Racing tips for Saturday – Best bets for the day’s UK racing fixtures
Racing tips for Saturday 2 October
A busy day of UK horse racing action awaits punters with fixtures on the flat and over the sticks and our tipping team has picked out their racing tips for Saturday and best bets at each meeting.
Punters have plenty of Saturday horse racing action to look forward to with six fixtures scheduled to go to post throughout the afternoon and into the evening on the flat and over the sticks.
In all 43 races will head to post across the day’s meetings around the country where the afternoon action on the flat comes from Newmarket, Ascot, Redcar and Chester; while there is also jumps racing from Fontwell on Saturday afternoon.
Completing the Saturday line-up is an evening fixture on the all-weather with a meeting at Wolverhampton on their tapeta surface and our tipping team has looked over each of the day’s racecards to pick out their racing tips for Saturday and best bets.
RACING TIPS FOR SATURDAY – BEST BETS FOR THE DAY’S UK RACING FIXTURES
2:05 Ascot – Oakman Group Rous Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 5f
TIS MARVELLOUS can overturn recent form with Hurricane Ivor here and Clive Cox’s charge can resume winning ways.
The Harbour Watch gelding has a decent record at this venue, winning three times over course and distance with the latest coming in August where he took the Shergar Cup Dash before thumping Justanotherbottle at Beverley in the Beverley Bullet.
That form has taken a couple of boosts since and there was little caste lost behind Hurricane Ivor in the recent Group Three World Trophy at Newbury where he was only beaten one length, hanging late on.
He’s 2lbs better off now with his last-time conqueror which can see him close the gap and given his record here he has to be of interest that he can get back to winning ways.
2:55 Newmarket – Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m
MOTHER EARTH and Snow Lantern renew rivalry from the Falmouth Stakes on the July Course here where the latter prevailed by a half-length; however Aidan O’Brien’s charge can reverse that form here and get back to winning ways.
The Zoffany filly has held her form well since winning the 1000 Guineas over this course and distance, making the frame on all three starts including that Falmouth run before resuming winning ways in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville.
Not seen to best effect when meeting with defeat in the Matron Stakes behind another of today’s opponents she can be forgiven that run as she met with plenty of trouble in running and was hampered late on, losing all chance.
She was still only beaten just over one length though and returning to the scene of her Classic victory she has to be respected again and can get back on the scoresheet to land a winner on our racing tips for Saturday.
3:15 Ascot – John Guest Racing Bengough Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 6f
GLEN SHIEL hasn’t been seen at his best in his last couple of runs but Archie Watson’s charge can bounce back here dropping in grade.
Last season’s champion sprinter went from strength to strength, winning four time in all culminating with victory in the Group One British Champions Sprint and while he’s winless this term he has turned in a couple of decent efforts including when finishing runner-up to Dream Of Dreams in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes over course and distance.
Quicker ground has perhaps been a factor in recent below par efforts and he beat only one home when last seen in the Haydock Sprint Cup. However with softer ground here in his favour and the prospect of rain his chances will be improved and remains the class act in this field on last season’s exploits.
Dropping into a Group Three contest now he can make his class tell and no surprise if he were to resume winning ways now.
3:35 Redcar – William Hill Two Year Old Trophy (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
ANADORA can get back to winning ways for the first time since scoring on her debut at Newcastle back in April and the Havana Gold filly could make her presence felt here.
Kevin Ryan’s charge has posted some solid runs in defeat since that debut sucess, making the frame in all but one of her five subsequent outings which includes in soft ground at Goodwood in the wake of a solid seventh behind Sandrine in the Albany Stakes.
Fourth in the Rose Stakes at York she wasn’t seen to best effect at Musselburgh last time but remains capable of better and she can make her presence felt here with any rain around unlikely to be an issue for her.
Her York fourth represents some solid form and back up in trip she can make her presence felt here for all she likely needs some improvement.
3:40 Chester – Mental Health UK Fillies’ Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 7½f
FLYING WEST is still relatively lightly raced and unexposed on turf having done the bulk of her racing on the all-weather, but she showed last term she can handle soft ground well when winning at Yarmouth in October and finishing runner-up on her next start.
