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Saturday 15 June horse racing tips - It might be Wise to side with Cox's 11/4 chance at Sandown

Brian Healy 15 Jun 2019
Sandown is one of seven surviving fixtures on Saturday.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across each of Saturday's UK and Irish horse racing meetings.

A schedule of seven UK and Irish horse racing meetings goes to post on Saturday, and the day’s flat racing action comes from Bath, York, Sandown and Chester; while Hexham are racing over the sticks.

There is Listed action on both York and Sandown’s card, including the Scurry Stakes. There is also afternoon action in Ireland with Limerick racing on the level, and Downpatrick over the sticks.

Meanwhile, the loss of the meetings at both Worcester and Leicester robs Saturday of any evening racing action with both fixtures falling foul to the recent elements.

Bath (flat) - 1.45 - 5.20pm (7 races)
York (flat) - 1.50 - 5.15pm (7 races)
Sandown (flat) - 2.05 - 5.35pm (7 races)
Chester (flat) - 2.10 - 5.30pm (7 races)
Hexham (jumps) - 2.15 - 5.40pm (7 races)
Downpatrick (jumps) - 2.30 - 5.55pm (7 races)
Limerick (flat) - 2.50 - 6.15pm (7 races)



(2.20) STAR ALEXANDER (6/4, William Hill) was clearly thought capable of making a winning debut at Ascot last month with the Starspangledbanner filly sent off favourite.

Clive Cox’s charge came up sort on that occasion, finishing five lengths’ third behind a potentially smart sort in Final Song who was an impressive winner.

She wasn’t helped by making a tardy start, but she ought to have learned plenty for the experience and can do better this time around with that outing under his belt.

(3.30) POWER OF DARKNESS (7/4, Bet365) may just have found his second run of the campaign coming too soon at Newmarket last month, with the Power gelding finishing down the field behind Elector.

Marcus Tregoning’s charge was a dual-winner last term, scoring both runs at Salisbury which include a defeat of Wahash last June, getting up late.

He made a pleasing return to action at Newmarket in April when finding only Beringer too strong, and the fifth from that race has won since; however he took a backward step latest with that poor effort although the extra yardage might have been in his favour. 

Back at one mile, he could bounce back here having had more of a break and every chance he can get back to winning ways in a first-time hood.

1.45 - Filament Of Gold
2.20 - Star Alexander
2.55 - Khafooq
3.30 - Power Of Darkness
4.10 - Handytalk
4.45 - Lysander Belle
5.20 - Lieutenant Conde


(2.25) ALJADY (6/1, Bet365) won each of his first three career starts, scoring in soft ground as a juvenile at Redcar and then winning both his first two starts as a three-year old before running a respectable sixth of 18 runners behind Medahim at Goodwood.

Richard Fahey’s charge rounded off last campaign by finding only Tabdeed too strong at Ascot in October, and the Bated Breath gelding showed he had trained on when finishing well for third on his reappearance at this venue last month.

Beaten around four lengths into the bronze medal berth by Soldier’s Minute, he gave the impression that a longer trip might suit so this extra furlong should be in his favour given the way he kept on last time out. 

Likely also to strip fitter for that reappearance, he looks capable of winning from this mark and with proven winning form in soft ground he could go close here with the potential for better still to come.

(3.35) DAZZLING DAN (13/2, William Hill) has only once finished out of the frame in his six starts to date, and Pam Sly’s charge has chalked up two wins on the board which includes a soft ground victory at Doncaster last November where the Dandy Man gelding ran out a four lengths’ victor over Night Secret.

Runner-up on his return to action back at Doncaster in April, where he was denied only by a head behind Moraawed, he stepped up on that effort to get back to winning ways at Newmarket last month with a neck defeat of Dominus.

He appeared to win a shade readily that day, and so a 4lbs rise in the weights may not prove a sufficient enough barrier to further success given he has winning form in similar underfoot conditions.

Likely to still be going the right way, he may have better still to come and with the potential to improve further he gets the vote to strike again.

