Best bets for Saturday – Top tips for the day’s horse racing meetings

We give our best bets for Saturday racing across the UK where four meetings take place.

More top class UK horse racing action goes to post on Saturday with a quartet of fixtures for punters to take in which includes the culmination of the July Festival meeting at Newmarket where the Group One July Cup takes centre stage.

Elsewhere, Ascot hosts the Group Two Summer Mile Stakes; while there is also racing from Salisbury and Newcastle on their all-weather surface in the evening.

We’ve looked over the four Saturday fixtures going to post and after a winning NAP on Friday we’re chasing further success with our best bets for Saturday with a selection at each meeting.


1:50 Newmarket – bet365 Mile Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-100) 1m

FINEST SOUND has taken his form up a level since having undergone a breathing operation and being fitted with a tongue-tie, making an impressive winning reappearance at Haydock with a five lengths’ defeat of Silver Samurai and then stepping up on that effort to find only the well-handicapped Khaloosy too good when racing under a penalty in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Simon Crisford’s charge was beaten around four lengths at Ascot, but he had pulled a similar distance clear of the third. The soft ground that day proved no issue so these conditions will be of little consequence to the Exceed and Excel gelding who has to defy his new mark in this latest outing.

However, given his performance last time suggested that he likely has more to offer he can continue to progress and this doesn’t look as strong a contest. He’s unlikely to come up against a rival of the calibre of his last-time conquerer here and still unexposed he ought to go well.

2:40 Ascot – “Play Nifty Fifty Exclusively At Betfred” Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m4f

CELESTRAN possibly didn’t handle the track at Goodwood when finishing third in the recent Listed Cocked Hat Stakes, but John Gosden’s charge is taken to quickly bounce back to winning ways.

The Dansili colt built on a promising debut run at Newmarket last November and he showed the benefit of that experience to run out an impressive victor on his next start at Wolverhampton. That form has worked out and he subsequently made a winning return at Yarmouth in June before his Goodwood outing.

That form looks much stronger now given the winner went on to finish runner-up in the Epsom Derby and now back in the handicap ranks he can exploit his 88 rating to get back on the scoresheet. He displayed a high head-carriage at Goodwood so blinkers are now deployed and the headgear might help better focus his energies and eke out some improvement so it would come as no surprise to see him run well here.

Celestran rates as one of our best bets for Saturday and features in our TV tips on ITV Racing.

6:30 Newcastle – Sky Sports Racing HD Virgin 535 Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-62) 6f

DEVIL’S ANGEL has rattled the crossbar the last twice on turf, latterly finishing just over one length runner-up behind Dodgy Bob at Hamilton; but the Dark Angel gelding is a previous course winner and he could be worth chancing to get back on the winning trail returned to this venue.

Jedd O’Keeffe’s charge remains low-mileage and is only 1lb higher in the weights for this assignment following his brace of near-misses in his recent runs. He arrives here in arguably the best form of this field of rivals and he probably wouldn’t need to improve much to collect this prize.

Well-drawn, Megan Nicholls’ 3lbs claim is a valuable plus to his chances and if continuing in similar vein to his recent runs then he ought to be in the thick of things once more and he can resume winning ways.

7:15 Salisbury – Racing TV Profits Returned To Racing Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 1m6f

MOURIYANI has won three of his last four starts, latterly scoring on his reappearance at Goodwood following a three-month break and the City Zip gelding can follow up.

Tom Ward’s charge had won at Kempton and Wolverhampton prior to the shut-down which included over this trip and also two miles so there’s no doubting his stamina; while he showed enough speed to win over shorter latest when beating Verify by one length.

The third horse home from that race has won since and while he has more to do to defy a 5lbs rise in the weights he looks worth sticking with to keep his run of winning form going back up in trip and in a competitive contest for the grade.