Horse racing tips for Saturday – Best bets for today’s flat and jumps fixtures
Horse racing tips for Saturday ‘s UK meetings
Another busy day of racing action is in prospect for punters with more flat and jumps racing taking place and we’ve picked out our horse racing tips for Saturday and best bets from the day’s fixtures around the country.
There’s a busy day of horse racing action going to post on Saturday around the country with five scheduled meetings on the agenda on the flat and over the sticks.
The feature meeting of the day comes on the flat at Newmarket where the Group One Dewhurst Stakes joins the famous Cesarewitch Handicap on the agenda at Flat HQ; while it is Coral Sprint Trophy Day on the Knavesmire at York and both meetings will feature on Saturday’s ITV Racing schedule.
Meanwhile the afternoon action over the sticks now the new jumps season is officially underway comes from Hexham and also Chepstow who are racing for a second day following their seasonal curtain-raiser on Friday.
Completing the Saturday line-up is an evening fixture on the Chelmsford polytrack and the day’s only all-weather fixture takes place under the floodlights. Our team has looked over all five of the day’s racecards to pick out their horse racing tips for Saturday and best bets from each of the day’s fixtures from around the country.
HORSE RACING TIPS FOR SATURDAY – BEST BETS ON THE FLAT & JUMPS
1:45 Newmarket – Godolphin Flying Start Zetland Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (2yo) 1m2f
GOLDSPUR could prove the pick of the Godolphin pair here and the Dubawi colt can remain unbeaten.
One of two in the race for Charlie Appleby he created an excellent first impression when going in at Sandown last month, posting an impressive six lengths’ defeat of Wolsey and there’s surely more to come from him with the conditions unlikely to present a problem.
This is a step up in grade and the form of that debut win perhaps isn’t the strongest on offer; but he looked a potentially smart sort and this extra yardage is likely to bring about further improvement so he is expected to go well and he can make it 2-2 in his career before going on to better things next term.
2:10 Hexham – Happy 60th Birthday Dave Burley Handicap Chase (Go North Staying Chase Series Qualifier) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-110) 3m
REAL ARMANI went close for this column eight days ago when run down late over course and distance by Supreme Steel, but the Sulamani gelding can go one better assuming this doesn’t come too soon.
Jane Walton’s charge has a very good record over course and distance, twice a winner and placed on three other occasions and that latest near miss was his first start in more than four months so it should have removed any cobwebs and he can post another big run if those exertions haven’t left a mark with this relatively quick turnout.
He jumped from fence to fence and travelled well throughout that last race only to be gunned down in the last half-furlong by the winner with the front two pulling almost ten lengths clear. He’s been hit with a 5lbs rise as a result which will demand a bit more from him but he could have a little more to give as a relatively low mileage sort and he handles soft ground so a big run here wouldn’t be a surprise if he’s none the worse for his recent reappearance.
2:25 Chepstow – Native River Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m7½f
CAP DU NORD showed some progressive form last term and it might be worth chancing Christian Williams’ charge to run well on his seasonal reappearance as he did last year.
The Voix Du Nord gelding was a winner at Newbury in November when taking the Peter O’Sullevan Memorial Chase before finishing runner-up in starts at Kempton and Doncaster in the Sky Bet Chase.
Rounding off his season over fences with a solid fifth in the Bet365 Gold Cup where he possibly failed to get home he had a summer spin over hurdles in France and makes his return to chasing in a winnable contest that represents an easier assignment than those he took in last year.
His record first time up isn’t inspiring but assuming he puts his best foot forward and is ready for this reappearance then he could run a big race.
2:37 York – Play Coral Racing-Super-Series For Free Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-110) 1m2½f
FAISAL possibly just needed his recent run back from a three months’ break when losing his unbeaten record at Doncaster last month but likely to be sharper now the Golden Horn colt can get back to winning ways here.
John and Thady Gosden’s charge had won all three previous starts, bettering his form each time and scoring by a half-length to bring up the hat-trick on his turf debut at Windsor in May having scored on the all-weather for his first couple of victories.
He lost no caste in defeat behind Anmaat latest, giving that one weight and the form was boosted when the runner-up almost landed a gamble in the Cesarewitch recently. Still lightly raced he can get back on track here if handling the softer ground.
3:00 Chepstow – Dunraven Windows Novices’ Chase (Listed Race) (For The Robert Mottram Memorial Trophy) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m3½f
FIDELIO VALLIS went from strength to strength over fences last term, showing progressive form to win four on the spin which included victories at Kempton and Warwick on his final run of the campaign where he struck by four lengths from Tikkinthebox.
Making all on that occasion he wasn’t always foot-perfect, but he had more than enough in reserve to hold off his rivals and on his reappearance the Saint Des Saints gelding could have even more to offer for his yard which took this twelve months ago.
Paul Nicholls should have his charge well-readied for this return to action, but he won last term in the wake of a three-months break and also placed over hurdles following seven months off so he can go well fresh it would seem and no surprise if he were to turn in another solid effort here.
3:35 Newmarket – Together For Racing International Cesarewitch Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 2m2f
A typically competitive renewal of this famous handicap contest can go to CALLING THE WIND who has proven himself a very versatile and consistent performer and Richard Hughes’ charge can give another good account of himself here.
The Authorized gelding is still a relatively lightly raced sort and he’s been in good form this term, finding only one too good in the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot before readily landing a Goodwood handicap at the expense of Withhold who won this race in 2017.
Dropped back in trip for his last outing at Newbury he coped fine with the sharper test when beaten only a head behind Makram, travelling well into the race but intimidated out of going past the eventual winner who leant into him and carried him right close home.
He remains well-treated off this mark where he’s due to go up 3lbs in future and there’d be no surprise to see him firmly in the mix.
7:00 Chelmsford – Chelmsford City Racecourse Membership Available Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 6f
GREAT NEWS certainly isn’t one of the leading lights amongst the current Godolphin crop but the Shamardal gelding has shown enough to suggest he’s up to winning more races and he can get back to winning ways here.
Saeed bin Suroor’s charge was a debut winner at Salisbury back in April and has found only one too good in three of his five starts since, including at Lingfield in August over an extra furlong than this.
There wasn’t a lot wrong with his latest runner-up at Brighton last month where he finished just a head behind Mamillius, run down late by the winner and he’s only up 1lb for that effort so ought to remain competitive and the application of cheekpieces for the first time could see him eke out a little more improvement.
He looks to hold solid claims here back on polytrack which proved no issue on his previous run on the surface and every chance he can get back on the scoresheet here.