picked up by shrewd operator David Pipe.

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