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Saturday's Group Three races tips - Lucky 31 bet covering Saturday's feature races at Newbury and Naas

Brian Healy 13 Apr 2019
Newbury host three Group Three contests on Saturday.

Brian Healy picks out his best bets across Saturday's Group Three flat racing action from Naas and Newbury and combines his selections into a Lucky 31 bet.

There is some cracking Group Three horse racing action going to post across the UK and Ireland, and the Greenham Stakes takes centre stage on a racecard at Newbury which also features the John Porter Stakes and Fred Darling Stakes.

Meanwhile, in Ireland at Naas the latest renewal of the Gladness Stakes joins the feature Alleged Stakes on the card at the County Kildare track.

1:40 Newbury - Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes (Registered As The John Porter Stakes) (Group 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m4f
2:10 Newbury - Dubai Duty Free Stakes (Registered As The Fred Darling Stakes) (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 7f
2:40 Newbury - Watership Down Stud Greenham Stakes (Group 3) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (3yo) 7f
4:00 Naas - Gladness Stakes (Group 3) (3yo+) 7f
4:35 Naas - Alleged Stakes (Group 3) (4yo+) 1m2f

Brian Healy has assessed all five races, and he puts his picks for each of Saturday’s five Group Three highlights into a potentially lucrative Lucky 31 which could give the bookies a bloody nose on Saturday.

1:40 Newbury - Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes (Registered As The John Porter Stakes) (Group 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m4f


This contest could turn out to be a duel between high-class pair Defoe and YOUNG RASCAL (9/4, Bet365) with Wiliam Haggas’ charge taken to come out on top.

The Intello colt tasted defeat just one last term, which came at Epsom in the Derby where he appeared ill at ease on the cambers at the Surrey track. This venue however is a whole different story, and the four-year old is 3-3 in his starts here.

A maiden winner at this venue on just his second outing, he produced a taking performance next time to win the Chester Vase prior to his Epsom disappointment.

Subsequently absent for almost four months, he has won both starts since - both here - with victories in the Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup, and latterly the St Simon Stakes where he dead-heated with Morando where he was joined on the line by Andrew Balding’s charge.

He could well improve again this year, and he looks a Group One performer in the making. While at the weights he does need to find some progress against Roger Varian’s rival - he gives 3lbs despite being rated 1lb below Defoe - he remains open to plenty of progress and he can make a winning return here.

2:10 Newbury - Dubai Duty Free Stakes (Registered As The Fred Darling Stakes) (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 7f


Ralph Beckett has a decent record in this contest, and his DANCING VEGA (5/2, Bet365) can enhance the impression she left when sluicing to victory on her sole start last term when easily winning a strong Doncaster contest.

The Lope De Vega filly brushed aside subsequent Listed winner Blue Gardenia by four lengths, always travelling strongly and cruising clear when sent to win the race by Harry Bentley. It was hard not to have been impressed by that performance, and there is surely better to come from here as a three-year old.

A drop to seven furlongs shouldn’t prove a concern with a likely strong pace to aim at for Beckett’s charge who should get a nice tow into the contest; and she showed an excellent turn of foot on Town Moor.

Entries in both the 1000 Guineas and Epsom Oaks reinforce the impression that she is potentially very smart, and with the promise of better to come she can take the rise in class on her return to action in her stride to get her campaign off to a winning start.

2:40 Newbury - Watership Down Stud Greenham Stakes (Group 3) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (3yo) 7f


The defection of Too Darn Hot from this race earlier in the week blew the field apart, and in an open renewal it could pay to side with Marcus Tregoning’s MOHAATHER (9/2, Bet365) who went 2-3 last term and has course and distance winning form on his side.

The Showcasing colt stepped up on a promising debut here when finding only one too good behind Breath Of Air back in September to strike next time at Nottingham; and he improved again to see off Azano to readily win the Horris Hill Stakes over course and distance when last sighted.

The outsider of the field that day, he was impressive with the step up in trip looking to be a catalyst for improvement, and he readily landed the spoils from a field which included a next-time Listed winner.

While that bare form is questionable, there can be no denying he improved markedly for the extra yardage, and likely to have more improvement to come he ought to post a big run on his reappearance if fully wound up for this assignment.

4:00 Naas - Gladness Stakes (Group 3) (3yo+) 7f


LE BRIVIDO (7/4, Bet365) was a high-class performer in France for Andre Fabre, winning three of his four starts which included the Group Three Jersey Stakes back in 2017 where he saw off fellow high-class performer Spirit Of Valour having previously chased home Brametot in that season’s Essai Poulins.

Absent subsequently for ten months, he probably needed the run when beating only two home behind Brando in the Abernant Stakes. He presumedly had some problems last term given he was restricted to just that sole start.

He has however left Andre Fabre and pitched up at Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle operation, and the switch to the master Irish handler could reap rich rewards for the Siyouni horse who could well have better still to come given he remains a very lightly-raced and unexposed sort.

It could be worth chancing his fitness on his return from almost one year off the track, and if fully tuned up for this return to action under the Ballydoyle maestro then he could go close to getting back to winning ways.

4:35 Naas - Alleged Stakes (Group 3) (4yo+) 1m2f


This prize looks ripe for MAGICAL (11/8, Bet365) who can make a winning return to action in this Group Three contest.

Aidan O’Brien’s charge won twice last term, scoring at the Curragh when winning the Group Two Kilboy Estate Stakes, after which the drop to one mile behind Laurens in the Matron Stakes might not have seen the Galileo filly able to produce her best.

Subsequently disappointing in the Arc behind Enable, finishing tenth, she got back on the scoresheet with an impressive defeat of Coronet in the Champion Fillies & Mares’ Stakes on Champions Day at Ascot, scoring easier than the one length winning margin suggests.

Her final start came when sent to the United States for a crack at the Breeders’ Cup Turf where she was denied only by three-parts of a length behind Enable, with the pair clear of the rest. That run sets a stiff standard on form, and if she were able to run to a similar level then she would surely prove hard to beat here.

Softer ground is ideal, with three of her career wins coming in similar conditions to those she’ll experience here, and she looks the clear pick at the weights given her form last term.


SATURDAY 13 APRIL HORSE RACING TIPS - GROUP THREE LUCKY 31


1:40 Newbury - YOUNG RASCAL (9/4, Bet365)

2:10 Newbury - DANCING VEGA (5/2, Bet365)

2:40 Newbury - MOHAATHER (9/2, Bet365)

4:00 Naas - LE BRIVIDO (7/4, Bet365)

4:35 Naas - MAGICAL (11/8, Bet365)


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Saturday's Group Three races tips - Lucky 31 bet covering Saturday's feature races at Newbury and Naas

Brian Healy picks out his best bets across Saturday's Group Three flat racing action from Naas and Newbury and combines his selections into a Lucky 31 bet.

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