Best bets on Saturday – Tips for the day’s UK horse racing action
Best bets on Saturday 9 January
We pick out our best bets on Saturday as we look over the day’s UK horse racing action over the sticks and on the all-weather.
Assuming the current cold conditions don’t have any further say in proceedings then Saturday promises to be a cracker with some top class racing action around the UK.
All three turf racing cards over the sticks are subject to morning inspections in order to take place, but assuming the green light is given we can look forward to jumps racing from Kempton, Chepstow and Wincanton; while on the all-weather there are meetings taking place at Lingfield and Chelmsford.
The Lanzarote Hurdle is the feature of the Kempton card, while at Chepstow the rearranged Welsh Grand National takes centre-stage. At Wincanton meanwhile there is Grade Two action with the rearranged Dipper Novices’ Chase taking place.
The best of the day’s action will be shown on ITV Racing on Saturday and we’ve picked out our best bets on Saturday at each of the day’s fixtures taking place.
BEST BETS ON SATURDAY 9 JANUARY – TIPS FOR THE DAY’S UK HORSE RACING MEETINGS
12:00 Lingfield – Get Your Ladbrokes Daily Odds Boost Novice Median Auction Stakes Cl6 (3yo) 1m
Twice-raced WHO CARES WINS stepped up on a fair debut over this trip at Chelmsford in November to finish a close third back over that course and distance the following month and the Hallowed Crown filly can get off the mark now.
Alan King’s charge was only beaten one length on the latter occasion where he perhaps made his effort earlier than ideal as he flattened out close home; but she could continue to progress further and that last race looked competitive.
Hollie Doyle takes over in the saddle which is a plus and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the pair combine for the win here.
12:17 Chepstow – Watch Racing For Free At Coral Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+) 2m3½f
MY WAY can get back to winning ways having got off the mark over the smaller obstacles at Stratford in October prior to switching back to chasing.
Paul Nicholls’ charge has ran better than his bare form figures might suggest in chase starts at Wincanton and Sandown latest, but he might appreciate being dropped back in trip for this latest outing while Bryony Frost returns to the saddle having partnered the Martaline gelding to his last win.
He’s 1lb out of the weights here and while yet to open his chase win account he’s shown enough to suggest he’s up to winning over the larger obstacles and a repeat of his Badger Beers Chase fourth at Wincanton two starts ago would likely put him firmly in the mix.
12:25 Wincanton – Download The MansionBet App Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 1m7½f
GINGER DU VAL is an interesting debutante for Nigel Twiston-Davies and the Rail Link mare could make her presence felt on her first outing for this yard having arrived from France.
She was a multiple winner in bumpers for Gabriel Leenders as well as find only one too good in a Grade Three bumper so she’s not without ability and the yard often does well with its’ French imports so a big run could be forthcoming on her debut on these shores.
This doesn’t look the strongest of introductions and with some smart French bumper form to her name she’s expected to go well here.
12:35 Kempton – Play Ladbrokes 1-2-Free On Football Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl3 (4yo+) 3m½f
Progressive BOBHOPEORNOHOPE won for this column at Doncaster when last seen back in November and Kim Bailey’s charge can continue to improve.
The Westerner gelding has won between the flags and although beaten in both starts in bumpers he is 2-2 over timber having also won on his hurdles debut at Exeter where he beat Ask A Honey Bee by two lengths.
His latest outing saw him grind out victory by a similar margin over Santon and that race has since thrown up a couple of winners. He found plenty for pressure that day hinting that he’d appreciate this stiffer test and the step up in trip could unlock further improvement assuming the softer ground doesn’t catch him out.
1:40 Lingfield – Betway Casino Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 1m4f
SHEILA has been steadily progressive on the all-weather, scoring at Chelmsford over ten furlongs in September and then not beaten far into third when attempting to follow up back there in October.
Hugo Palmer’s Australia filly latterly showed no issues with this venue when last seen, beaten a nose behind Marion’s Boy where she was run down close home. That form is standing up and she can make her presence felt again from just 2lbs higher with Jim Crowley taking over in the saddle.
This step up in trip ought to suit and she’s less exposed than most of these rivals. She also meets her last-time conquerer on slightly better terms so the result could be different this time around.
1:58 Chepstow – Coral Supporting Prostate Cancer Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (5yo+) 2m7½f
ASK ME EARLY shaped promisingly in a pair of hurdles starts either side of an absence, finishing third here on his hurdles debut back in January last year and then possibly just needing the run on his reappearance at Ffos Las.
A winner between the flags in Ireland chasing was always likely to be his game and Harry Fry’s Ask gelding made a successful switch to chasing over this course and distance in December where he ran out a five lengths’ victor over Lord Napier.
He kept on well to land that success and there’s likely better to come from him as he gains experience, while the form has since been franked by the third horse home winning next time.
A 6lbs rise in the weights for that win looks workable and representing a yard in good heart at present he can deliver a second successive win here.
3:40 Chelmsford – betfred.com Fred’s Number Game Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-75) 1m2f
BAD ATTITUDE is thriving at present, winning his last two which sees the Canford Cliffs gelding chasing a hat-trick here and Luke McJannet’s charge can deliver.
Also a winner here back in March he’s progressed steadily this term since returning to the all-weather following a break, adding to his tally over course and distance and at Wolverhampton latest when stepped up to twelve furlongs.
He scored the latter under a penalty, running out a comfortable winner from On The Right Track and the drop back in trip is unlikely to pose any issue despite being 5lbs higher this time around.
He’s worn cheekpieces for both of those wins and the headgear is retained today; and assuming the headgear has a positive effect again and still with the potential for better and arriving at the top of his game he ought to continue to make his presence felt here and he can land his three-timer.