The Free Eagle filly ran her best race of the current campaign when going close at Sandown last month, beaten only a neck behind Spirit Of The Bay on her first run in 65 days and she’ll be sharper here so could be capable of going one better with conditions underfoot no problem.
The handicapper has only pushed her up 1lb for that but Adam Farragher’s 5lbs claim leaves her well handicapped and with the plum inside draw to work from she can get back to winning ways here.
4:05 Newmarket – British EBF Premier Fillies’ Middle Distance Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m4f
BEHOLDING looks one with a very bright future judging on recent wins on the all-weather at Lingfield and Kempton and if John and Thady Gosden’s charge can replicate that sort of form on turf then the Le Havre filly can land her hat-trick here.
Following on from a promising debut at Kempton in August she has won both subsequent starts by an aggregate 22 lengths, latterly thumping Restitution and others by 12 lengths and while this will demand more switching to handicaps for her debut on turf she could well prove ahead of her 92 rating.
She has looked a potentially very smart prospect and it is likely she has further progress to come so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her deliver a big performance here in pursuit of her hat-trick.
4:10 Redcar – Racing TV EBF Stallions Guisborough Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f
Most of these arrive on the back of a lesser run, but a few are taking a drop in class and it might bay to side with SAFE VOYAGE over likely favourite Motakhayyel who both have their sights lowered although John Quinn’s charge arguably brings stronger form to the table and can resume winning ways.
The Fast Company gelding is certainly no stranger to the winners’ enclosure having struck gold 13 times in his career which include a pair of Group Two wins last term and he made the frame in the Group One Prix De La Foret when a close third to One Master.
He’s not been at his best this term but he did manage to register another victory when going in at Chester and his latest run behind Space Blues at York in the City Of York Stakes wasn’t a bad effort despite only finishing fifth.
That represents some solid form and rain certainly won’t harm his chances so while he’s not getting any younger and could be vulnerable to younger improvers he can make his presence felt again if turning up here with his A-game.
4:35 Fontwell – Each Way Extra At bet365 Handicap Chase Cl5 (4yo+ 0-100) 2m3½f
AIR HAIR LAIR has been consisten this term with a number of efforts in the frame which includes a win at Stratford back in July and the Zebedee gelding can get back to winning ways here.
Sheena West’s charge finished runner-up two starts ago back at Stratford when beaten only by Chapati who has run well again since while the fourth from that race has landed a subsequent win.
He arguably bettered that performance when third at Plumpton last month behind Pirate Sam, travelling well into the race but unable to match the winner for speed and losing out on the silver medal only in the dying strides.
He was trying to give away plenty of weight on that last run but off 1lb lower here he can make his presence felt again and no surprise to see him in the mix once more.
5:25 Wolverhampton – bet365 Novice Stakes (GBB Race) Cl5 (2yo) 7f
EL HIBRI has made the frame on all three career starts to date and the Havana Gold gelding can open his account at the fourth attempt.
Bryan Meehan’s charge has form figures of 322 on turf and latterly on the polytrack at Kempton last month behind Tamra’s Rock where he found only that one too good on his all-weather debut, losing out by two lengths.
His efforts to date set a decent standard for the others to aim at at this level and there could be more to come from him so he might be worth sticking with to open his win account.
8:00 wolverhampton – Cash Out At bet365 Handicap (Div I) Cl6 (3yo+ 0-60) 1m1½f
GHOSTLY could be worth chancing to get back to winning ways taking a drop back in trip and Stella Barclay’s charge can bounce back from a couple of lesser runs in recent times.
The Outstrip gelding is dual-winner over this course this term including one over the distance and the effects of a busy spell might have been telling when turning in lesser efforts at Ayr and back here towards the end of August although there’s certainly also an argument that he failed to see out the longer trip each time.
He’s been given a break since his latest outing which saw him finish only seventh behind Colinton here although he also didn’t aid his cause with a tardy start. The third from that race has won twice since though and forgiven that last effort he could do better with Johnny Peate able to take off a handy 7lbs.