Racing tips for Saturday – Best bets at Cheltenham, Doncaster, Kelso, Newbury and Chelmsford
Saturday’s horse racing fixtures sees five meetings going to post with some top-class racing action around the country. We’ve looked over all five fixtures and pick out our racing tips for Satuday and best bets for each racecard.
A cracking afternoon of horse racing action awaits punters on Saturday with classy flat racing from Newbury where two Group Three races head to post; while Doncaster’s fixture stages the final Group One of the current flat season.
There is also flat racing in the evening under the Chelmsford floodlights; while Kelso and Cheltenham are racing over the sticks in the afternoon with the latter featuring some cracking handicap action on day two of the Showcase Meeting.
We’ve looked over each of the day’s scheduled horse racing fixtures taking place and pick out our best bets and racing tips for Saturday at each meeting.
RACING TIPS FOR SATURDAY 24 OCTOBER – BEST BETS AT CHELTENHAM, DONCASTER, KELSO, NEWBURY & CHELMSFORD
1:25 Kelso – Watch On Racing TV ‘National Hunt’ Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race) (Div II) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m
HART OF STEEL is a lightly raced sort who could have more to come over hurdles having shaped better than had been the case previously on his reappearance at Hexham earlier in the month.
Donald McCain’s Ask gelding showed improved form to finish third behind Sea Prince, beaten three lengths, but he ought to be sharper now with that under his belt and he could put his race-fitness to good use with the stiff finish here likely to see him a good light.
Softer ground could be a worry should the forecast rain arrive but he seemed to handle heavy ground well enough here on his debut in a bumper last November and he might benefit most should this turn into a stamina test.
1:45 Doncaster – vertem.co.uk Doncaster Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
JUST FRANK could be the answer to a very tricky puzzle and the Epaulette gelding can make it a winning hat-trick here.
Les Eyre’s charge has improved with every start and showed the drop to six furlongs held no fears when routing a decent field by five lengths in a valuable sales race at Newmarket earlier in the month in soft ground.
He had previously won over seven furlongs at Thirsk on better ground so conditions here ought not to inconvenience and he won well latest where he made all on the unfavoured far rail to score readily.
This is a tougher assignment but there’s likely better to come from him and he should be in the thick of things once more where he can land his three-timer.
2:05 Cheltenham – Masterson Holdings Hurdle Cl2 (4yo) 2m½f
Useful flat winner ALLMANKIND progressed quickly over hurdles last term, reeling off a hat-trick of wins on his first three starts which included a Grade Two contest over course and distance and a Grade One at Chepstow over Christmas where he was an impressive winner.
Dan Skelton’s charge was already held by Goshen when that one crashed out at the last in the Triumph Hurdle during the last Cheltenham Festival but having made most of the running he perhaps had gone off too hard and faded up the hill to eventually finish third behind fortunate winner Burning Victory.
It was nevertheless a good effort in the circumstances and the Sea The Moon gelding can bounce back to winning ways on his seasonal debut for a yard that has started the new campaign well.
With the potential for better to come this season and with proven course and distance form in the book he looks set for a bold bid on his return to action and having won first time up twelve months ago he could prove a tough nut to crack here.
2:33 Kelso – Edinburgh Gin Chase (A Limited Handicap) (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 3m2f
This might not prove a sufficient test for TRUCKERS LODGE who makes his seasonal appearance, but Paul Nicholls’ charge can go close for his in-form yard nonetheless.
A smart hurdler, the Westerner gelding took really well to chasing last term, winning at Chepstow on just his third start over the larger obstacles before finding only Potters Corner too strong in the Welsh Grand National.
Back from a couple of months off he then ran out a wide margin winner of the Midlands Grand National and if turning out here in similar form then he could prove tough to beat despite the handicapper pushing him up a fair chunk in the ratings so he has to give a minimum of 7lbs to this field on his return.
He has gone well fresh in the past however and he is a sound jumper who won’t be inconvenienced by any deterioration in the ground. Still open to further improvement and progress over fences he can get his season off to a winning start for a yard that has been amongst the winners and no surprise to see him going close.
2:55 Doncaster – Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes (Group 1) Cl1 (2yo) 1m
The season’s final Group One race can go the way of ONE RULER who represents Charlie Appleby and Godolphin, and the Dubawi colt arrives here on the back of a good win at Newmarket earlier in the month where he took the Group Three Autumn Stakes.
Also a winner at Sandown, he had finished a good third here in Listed company in September and he found improvement upped to this trip latest where he was strong at the finish in soft ground to readily see off Van Gogh who had previously placed in a Group Two so that form looks solid.
There’s likely more to come from him and he won’t mind any rain having shown he can handle soft conditions last time; while he stayed this one mile trip really well and that stamina could stand him in good stead so a big run from the Godolphin runner wouldn’t be a surprise.
3:35 Newbury – Molson Coors Beverage Company Stakes (Registered As The Horris Hill Stakes) (Group 3) Cl1 (2yo) 7f
EXISTENT could be worth chancing to step up again on his recent breakthrough success in heavy ground at Newmarket and there could be more to come from John Gosden’s Kingman colt.
His previous runs hadn’t been without promise, finishing third on debut at Nemwarket before blowing the start in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot although he ran on well late despite only managing to finish ninth and he appeared suited by the extra furlong for his latest run which came on the back of a break.
He should be sharper now and these conditions won’t hold any fears so he could well improve again to go close for all he probably needs a shade more on his form to date compared to a couple of these rivals.
3:50 Cheltenham – Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 3m1f
COGRY has a good record in this contest, winning the prize in 2017 and making the frame in each of the last two renewals; Nigel Twiston-Davies’ veteran might be worth chancing to continue his affinity with this contest where he can deliver another big performance.
The King’s Theatre gelding often runs well at this venue and he is a four-time course winner including at this distance; he wasn’t beaten that far in this last year behind The Conditional before winning over further last December when taking the BetVictor Gold Cup at this venue and he found only Doing Fine too strong here on New Years’ Day so he has a clear liking to this place.
That said, he disappointed when last seen pulled up in the Ultima Chase during the Cheltenham Festival although that was a hot contest and he might have been amiss as he faded quickly out of contention once headed.
His win in this race back in 2017 came first time up and he’s run well fresh in the past so could be worth siding with now on his return where a visor replaces cheekpieces.
5:45 Chelmsford – tote.co.uk Free Streaming Every UK Race Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-75) 1m
GUISEPPE CASSIOLI bettered previous solid form when getting off the mark at Lingfield nine days ago on his handicap debut and the Bated Breath colt can follow up here assuming of course this doesn’t come too soon.
Charlie Hills’ charge was slow to break from the stalls but he came with a strong late run to get up in the shadows of the post and register a short-head victory over Ahdab.
He’s only been raised 3lbs in the weights for that success and likely to improve again he looks worth chancing to post another big effort. That winning run was his first outing since June so he should strip much fitter now and with another strong pace likely in this contest he can progress again to register a second success.