Racing tips on Saturday – Best bets for the day’s UK racemeetings on the flat

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Racing tips on Saturday 24 July for the day’s meetings

Some top class horse racing action features on Saturday’s fixture list with the Group One King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes the highlight of the day’s meetings; we’ve picked out our racing tips on Saturday and best bets at each meeting.

Saturday plays host to a five-fixture schedule of horse racing action around the country where flat racing is the order of the day with no jumps racing meetings scheduled to take place.

The day’s racing action sees afternoon fixtures at Newcastle on the all-weather as well as Ascot and York; while in the evening there are meetings at Newmarket on the July Course and also Salisbury.

There is Group One action on the agenda with the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes the highlight of the day at Ascot, while the Group Two York Stakes heads up York’s card and 36 races in all will head to head to post across the day’s fixtures.

We’ve picked out our racing tips on Saturday and best bets across each of the day’s five meetings. Get them below!


1:50 Ascot – Princess Margaret Keeneland Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 6f

Although DESERT DREAMER finished a neck behind reopposing System at Newmarket last month it may be worth chancing Stuart Williams’ charge to reverse the form of that defeat here and gain some revenge.

The Oasis Dream filly might have won there but for meeting trouble in running at a crucial stage and while she got to the front in the last furlong she couldn’t quite hold off Richard Hannons’ charge who wore her down late.

However the selection found another chunk of progress to finish runner-up in a Group Two contest latest and that run sets the standard where she was beaten two lengths by the impressive Sandrine, running on well late.

There’s surely more to come from her and she can get back on the winning trail here tackling a Group Three now if replicating that last effort.

2:05 York – Sky Bet “Jump Jockeys’ Nunthorpe” Handicap (To Be Ridden By Professional Jump Jockeys) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-90) 5f

NIBRAS AGAIN won this race two years ago from a mark of 75 and it might be worth chancing Paul Midgley’s charge to regain his crown having shaped as if coming to the boil in recent runs.

The Kyllachy gelding won twice last term and having placed on his first two runs of the campaign following wind surgery he’s bounced back from a couple of lesser efforts to register successive runner-up finishes the last twice at Nottingham and Newmarket.

Only beaten a short-head in the latest of those runs last month he can compete here from the same mark as when successful in this race two seasons back and the seven-year old can make his presence felt once more as he bids to get back to winning ways here.

Racing tips on Saturday. York is one of the day's quintet of fixtures going to post.

Racing tips on Saturday. York is one of the day’s quintet of fixtures going to post.

2:45 Newcastle – Collingwood Taxi Insurance Fillies’ Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 5f

ASTROZONE is a dual course and distance winner and Brian Smart’s charge can get back to winning ways having found only one too good on her reappearance last month.

The Fast Company filly won twice last term – both over this course and distance and she might have just needed the run on her reappearance here in June when beaten just a half-length by Tanasoq where she was just run down late.

That form looks decent and the handicapper has only pushed her up 1lb in the weights so she ought to go close if running up to a similar level as last time.

She’ll be sharper for that recent reappearance effort and there’d be no surprise in seeing her going close here.

3:00 Ascot – Moet & Chandon International Stakes (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 7f

A typically competitive big field handicap could go the way of STAR OF ORION who is low mileage and still unexposed, and Ralph Beckett’s charge showed steadily progressive form last term.

A debut winner he made the frame in his next three outings including a valuable sales event at the Curragh prior to a very creditable fifth in the Horris Hill at Newbury.

Never seen to best effect on his reappearance in the Britannia Stakes where he likely needed the run but was drawn on the wrong side of the course and never involved he readily bounced back quickly dropped to seven furlongs at Newmarket earlier in the month where he was a ready winner from Twaasol and a 3lbs penalty for that win is offset by Laura Pearson taking off 5lbs.

He has a higher draw to contend with here which can prove a positive and the lightly-raced Footstepsinthesand gelding can find another chunk of improvement to go close in this contest.

4:30 Newcastle – Collingwood Courier Driver Insurance Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 1m4½f

SECOND SLIP has run well on both starts at this venue, finishing third on his reappearance over ten furlongs in April and bouncing back from a lesser effort on turf at York the following month to get back to winning ways over course and distance in June with a five lengths’ defeat of Hasty Sailor.

James Fanshawe’s charge won well on that occasion, travelling strongly before taking up the running entering the last furlong and keeping on well for a easy victory and the form has since been franked with the fifth winning since.

The handicapper has applied some pressure with a 11lbs rise in the ratings, but that last victory performance sets a decent standard and the Lope De Vega gelding could prove a tough nut to crack with further improvement anticipated.

Racing tips on Saturday. James Fanshawe can saddle a Saturday winner.

Racing tips on Saturday. James Fanshawe can saddle a Saturday winner.

4:50 Newmarket – MansionBet Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 6f

FOOLS RUSH IN has won three of his last four starts and two of his last three since returning from a break; Tom Dascombe’s charge can add another win to his tally here.

The Mehmas gelding most recently beat Sir Benedict at Chester earlier this month, scoring by one length having made all and winning cosily in the end.

This is a stronger race but the handicapper has only raised him 4lbs and there may be more to come from him given his current good spell of form and he can continue to make his presence felt here with the potential for improvement not ruled out.

5:00 York – Sky Bet Request A Bet Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 1m4f

Lightly-raced TOMBOLO is chasing a hat-trick of wins and Richard Fahey’s charge can oblige punters here.

Formerly with Michael Dods the Le Havre gelding has improved for the switch to this yard and step up in trip to register comfortable successes at Chester and Pontefract latterly where he was a four lengths’ victor over Epidemic.

That runner-up has won since and this further step up in trip could unlock another level of improvement so every chance he can make his presence felt here despite a 7lbs rise and with the quicker ground no issue having won on similar previously.

7:35 Salisbury – Pam Bruford Memorial Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-75) 6f

ARAMIS GREY is alternating wins with runner-up efforts and if the Gutaifan filly continues her pattern of results then she’s set to win this handicap contest.

Rae Guest’s charge has won two of her five starts this term, the latest coming when successful at Chelmsford two starts ago when beating Sir Rodneyredblood by a neck and she lost no caste in defeat latest when beaten less than one length by Al Simmo at Pontefract.

Indeed all her defeats this term have been settled by less than one length and she ought to give another good account here racing from the same mark as last time.