Best racing tips on Saturday 31 October – Tips for Wetherby, Ascot, Ayr, Newmarket and Wolverhampton
Five meetings head to post for Saturday’s fixture list of horse racing action featuring some top-class jumps racing across the UK. We’ve looked over the day’s racing and pick out our best racing tips on Saturday 31 October.
A cracking line-up of horse racing action awaits punters on Saturday where five meetings head to post across the UK featuring some top-class racing including the Grade Two Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby and the Grade Three Sodexo Gold Cup at Ascot.
Also going to post over the sticks is a fixture at Ayr; while Newmarket race on the flat on turf and Wolverhampton race under the floodlights on their all-weather surface on Saturday evening.
We’ve looked over each of the day’s fixtures and pick out our best racing tips on Saturday across the UK.
BEST RACING TIPS ON SATURDAY 31 OCTOBER – TIPS FOR WETHERBY, ASCOT, AYR, NEWMARKET & WOLVERHAMPTON
2:05 Newmarket – British Stallion Studs EBF Montrose Fillies’ Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 1m
MYSTERY ANGEL has improved with each start, winning twice which includes over seven furlongs here in September prior to posting a good third of eight runners over ten furlongs at this venue earlier in the month when contesting the Group Three Zetland Stakes.
George Boughey’s charge was possibly just stretched by the longer trip on that occasion but the Kodi Bear filly went close to a return to winning ways at Pontefract on her last outing where she was beaten a neck behind Pythagoras and she might be able to go one better here.
Proven in the mud the booking of Frankie Dettori catches the eye and a bold show wouldn’t come as a surprise in this Listed contest given she remains open to further improvement.
2:17 Ayr – Ayr Racecourse Sunday Market Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (3yo+ 0-140) 3m½f
HIGHLAND HUNTER won here back in 2018 when trained by Lucinda Russell and the Subtle Power gelding can repeat the feat on his third start for Paul Nicholls.
He followed up his success here with victory at Hexham before taking on stronger company and he wasn’t disgraced on his final run for the Kinross handler when finishing fifth to subsequent Stayers’ Hurdle winner Lisnagar Oscar at Haydock last February in the Prestige Novices’s Hurdle at Haydock.
Still relatively lightly raced he has had wind surgery since last being seen winning at Musselburgh in February and there could be more to come from the Ditcheat runner who makes another seasonal return where he has a decent record when returning from a break having won twice on the back of absences of more than 250 days.
Representing a top and in-form yard, he is proven in the mud and he ought to go well here with the potential for better still to come given his profile.
2:45 Wetherby – bet365 Hurdle (Grade 2) (Registered As The West Yorkshire Hurdle) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m
Fitness for most of these needs to be taken on trust but a chance is taken on COPPERHEAD who went from strength to strength last term over fences with a trio of successes which included the Reynoldstown Chase prior to falling in the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival although he was beaten when coming down.
Colin Tizzard’s rising star had enced the 2018/19 season over hurdles with a brace of wins at Exeter and Sandown respectively before stepping up in trip over fences last campaign and he could go well reverting to hurdles for his return to action.
There is a slight worry that the Sulamani gelding will need this first run and he’s been well-beaten on his seasonal debut in each of the last two seasons; but fitness could be an issue for most of his rivals also and having looked a strong stayer over fences last term he can make his presence felt if fully tuned up.
3:05 Ascot – Sodexo Handicap Hurdle (Listed Race) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m7½f
VALTOR has won each of his last two seasonal debuts and Nicky Henderson’s charge could be worth chancing to get off the mark again on his first run of the campaign.
The veteran has been lightly raced since joining this yard from France, winning a Listed course and distance contest on his first run for the Seven Barrows maestro following seven months off the track although he struggled to back up that win in two subsequent outings although those runs did come in the Cotswold Chase behind Frodon and in the Aintree Grand National last April.
He returned last season from eight months off with a success over hurdles before failing to fire in the Bristol Novices’ Hurdle after which he returned to chasing. Third in the Taunton Portman Cup behind Yala Enki he found only Ballyoptic too good over course and distance when last seen.
Racing from the same mark on his return to action his record fresh affords him respect and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him exploit this rating with a big run.
7:30 Wolverhampton – Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-65) 1m4f
LADY ELYSIA has found some improvement following her move from Harry Dunlop to Eve Johnson Houghton, winning three times on turf and proving that all-weather surfaces hold no fears when finding only one too good latest over this course and distance.
The Champs Elysees filly was chasing a hat-trick of wins following a brace of victories at Bath and she wasn’t seen to best effect latest when caught further back than ideal although she ran on well for second.
She’s been given a breather since and returns only 2lbs higher in the weights, while she has a 3lbs pull with International Law who beat her in that last run. On these terms she can reverse that form to resume winning ways.