Racing tips for Saturday 12 June – Best bets across the day’s UK racing fixtures
Saturday horse racing best bets and tips
A busy weekend of horse racing action lies in wait for punters and Saturday’s fixture list boasts seven UK meetings on the flat and over the sticks. We’ve picked out our racing tips for Saturday and best bets through the day.
There is a bumper crop of seven UK horse racing meetings heading to post throughout Saturday with action both on the flat and on the level where some classy action awaits as we head into Royal Ascot next week.
The day’s racing on the flat sees Sandown, York, Bath and Chester all go to post while there is also afternoon jumps racing from Hexham; meanwhile in the evening there is further flat racing action from Leicester and jumps racing from Worcester for punters to untangle and find a few winners.
We’ve looked over the day’s fixture list to pick out our racing tips for Saturday and best bets through the day.
TODAY’S BEST BETS – HORSE RACING TIPS FOR SATURDAY ACROSS THE UK’S FIXTURES
1:40 Chester – Racing Welfare Supporting Racings Workforce Handicap Cl3 (3yo 0-95) 5f
HAVAGOMECCA is going the right way judging by her latest win at Haydock last month where the Havana Gold filly ran out a comfortable winner over Big Thanks and Michael Dods’ charge can continue her improvement to follow up here.
Also a winner at Newcastle in April she was disappointing back there next time although was possibly amiss; but she has bounced back in no uncertain terms with a good third at Beverley prior to her resumption of winning ways latest and a 7lbs rise for that effort might not be enough to halt her progress.
She has the plum draw to work from here and if the quicker ground doesn’t prove a negative given that last win came in the mud then she could strike again.
2:15 Sandown – Coral “Beaten By A Length” Free Bet Scurry Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo) 5f
ATALIS BAY won three times last term, progressing with each start and while he went off the boil late on in outings at Newmarket and Wolverhampton he had excuses for both those lesser efforts.
Marco Botti’s Cable Bay colt has returned from a break in good fettle, regaining the winning thread at Nottingham in April with a defeat of Burning Cash and he stepped up on that performance to chase home Winter Power latest at York in the Westow Stakes although he was no match for the winner.
He did pull five lengths clear of the third horse however and there could be more to come from him having already beaten a couple of these rivals in previous runs.
Further improvement ought to see him involved again at the finish and he can resume winning ways in this Listed contest.
2:45 Chester – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 1m4½f
G FOR GABRIAL has been kept busy this year and this will be his twelfth run of 2021 which he can make a winning one.
Richard Fahey’s charge has won three times already which includes two turf victories at Pontefract and Beverley, and he’s made the frame in his last three starts most recently finishing runner-up to Tricorn at Hamilton.
He was beaten three lengths there behind a thriving rival who has won again since and he could go well here from the same mark.
2:50 Sandown – Play Coral ‘Racing-Super-Series’ For Free Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-100) 1m
LATEST GENERATION was a winner at Doncaster last term prior to tackling the Group Three Autumn Stakes where he might have found the soft ground against him although he shaped better than the bare result in eventually finishing seventh.
Simon Crisford’s charge wasn’t seen out again until making a return at Newbury last month where he raced too freely and failed to get home behind Hurricane Lane, fading into sixth having helped force the pace.
He’s back in trip here but should be sharper for that recent run and given how the form is working out there could be more to come from the Frankel colt who could yet do better now fitted with a tongue-tie for the first time.
He also made the frame on his only previous outing at this venue and he can build on his reappearance effort to be a factor in this contest where an opening mark of 93 may underestimate his potential for improvement especially if the headgear has a positive effect.
2:55 Hexham – Ne-Bet Sportsbook And Casino Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-140) 2m4f
THEBANNERKINGREBEL showed some fair form over hurdles, winning three times before making the step up to Graded company, contesting both the 2020 Rossington Main Hurdle and the Betfair Hurdle although he cut little ice in both.
Having started last campaign over hurdles he was switched to chasing where he struck a win at Plumpton before struggling in subsequent runs and he was given a break before going back hurdling and he shaped better than the bare result last time at Warwick.
This represents a slight drop in class for the Arakan gelding over hurdles with the handicapper dropping him 4lbs following that run so Jamie Snowden’s ought to make his presence felt here and no surprise to see him in the mix.
3:10 Bath – Ryan Hopkins’ 40th Over The Hill Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-70) 1m
GREEK KODIAC has been running consistently in recent times, getting back to winning ways in a recent seller at Redcar last month and it may be worth chancing Michael Bell’s charge to follow up despite this being a harder assignment.
The Kodiac gelding had won twice previously last year, both on the all-weather, but he showed he can win on turf latest with a comfortable victory over Willing To Please where the front two pulled four lengths clear.
He’s back in handicap company here from the same 68 mark which remains workable on his old form for Mick Quinn and he should post another bold bid for victory here with Hollie Doyle up.
3:40 York – Pavers Foundation Catherine Memorial Sprint Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 6f
JADWAL has rattled the crossbar on each of his last three starts and Charlie Hills’ charge can go one better despite the handicapper applying more pressure.
The Mustajeeb gelding was a winner at Newmarket last July, beating Et Tu Brute by just over two lengths but he failed to match that level in a pair of subsequent starts upped in grade at Ascot and Nottingham.
He has improved this season though to reel off three successive runner-up efforts on the all-weather and turf latterly, beaten less than one length by Jumby at Newmarket last month where he was perhaps made too much use of and he was collared late.
That form though has been boosted with both the third and fourth horses winning since and he was clear of the third horse home at Newmarket so a 7lbs rise for that outing could prove workable. Big fields are no problem and he acts well on quick ground so a big run here wouldn’t come as a surprise and he can get back to winning ways.
6:45 Leicester – Bodie Hodges Foundation Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-65) 1m4f
Lightly-raced THUNDERFLASH shaped better than his bare fifth at Brighton last month would suggest and Ian Williams’ charge can do better here.
That was his first run in more than 180 days and he crossed the line some five lengths’ fifth behind Dawn View having perhaps not been suited by the slow pace and he was hampered late on.
The winner and fourth horses home from that race have both run well since and the Night Of Thunder gelding turns out here from the same mark where he should strip fitter for that reappearance while the step up in trip can unlock some improvement so he ought to run well here and can get back to winning ways.
8:00 Worcester – Follow At The Races On Twitter Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-115) 2m
CASTEL GANDOLFO comes into this race on the back of a maiden hurdle win at Fakenham last month where the Dark Angel gelding ran out a four lengths’ winner over Dynamite Kentucky and he is taken to follow up here.
Fair on the flat in Ireland for Jessica Harrington he has shown hurdling ability for Fergal O’Brien, making the frame in his first four starts over timber prior to that breakthrough success and he steps into the handicap ranks now from a very fair mark.
He wore cheekpieces last time which are retained here and there’s be little surprise in seeing him go well again as he bids to add another win to his tally.
8:15 Leicester – Meridian Mortgages Handicap Cl6 (3yo 0-65) 5f
SICILIAN BELLE doesn’t have many miles on her clock and the Brazen Beau filly can open her account here.
Robert Cowell’s charge showed glimpses of what she can do last year, finishing runner-up at Yarmouth in August and she returned from more than seven months off the track to finish a good fourth at Wolverhampton latest behind Dan De Light.
She’ll surely strip fitter for that outing which saw her made most until headed at the furlong pole and unable to match the winner for speed, dropping to fourth on the run-up. But that run will have sharpened her up and having been eased 1lb in the weights she could make her presence felt here.