Final statements include Clan Des Obeaux and Bravemansgame for Super Saturday at Newbury

Paul Nicholls is aiming to get out of a form slump by releasing some of his stable stars at Newbury on Saturday.

The clan leads Denman five

Featured attraction is a four-time first-year winner Clan Des Obeaux in the Betfair Denman Chase, where he faces four rivals in the sophomore contest at 2.25.

The impressive winner of Venetia Williams’ Peter Marsh Handicap Chase, Royal Mayhemleads the opposition, while Kim Bailey Imperial Aura trying to get back on track after failing in his last four starts.

Colin Tizzard El Dorado Allen steps up its journey to a distance approaching three miles for the first time, as Emma Lavelle leads the former Ladbrokes Trophy winner Rasher Counter for the first time in 489 days.

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Can Hitman defeat his rivals?

In the Betfair Exchange Game Spirit Chase at 3:00 a.m., Nicholls fires another big gun into Hitmanwho has been a runner-up in both of his starts this campaign.

Second to the aforementioned Eldorado Allen at Exeter in the Haldon Gold Cup, he held the same position in Grade One Tingle Creek at Sandown and gets 6lbs from his market rival. Royal Seal here.

Alan King’s horse was a convincing winner of this contest last year and returns to the hunt for the first time since last season after four wooden starts this campaign.

Sivole tightrope walker and Gite Editor are interesting out of the disability business, while Jonjo O’Neill sky pirate complete the field of five.

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Nicholls takes the Brave route

Nicholls also leads an undefeated novice fighter bravemansgame in the opening Betfair Cheltenham Roarcast Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase off a mark of 159.

The seven-year-old won the Grade One Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton last time out at Christmas, a form that was cleared by runner-up Ahoy Senor at Wetherby last weekend.

He faces five rivals with grumpy charley and Fancy Patties the only two other rivals in the handicap proper.

fern hill (-4lb), Gallyhill (-7lb) and IK Brunel (-10lb) all run from the weights.

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Final field of 14 in the Betfair Hurdle

In the Betfair Hurdle at 3:35, Nicholls executes the well-thought-out Knappers Hill who was third behind Jonbon at Ascot last time out.

He’s not the market leader, however, as Jonbon’s teammate and co-owner Broomfield Castle contests favoritism at around 9/2, with Colin Tizzard A Jpr.

Last year’s double Dazzling Glory and fifty ballare also important in the market.

Harry Fry released Metier but short boot hillwhile Tolworth second Istar is an interesting runner for Ryan Potter with 14 sets to send for the £155,000 contest.

Betfair Hurdle – sponsor bets: 9/2 JPR One, 5/1 Broomfield Burg, 6/1 Knappers Hill, 13/2 Soaring Glory, 8/1 Boothill, 9/1 Tritonic, Fifty Ball, 10/1 Jetoile, I like to move it, 14/ 1 First Street, 20/1 United Kingdom, 22/1 Glory And Fortune, 40/1 Howdyalikemenow, 50/1 Lord Baddesley

(1/5 4-seater rating)

Betfair spokesman Barry Orr said: “A big mover in recent days has been the horse that was second to Soaring Glory in the race last year, Fifty Ball. He is running the same mark as when he was second and was supported from 16/1 to 9/1.

“That said, JPR One is strong in the lead betting at 9/2, while Jetoile has been a bit weak and is now out at 10/1.”

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