Saturday 16 November horse racing tips – 7/4 chance to secure first win over fences at Wetherby

Brian Healy takes a look through all six of the cards taking place on Saturday and provides readers with his tips for every race.

As many as six UK and Irish horse racing meetings could go to post on Saturday, and punters will be hoping that Cheltenham survives to host the day’s feature after Friday’s scheduled meeting was washed out by the weather.

If the feature meeting gets the go-ahead, where the BetVictor Gold Cup takes centre-stage, the fixture will be joined on Saturday’s agenda by further jumps racing fixtures from Uttoxeter and Wetherby, as well as from Punchestown in Ireland.

Meanwhile, the Saturday all-weather action comes from Lingfield on polytrack in the afternoon, and also Wolverhampton in the evening where they race on their tapeta surface.

Lingfield (flat, aw) – 11.55 – 3.45pm (8 races)
Cheltenham (jumps) – 12.05 – 4.00pm (8 races)
Uttoxeter (jumps) – 12.10 – 3.35pm (7 races)
Punchestown (jumps) – 12.15 – 4.00pm (8 races)
Wetherby (jumps) – 12.30 – 3.50pm (7 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 4.15 – 7.45pm (8 races)

LINGFIELD

(12.25) HIBERNIAN WARRIOR () shaped well on his debut at Newmarket in September, and Roger Varian’s charge can step up on that initial experience to get off the mark at the second attempt.

The War Front colt was beaten around four lengths, slowly away but catching the eye running on late, and the fourth from that race has won since so there could well be better to come from him.

Likely to improve on the back of that debut effort, he should prove an altogether different proposition now, and he can open his account now.

(3.15) ABOVE THE REST (7/1 BetVictor) has run well the last twice back on the all-weather, and David Barron’s charge could get back to winning ways for the first time since landing the Lady Wulfruna Stakes at Wolverhampton back in March this year.

The Exceed and Excel gelding was arguably unlucky not to finish closer than he did over seven furlongs at this venue latest, forced wide into the stakes before running on well late.

The drop back to six furlongs is unlikely to present much of an issue, and the hold-up performer should get plenty of pace to aim at in this contest. While strictly at the weights he has a little bit to find with the reopposing Gifted Master from their run here last time out, he nevertheless ought to remain competitive and no surprise to see him going close again.

11.55 – Quick Recovery
12.25 – Hibernian Warrior
1.00 – Alrajaa
1.35 – Alvaro
2.10 – Scentasia
2.45 – Lord North
3.15 – Above The Rest
3.45 – Star Of Athena

West Approach (left) loses out to The Conditional at the Showcase Meeting.

CHELTENHAM

(1.50) WEST APPROACH (4/1 BetVictor) could prove the answer to a tricky puzzle despite the small field, and Colin Tizzard’s charge can end his losing streak here.

The Westerner gelding won two of his first three outings over fences during the 2017/18 season, but things haven’t been straightforward since for the Tizzard horse whose form has been somewhat patchy although he did twice find only Paisley Park too strong last term over hurdles, and he rounded off last campaign with a creditable sixth in the Bet365 Gold Cup.

He didn’t do a lot wrong on his reappearance at this venue last moth, finding only The Conditional too strong by two lengths; but he should strip much fitter now with that run under his belt, and a subsequent 2lbs rise is workable so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him take a forward step now.

Conditions underfoot are unlikely to present much of an issue and he ought to go close here.

(3.30) LEGENDS GOLD (11/2 BetVictor) arrives here in search of a four-timer, and Rebecca Curtis’ charge looks worth siding with to get the job done having already proven herself capable of handling testing ground as she did when scoring at Bangor in October to land the middle-leg of her trio of wins.

The Gold Well mare was returning from six months off the track with that success, backing up her earlier Stratford success and she landed her three-timer when beating Ziggy Rose by six lengths at Ludlow latest.

She made all the running that day, kicked clear and winning readily, and a subsequent 2lbs rise in the weights leaves her with scope to do better; so with ability to handle the conditions already proven she could be worth sticking with to follow up again, and no surprise to see her posting another big effort here.

12.05 – I K Brunel
12.40 – Mick Pastor
1.15 – Wholestone
1.50 – West Approach
2.25 – Springtown Lake
3.00 – The Butcher Said
3.30 – Legends Gold
4.00 – Pink Sheets

UTTOXETER

(1.20) GOODNIGHT CHARLIE (10/3 BetVictor) has won her last two starts over fences, scoring in the mud at Warwick back in March and then bouncing back from a lesser effort over hurdles to regain the winning threat at Cheltenham in April.

The Midnight Legend mare had six lengths to spare over The Wicket Chicken on that occasion, scoring readily, and that race has since thrown up several subsequent winners.

The handicapper hasn’t missed him with a 10lbs rise in the weights, but he has the services of a 7lbs conditional for this latest outing so he could still have some further scope for better, and he could go well again despite the need for another career-best effort.