1.50 - Billy No Mates
2.25 - Aljady
3.00 - Mekong
3.35 - Dazzling Dan
4.05 - Black Caspian
4.40 - Kripke
5.15 - Music Society


(2.05) LEODIS DREAM (10/3, Paddy Power) is forgiven his latest effort which saw the Dandy Man gelding finish last of 19 at York last month, with David O’Meara’s charge having reportedly bled. Even if he hadn’t bled, he had immediately given himself an uphill task at the start having been slowly away.

He had proven to be a progressive sort prior to that disappointing run, winning five of his six previous outings which included in softer ground at Catterick last October so these slower conditions shouldn’t prove much of a hindrance.

He won a shade cosily at Chester two starts ago, beating Recon Mission by a half-length, and he is worth another chance as a past course and distance winner to show his York run to be a one-off blip; while an ability to handle the conditions is another bonus so it would come as no surprise to see him leave his last run behind with a much better performance now. 

(3.50) WISE COUNSEL (11/4, Paddy Power) rounded off last campaign with a win in softer ground at Haydock back in September, beating Angel Alexander, and Clive Cox’s charge returned from a break to post a creditable third of nine runners behind Finoah back there last weekend.

That was his first run in eight months, and he looked to be in need of the outing which will have brought him on a good deal. It was heavy ground that day, and he is entitled to improve for the outing although this is a quick turnaround and there is a chance that the run may come too soon.

However, if none the worse for recent exertions then he could prove hard to beat with a repeat, and his form from last term marks him out as the one to beat with the potential for better still to come from the Invincible Spirit colt.

Conditions are no problem, and he can get back on the scoresheet here.

2.05 - Leodis Dream
2.35 - Wiley Post
3.15 - Sawwaah
3.50 - Wise Counsel
4.25 - Mubariz
5.00 - Two Bids
5.35 - Diocletian


(2.40) GABRIAL THE ONE (9/1, Paddy Power) has a decent record on the Roodeye, making the frame in four of his six starts here, including when winning over this trip latest last month with a defeat of Never Do Nothing.

Richard Fahey’s charge ran out a three-parts of a length winner on that occasion, but he appeared to do the job a shade readily and a 4lbs rise in the weights may not prove enough of a barrier to further success.

The Zoffany gelding had also won at Pontefract last October over one mile, and he also placed in soft ground last term; while he ran fifth behind Sam Cooke over course and distance two starts ago in the mud.

He looks one who may have further progress to come, and with proven form in both the ground and over course and distance he ought to go well.

(3.45) ANGEL ALEXANDER (2/1, William Hill) is turned out quickly under a penalty just five days after scoring in a handicap at Windsor over the useful James Watt, and the Dark Angel gelding can follow up.

Tom Dascombe’s charge had finished runner-up on all three starts last term as a juvenile, and he looked in need of the reappearance effort at this venue in May behind Leodis Dream where he eventually finished eighth of the ten-strong field.

He proved all the better for the run with that last success, and if the even softer conditions don’t catch him out then he looks well up to striking again quickly while the iron is hot if the run doesn’t come too soon.

2.10 - Mrs Bouquet
2.40 - Gabrial The One
3.10 - Queen Penn
3.45 - Angel Alexander
4.20 - Dark Devil
4.55 - Turanga Leela
5.30 - Heart Of Soul


(3.20) Alan King has a strike race of 42% with runners at the Northumberland track, and FIDUX (Evens, Coral) can make a winning introduction to chasing here.

A smart hurdler last term, winning twice which included a soft ground Listed contest at Ascot, he went off the boil in the wake of that success; but he achieved a mark as high as 145 and if able to translate that level to fences then he should take plenty of beating.

Placed over this yardage in the past, the Fine Grain gelding perhaps might want better ground than this and the testing conditions are a slight concern taking on a more experienced chase rival in Notwhatiam in what should develop into a match between the pair.

