Horse racing best bets for Saturday – Tips for the day’s UK flat and jumps racing fixtures

Horse racing best bets for Saturday. Doncaster features amongst the day's meetings.Horse racing best bets for Saturday. Doncaster features amongst the day's meetings.

Horse racing best bets for Saturday ‘s fixtures

Some top-class horse racing action goes to post throughout the day with the season’s final Group One race and day two of the Showcase Meeting among the day’s features. Our tipping team has picked out their horse racing best bets for Saturday and tips for every meeting.

Another round of UK horse racing action goes to post on Saturday where five meetings will unfold across the day on the flat and over the sticks with a total of 39 races in all taking place throughout the day.

The afternoon jumps racing comes from Kelso and Cheltenham where the second day of the Showcase Meeting takes place; while on on the flat the season’s final Group One race, the Vertem Futurity Trophy takes centre stage of the proceedings at Doncaster and joins Newbury on the afternoon fixture list on the level which hosts Group Three action.

Completing the Saturday line-up is an evening all-weather card on the polytrack at Chelmsford and our tipping team pick out their horse racing best bets for Saturday.


2:35 Newbury – Virgin Bet St Simon Stakes (Registered As The St Simon Stakes) (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4f

SISKANY is likely to be hard to beat here and the progressive Dubawi gelding can continue his upward curve to register another win.

Charlie Appleby’s charge is a three-time winner this term which includes in soft ground at Sandown back in May and he proved the mud to be no issue over this longer trip when finding only the smart Nagano too good at Goodwood in July.

Having returned from a break with a comprehensive defeat of Farhan when last seen he steps up in grade now into Pattern company and likely to have more to offer he ought to prove a tough nut to crack if the heavy ground doesn’t prove an issue although he’s proven on soft.

While this is harder he should make his presence felt and no surprise if the Godolphin runner were to go in again.

Horse racing best bets for Saturday. Siskany can win again with success at Newbury.

Horse racing best bets for Saturday. Siskany can win again with success at Newbury.

2:44 Kelso – Clifford, Martin & Sarah Firth Memorial Novices’ Handicap Chase Cl5 (4yo+ 0-105) 2m7½f

Ben Pauling sends LIFEISAHIGHWAY north to the Borders track and the decision could pay dividends with the Court Cave gelding potentially progressive now tackling fences.

A decent performer between the flats in Ireland, finishing runner-up to smart Escaria Ten among his efforts he posted his best effort to date over hurdles when chasing home Shady Character at Southwell in March and now steps out for his seasonal return over fences where he could feature on a handy mark.

He’s built for this game and with point-to-point experience to call up on he could go well here.

2:55 Cheltenham – Masterson Holdings Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo) 2m½f

Tritonic may not have handled the track when disappointing in the Triumph Hurdle but remains with potential; however STEPNEY CAUSEWAY went from strength to strength over hurdles last term, winning four times and Dan Skelton’s charge can continue his progress.

The New Approach gelding was firmly brushed aside by Tritonic when making his hurdles debut at Ascot in January, perhaps not suited by the softer ground, and he’s won all four starts since on better ground including wide margin victories at Stratford and Ayr when last seen.

This is tougher but he’s had a wind operation since that last outing and he could progress again this season. He’s likely to get his own way up front in this contest and his wind operation might unlock another level of improvement so every chance he can continue where he left off in receipt of 8lbs from Alan King’s charge.

Horse racing best bets for Saturday. Dan and Harry Skelton can combine for a winner on the Cheltenham card.

Horse racing best bets for Saturday. Dan and Harry Skelton can combine for a winner on the Cheltenham card.

3:15 Doncaster – Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes (Group 1) (No Geldings) Cl1 (2yo) 1m

Luxembourg could hand Aidan O’Brien another win in this race but it might be worth taking him on with BAYSIDE BOY who proved himself a smart sort with a very good third in the recent Dewhurst Stakes, running on well having missed the break and arguably not seen to best effect.

Roger Varian’s charge will bid to emulate the yard’s 2013 winner Kingston Hill and the New Bay colt is already a course winner having taken the Champagne Stakes here in September where he showed softer ground to be no issue when beating Reach For The Moon.

He got up late there and that run allied with his latest Newmarket performance suggest he’ll be well served by this longer trip so there’s every chance of improvement to come stepping up to one mile; while the softer ground shouldn’t be too much of an issue with his sire having won on heavy ground in France.

A repeat of his Dewhurst performance – assuming he breaks better – should put him firmly in the mix here and he can go close.

3:19 Kelso – Edinburgh Gin Chase (A Limited Handicap) (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 3m2f

VINTAGE CLOUDS can return to action with a win and the Cheltenham Festival winner showed he was no back number when storming to victory in the Ultima Chase back in March.

Sue Smith’s veteran showed improved form following wind surgery to finish third here in February in this race before posting that Cheltenham victory where first-time cheekpieces helped the bold jumping front-runner return to winning form.

He has a decent record when fresh, twice winning on seasonal debut and despite being 5lbs higher here than at Cheltenham he has been competitive in the past from similar marks so another big performance wouldn’t come as a surprise here assuming he’s fully wound up ahead of his return.

Horse racing best bets for Saturday. Vintage Clouds (left) can return to action with a Kelso win.

Horse racing best bets for Saturday. Vintage Clouds (left) can return to action with a Kelso win.

3:50 Doncaster – Virgin Bet Doncaster Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 6f

FLAMING RIB is thriving and if handling the likely softer ground Tom Dascombe’s charge could be hard to stop from adding another win to his tally.

The Ribchester colt has won his last three starts in good fashion – all under this rider – and he ran out an easy winner of a Chester handicap latest, beating Navello by three lengths and there could be more to come from him despite this being a step up in grade.

He was a winner on good-to-soft ground at Nottingham in May and finished only a half-length third to Robasta at Ascot in July in similar conditions so there’s hope he’ll handle the softer ground here; while his sire did win two Group Ones in the mud so he looks worth chancing he’ll find no issues with the ground.

3-3 under this rider the pair can combine again for another success and no surprise if he comes out on top again stepping up in class.

7:00 Chelmsford – Chelmsford City Supporting Racing Staff Week Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 6f

ARAIFJAN can get back to winning ways here and the Kyllachy gelding should make his presence felt back at this venue where he has a fair record.

Robert Cowell’s charge won over this course and distance back in April and resumed winning ways dropped to the minimum trip on turf at Yarmouth last month, beating Invincible Larne. His form inbetween had been patchy, but he ran well back here latest behind Cooperation and off the same mark he can remain competitive.

He made the running last time, perhaps going off too hard; but that race has thrown up a subsequent winner and he can go well with Neil Callan taking over despite this being a slightly higher grade than he took in last time.