(2.30) Grade Two-winning hurdler MIDNIGHT TUNE () shaped with some ability over fences when finding only one too good on her seasonal debut, and the Midnight Legend mare could be worth siding with to go one better here.

Anthony Honeyball’s charge had made a winning start to her chase debut when finding only Molly The Dolly too strong here last November, and she was still pitching when falling next time out at Plumpton although he was absent until that reappearance earlier in the month.

She was no match for the easy winner, not jumping with fluency and out to her right on occasion; but she pulled clear of the rest and could well have better still to come with that run under her belt so every chance she can improve for that reappearance to do better now with the return to a longer trip likely to prove no issue.

12.10 – Percy Thrower
12.45 – Orrisdale
1.20 – Goodnight Charlie
1.55 – The Swagman
2.30 – Midnight Tune
3.05 – Tara Well
3.35 – Presuming Ed

The great Faugheen tackles fences for the first time as a 11-year-old at Punchestown.

PUNCHESTOWN

(12.15) ANYTHING WILL DO () is 2-3 over hurdles and the Westerner gelding can improve again to register further success.

A debut winner at Listowel, Joseph O’Brien’s charge finished a good third next time at Galway prior to getting back on the winning trail at Wexford last month where he ran out a two lengths’ winner over Owenacurra Lass.

He has a promising 7lbs claimer up this time around, and with the potential for better still to come he looks worth keeping onside to strike another success.

(1.25) MOUNT PELIER () made an impressive chase debut at Galway last month, readily scoring by a wide margin from Fine Brunello, and the Milan gelding can find further improvement to strike again.

Also a winner over hurdles at Naas back in March, Keith Clarke’s lightly-raced sort could have plenty of further improvement to come in this sphere where he could well prove a very smart sort, and he looks sure to mount a bold bid as he bids to strike again in conditions that will present no issue.

12.15 – Anything Will Do
12.50 – Faugheen
1.25 – Mount Pelier
2.00 – Klassical Dream
2.35 – Blue Sari
3.10 – Notice To Close
3.40 – The Big Getaway
4.00 – Whisperinthebreeze

WETHERBY

(1.05) GOOD BOY BOBBY () has shown himself to be a smart sort, winning three of four runs in bumpers during the 2017/18 season and repeating the feat over hurdles last term which included a wide margin sussess at Southwell in March.

The Flemensfirth gelding ran well in defeat at Carlisle on his reappearance and chase debut at Carlisle last month behind Brewin’upastorm, and that form has since been boosted with the winner going in again impressively earlier in the week.

Meanwhile the third in the same race had looked set to win next time until falling so the form of that run looks very strong, and open to considerable improvement he ought to go well in this contest where he can go one better than last time.

(2.15) MR ANTOLINI (7/4, BetVictor) shaped well over fences at Stratford in October when finding only Black Op too strong on his chase debut, and Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge can improve for that experience to go one better.

A Grade Three winner over hurdles, winning the 2018 Imperial Cup, he couldn’t quite kick on from that success last term, but he could make his mark over fences this term and could be fairly weighted from this mark on his handicap debut.

The lesser trip here shouldn’t present a problem, and while he has to give away weight all round to this field his hurdles form sets him apart from these rivals, and if he can translate the best of that form to this discipline then he ought to prove a tough nut to crack.

12.30 – Fitzroy
1.05 – Good Boy Bobby
1.40 – Sakhee’s City
2.15 – Mr Antolini
2.50 – Big Bad Bear
3.20 – Aristo Du Plessis
3.50 – Fingerontheswitch

Mr Antolini (centre) winning during his time over hurdles.

WOLVERHAMPTON

(4.45) FINELY TUNED () still looked in need of the experience when finishing a half-length third behind Tremor at Nottingham late last month, and the Gleneagles colt can take another forward step here to open his account at the third attempt.

Simon Crisford’s charge had shaped with some promise on debut at Newcastle at the beginning of October, looking as if he’d be better for the run behind Tsar; but while he took a forward step on his next outing, he still looked green although the run should have brought him on further.

The step up in trip could unlock further improvement in this contest, and he could prove a tough nut to crack if improving again.

(5.15) RIVER NYMPH () has shaped with promise on both starts to date, making the frame in outings at Salisbury and Newbury respectively, and Clive Cox’s charge can open his account at the third attempt.

The Cable Bay colt finished third on debut, and then stepped up to go one place better next time where he split a pair of next-time winners. That form sets the standard, and this looks a slightly easier contest so with the potential for significant improvement to come then he ought to prove a tough nut to crack, and he can get off the mark now.

4.15 – Gottardo
4.45 – Finely Tuned
5.15 – River Nymph
5.45 – You Don’t Own Me
6.15 – Dutch Treat
6.45 – Finespun
7.15 – Iron Mike
7.45 – Shepherd’s Purse