Best bets on Saturday 24 April – Tips for the day’s UK racing fixtures
Saturday racing tips and best bets 24 April
Another busy Saturday of horse racing action awaits punters with jumps and flat racing action across the UK. We’ve looked over all the day’s racing to pick out our best bets on Saturday.
There’s plenty of horse racing action taking place on Saturday across the UK with racing both over the sticks and on the flat. The ITV Racing cameras will be in action again with racing over jumps at Sandown for bet365 Day which marks the end of the 2020/21 National Hunt season.
There is also racing on the flat from the meetings at Leicester and Haydock, both of whom also contribute races to the Saturday ITV Racing schedule; and also Ripon and Doncaster are both racing on the flat.
Saturday’s fixture list is completed by an all-weather fixture on the tapeta at Wolverhampton in the evening and we’ve looked over the day’s racing action to pick out our best bets on Saturday.
BEST BETS ON SATURDAY – TIPS FOR THE DAY’S UK RACING FIXTURES
2:40 Ripon – Download The Free At The Races App Handicap Cl4 (3yo 0-85) 5f
BATRAAN has been in good form on the all-weather, winning at Southwell in January and resuming the winning trend at Nottingham earlier in the month under this rider.
Roger Varian’s charge had finished runner-up the time before at Wolverhampton when equipped with cheekpieces for the first time, beaten less than two lengths by Bert Kibbler who has run well again since although he wasn’t helped by missing the break.
He broke better latest where he raced prominently and found enough for pressure to prevail by a neck from Shalaa Asker who has run well since and there could be more to come from him with only a 3lbs rise to contend with.
3:05 Sandown – bet365 Celebration Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 1m7½f
It might be worth giving another chance to SCEAU ROYAL who was far from out of things and still travelling strongly in the Champion Chase when almost brought down on the bend running towards two out, giving up a lot of ground that he was unable to claw back.
Alan King’s charge however did rally well despite that mishap to snatch fifth where he was only around four lengths off the winner so that effort can be marked up. He’d won impressively the time before, seeing off Champ in the Game Spirit Chase and he could go close here despite having a little to find with the two principals.
He is 0-4 behind Altior but with that one likely going to need this and arguably not the force of old he can come out on top this time, while it remains to be seen whether he’d have been a challenger to Put The Kettle On at Cheltenham had he got a clear run. He was travelling every bit as well as that rival though and he’s a course and distance winner so should remain competitive here.
It wouldn’t be a huge surprise if he were to gain some compensation for his Cheltenham Festival mishap with a big performance here on ground that will certainly suit.
3:20 Leicester – Follow Us On Twitter @leicesterraces Handicap (Div II) Cl6 (4yo+ 0-60) 1m2f
CONTINGENCY FEE was a winner at Lingfield back in January although that came in a seller; but the Helmet gelding has posted a few solid runs in defeat since and has picked up a couple of bronze medals, the latest when finishing four lengths’ third to Compass Point at Southwell four days ago.
This is a quick turnaround for Phil McEntee’s charge but if he’s none the worse for recent exertions he could go close here dropping back to ten furlongs and having been eased 1lb in the weights.
The application of a visor could eke out a little more and Sylvestre De Sousa takes the reins so a big run wouldn’t come as a surprise in a fairly weak affair.
4:00 Haydock – Casumo Horseracing And Sports Betting Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-75) 1m
MENAI BRIDGE proved steadily progressive last term following his switch to handicapping, winning at Kempton with a defeat of Gordonstoun; however he failed to uphold that form next time, disappointing at Nottingham although he possibly found the soft ground against him.
Returning from a six months’ absence at Lingfield earlier in the month he got back to winning ways with a defeat of Sayifyouwill where he scored readily and a subsequent 4lbs rise for that success could prove lenient.
Quicker ground will suit on his return to turf and he’s open to further improvement so ought to be in the mix here and he can follow up his recent success.
4:15 Sandown – bet365 Select Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m5½f
CALL ME LORD’s form figures this term don’t make for great reading on the face of things and the Slickly gelding is winless since getting the better of Ballyandy in last season’s International Hurdle.
However Nicky Henderson’s charge has continued to operate at a high level and he wasn’t disgraced earlier this month when finishing fifth behind Thyme Hill at Aintree during the Grand National Festival, beaten around eleven lengths.
He possibly just found his stamina stretched over that longer trip and he could do better back over this less testing distance at a venue he has a very good record at. Three wins and three places from six career starts at this venue include this race in 2018 and with the ground no issue he should give a good account where he could resume winning ways.
4:25 Ripon – Ripon Silver Sprint Trophy Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 6f
MR LUPTON held his form quite well in high-end handicaps last term, making the frame in the Great St Wilfred over this course and distance and winning a valuable prize at the Curragh in September before finishing a good third under a penalty in the Ayr Gold Cup.
Possibly unsuited by proper soft ground at York on his final outing of the season he ought to strip fitter for his recent return at Doncaster last month where he shaped well for some distance and that form is strong with the fourth winning twice since including a Group Three.
He’s 1lb lower here and has Connor Murtagh up whose 3lbs claim adds further strength to his chances with quick ground no issue. Richard Fahey’s charge can go close then in this small field affair where he should get a strong pace to aim at.
5:55 Doncaster – Andrews Wedding Day Celebration Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-90) 1m2f
FIEROSPEED arrives here in search of a hat-trick and Richard Hannon’s charge can collect.
The Zoffany colt has progressed well from his debut season, finishing a head runner-up behind Starfighter on his reappearance at Wolverhampton in March but beating the same rival next time at the same venue.
There was better to come when he stepped up to this class to beat Classical Wave by a neck at Lingfield over this trip and he could still hold a couple of secrets from the handicapper who has raised him just 2lbs in the weights as he returns to turf.
The narrow margins of victory might be masking the relative ease of those victories and he can improve again to land the three-timer here with Ryan Moore booked for the ride.
6:15 Wolverhampton – Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-70) 1m1½f
SPIRIT OF ROWDON was in good form on the all-weather last term with three wins towards the end of the year and he has continued in decent fettle this campaign, getting back to winning ways after a trio of placed efforts when successful here last month following a short break.
Mark Usher’s Charm Spirit gelding struck by a head on that occasion from Headora, getting up close home and that race has since thrown up a subsequent winner. He’s only been raised 3lbs for that success and there could still be more to come from him given he’s relatively low-mileage for a seven-year old.
He has three wins and two efforts in the frame from six course and distance starts so clearly goes well at this venue and he ought to make his presence felt again.