However, he was better than Dan Skelton’s charge over hurdles, and he could well exert that same authority over the larger obstacles now.

(5.05) PRINCE DUNDEE (2/1, Bet365) has already struck twice over course and distance this year, and Lucinda Russell’s charge can get back on the scoresheet having been thwarted in his hat-trick attempt back here latest behind For Jim.

The Stowaway gelding was beaten eleven lengths on that occasion, but it was a stronger race than this and he was perhaps unsuited by several obstacles being omitted. He is forgiven the defeat, and he could well bounce back to winning ways here where he takes a slight ease in class.

Assuming the more testing ground doesn’t prove a hindrance then he can go close here.

2.15 - Kitty Fisher
2.45 - Some Day Soon
3.20 - Fidux
3.55 - Lord Wishes
4.30 - Tickenwolf
5.05 - Prince Dundee
5.40 - Wazowski


(4.00) TROSSACHS (3/1, Paddy Power) is bred to be a decent sort, and Jim Bolger’s charge has run with credit in a trio of starts thus far, improving with each run in the face of some stiff tasks.

The New Approach colt finished less than seven lengths’ fourth behind Sir Dragonet on his second run at Tipperary in April, and he built on that run to fill the same spot next time at Leopardstown. 

The runner-up and fourth horses home from that contest have both won since to boost the form, while his earlier Tipperary outing has also been significantly franked and he had the reopposing King Pellinor behind.

He looks sure to continue to progress, and every chance he can get off the mark here.

(5.45) MUJID (10/3, William Hill) stepped up on a solid debut effort at Gowran Park in April to impressively land the spoils next time out at Killarney, and Dermot Weld’s charge can take another forward step here.

He ran out a four lengths’ winner over Make A Challenge that day, scoring readily, and that runner-up has won since to give the form a boost. He is bred to be smart being by Frankel out of an Irish 1000 Guineas winner and there is every chance that she could have more to offer here with the potential for further improvement to come.

Switching to handicapping now, an opening mark of 87 doesn’t look unduly harsh on his two runs to date, and he could well be up to the task of exploiting a potentially lenient rating.

2.20 - Erlking
2.50 - Shore Step
3.25 - Piper Bomb
4.00 - Trossachs
4.35 - Jewel Maker
5.10 - Nisior Donn
5.45 - Mujid
6.15 - Globe theatre


(3.40) Not a lot of winning form to go on amongst these runners, so long-standing maiden DUKE’S GIRL (3/1, Paddy Power) is taken to shed her unfortunate tag at the 18th attempt.

Gordon Elliott’s charge also failed to win on the flat when trained by Michael Bell, but he proved fair in that discipline with several placed efforts. The Poet’s Voice mare has also managed to find the frame on a few occasions over timber for previous handler James Nash, and she has run well on both starts since joining the Elliott camp.

She was last seen finishing around eight lengths’ fourth behind Ocean Glandore at Kilbeggan earlier in the month, and a return to a less taxing distance could well see her get off the mark now if she can repeat that effort here.

(4.50) CREADAN GRAE (9/2, Ladbrokes) might have needed the return to action at Ballinrobe last month, where the Scorpion gelding finished fourth over hurdles behind Brogine.

Gordon Elliott’s charge goes back over fences now, and he remains an unexposed sort in this discipline where where he has had just three starts which includes a win at Perth last September where he ran out a ready winner over Fiddlers Bow.

Not so good next time at Hexham where the soft ground may not have helped, he could be worth chancing back over fences with better ground to contend with alongside a 3lbs drop in the weights; and likely to be sharper now with that recent hurdles spin under his belt he ought to go close here.

2.30 - Amor Verdarero
3.05 - A Place Apart
3.40 - Duke’s Girl
4.15 - Demi Plie
4.50 - Creadan Grae
5.25 - Allduckornodinner
5.55 - Santana Plessis

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Saturday 15 June horse racing tips - It might be Wise to side with Cox's 11/4 chance at Sandown

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