Racing tips for Saturday 26 June – Best bets for the day’s UK racing card
Racing tips for Saturday 26 June
Another round of weekend horse racing fixtures is upon us and we’ve looked over all the day’s racing action on the flat to pick out our horse racing tips for Saturday.
Saturday will see five UK horse racing meetings going to post with the action unfolding on the flat as the summer jumps takes a breather. And there’s plenty for punters to look forward to across the day’s quintet of fixtures including the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle and the Group Three Criterion Stakes at Newmarket featuring amongst the day’s races.
The ITV Racing cameras will be in attendance at Newmarket and Newcastle to cover the pick of the day’s racing action on both cards; while there is further afternoon racing on the flat at both Windsor and Chester.
Completing Saturday’s fixture list in the evening is a card on the flat at Doncaster and over the day’s five meetings there will be 36 races in all taking place. We’ve looked over each of the day’s fixtures to pick out our racing tips for Saturday and best bets on each card.
RACING TIPS FOR SATURDAY – BEST BETS FOR THE DAY’S UK RACECARDS
2:05 Newmarket – Maureen Brittain Memorial Empress Fillies’ Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
George Boughey continues in good form with his two-year olds and it might be worth sticking with CACHET who ran much better than the bare result when finishing fifth in the recent Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Aclaim filly can get back to winning ways here.
She had won well here on her debut on the Rowley Mile, powering to a five lengths’ victory over Before Dawn and she was possibly unsuited by softer ground at Ascot latest where she was unable to show the same finishing speed as she had done the time before.
That was a very creditable effort and there could be better to come from her back on a better surface and with further improvement anticipated for a yard making a name for itself this term.
2:20 Newcastle – William Hill Chipchase Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 6f
KHUZAAM has a good record on artificial surfaces and the Kitten’s Joy gelding can get back to winning ways here.
Roger Varian’s charge has won four times on polytrack in the past couple of seasons, including twice this term before clashing with Palace Pier at Sandown in April where he shaped as if amiss having done plenty in front before weakening quickly once headed.
He’s surely better than that and perhaps he is better on an artificial surface, so while he tackles tapeta for the first time there’d be little shock if he were to bounce back with a better effort away from turf given he has a positive profile on the all-weather.
Forgiven that Sandown flop last time he’s worth another chance and he can make his presence felt in this contest with Jim Crowley preferring him to Khaadem who runs in the same colours.
2:45 Chester – Retraining Of Racehorses Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 5f
GABRIAL THE DEVIL’s recent form figures don’t make for great reading but it might be worth chancing Richard Fahey’s charge nonetheless to bounce back to form.
The Epaulette gelding struck his last turf success over this course and distance last September, beating Bossipop and he got back on the winning trail when scoring at Southwell in January before largely running with credit in defeat on the all-weather.
His exploits back on turf haven’t been anything special and he was only sixth over course and distance two weeks ago behind Look Out Louis. He has seen his mark drop below his last winning turf rating however and Connor Murtagh can take off another 3lbs to aid his cause further.
Drawn out of the plum number one stall there’s no shortage of pace to this contest and he could get back on the winning trail here.
2:55 Newcastle – William Hill Pick Your Places Northumberland Vase Handicap (Consolation Race For The Northumberland) Cl2 (3yo+) 2m½f
INDIGO TIMES has built up a very good record on the all-weather in recent times, winning twice on polytrack last summer at Chelmsford and returning in the early weeks of this year to reel off a hat-trick of victories on polytrack and fibresand at Southwell.
Soft ground might not have suited when tried back on turf following three months off at Goodwood but David Simcock’s charge quickly left that form behind when resuming winning ways at Kempton earlier this month, running out an easy three lengths’ winner over Teqany.
The Alhebayeb gelding faces a much tougher test here upped markedly in class; but his impressive record thus far on an artificial surface since being sent up in trip can’t be ignored and with further improvement to come he could post a big run.
Tapeta has proven no issue in the past although he hasn’t won on this surface; nevertheless he can continue his progress on the all-weather where he can post a big effort.
3:00 Windsor – Longines Irish Champions’ Weekend EBF Fillies’ Conditions Stakes (GBB Race) Cl2 (2yo) 5f
It could be worth giving another chance to SIENNA BONNIE who looked a filly of some potential when getting off the mark at the second attempt with an eight lengths’ rout at Bath back in May and Jonathan Portman’s charge ran better than the bare result when finishing seventh in the Listed Marygate Stakes at York on her next run.
She was only beaten four lengths on that occasion having been briefly outpaced before staying on again and her latest outing at Epsom is forgiven as she appeared not to handle the track behind Oscula who ran well again at Royal Ascot.
There could be more to come from her on this more conventional track and while she likely needs a bit more on balance of her form she’s not one to write off just yet given her earlier demolition job of a fair field and having been gambled in that last run.
3:35 Windsor – Fitzdares Midsummer Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m
BRENTFORD HOPE steps back into Listed company with conditions ideal and Richard Hughes’ charge can follow up his recent return to winning ways at Nottingham last month.
The lightly-raced Camelot gelding handles soft ground well with all three wins coming in the mud and he atoned for a disappointing run over this course and distance on his reappearance when bolting up last time, posting a three lengths’ defeat of Crownthorpe.
He wasn’t seen to best effect in that return, racing keenly on the better ground and taken to the far side while the winner came up the near-side rail. But he proved he’d sharpened up considerably for the run with that easy victory last time and back in Listed company he might be worth chancing to back up that win with these conditions very much in his favour.
Still low mileage he could have more to offer and no surprise to see him running well here.
3:50 Newmarket – Close Brothers Fillies’ Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-90) 1m4f
SAYYIDA is progressing well with each start and the Dubawi filly showed a big chunk of improvement latest to get off the mark at the third attempt following more than seven months off, readily scoring over Mellow Magic on the Rowley Mile here.
Charlie Appleby’s charge was impressive that day, seemingly relishing the stiffer test of stamina and running on strongly to register a comfortable win, the form of which has been franked.
She now steps into the handicap ranks for this latest outing where she could have been underestimated by a mark of 85 given she has plenty of potential to improve and there’d be no surprise in seeing her add to her tally here with further progress expected from her.
6:45 Doncaster – Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap Cl4 (3yo 0-80) 5½f
SIGNORA PRINCESS contested some good contests last term and got off the mark with a victory over Emirati Dirham at Catterick on his seasonal return in April, scoring by three-parts of a length.
Kevin Ryan’s Harbour Watch filly ran well in defeat next time behind The Waterman at Wolverhampton earlier this month following another couple of months on the sidelines where she stepped up to six furlongs.
She wasn’t seen at her best on that occasion, not getting a clear run before bursting through take up the running although she couldn’t maintain her effort to the line and was headed close home. This slightly lesser trip could prove in her favour then and she ought to get another decent pace to aim at.
A 2lbs rise in the weights looks fair and with the potential for better still she can get back to winning ways with further improvement anticipated.