Saturday 2 November horse racing tips – Dalgleish’s 5/2 chance looks to hold Sport-ing claims of Ayr success

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Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all of Saturday’s UK and Irish horse racing meetings.

Another six UK And Irish horse racing meetings go to post on Saturday, and we make our final visit of the flat season to Newmarket where a trio of Listed races take centre stage at Flat HQ. Meanwhile, over the sticks there are meetings from Ascot, Ayr and Wetherby as well as from Down Royal in Ireland.

The Grade Three Sodexo Gold cup features amidst the action at Ascot, while the Grade Two Charlie Hall Chase spearhead’s Wetherby’s racecard which also includes the Grade Two West Yorkshire Hurdle.

Not to be outdone, Down Royal’s racecard includes Grade One action in the shape of the Ladbrokes Champion Chase.

Completing Saturday’s line-up of horse racing action across the UK and Ireland is an all-weather fixture on the Chelmsford polytrack.

Newmarket (flat) – 11.45 – 3.50pm (8 races)
Ascot (jumps) – 12.25 – 3.55pm (7 races)
Ayr (jumps) – 12.35 – 4.00pm (7 races)
Down Royal (jumps) – 12.40 – 4.05pm (7 races)
Wetherby (jumps) – 12.50 – 4.15pm (7 races)
Chelmsford (flat, aw) – 4.30 – 8.00pm (8 races)



(12.20) BAAQY (7/2, William Hill) stepped up on a fair debut on the July Course here to find only one too good on the Rowley Mile back in September, beaten a half-length behind Lady Lynetta despite missing the break and not getting a clear run.

John Gosden’s Iffraaj filly sets the standard on that run, but she has to prove she can handle the softer conditions this time around. However, if the ground doesn’t present an issue then she could continue her progression and every chance she can get off the mark now at the third attempt.

She still looked green in that last outing, but likely to come on again she is perhaps worth chancing despite fears over the conditions.

(12.55) STARS IN THE SKY (11/2, Coral) is given another chance having possibly not handled the all-weather at Kempton last time, and William Haggas’ charge is better judged on her earlier runner-up finish behind Alpen Rose at Doncaster in August.

The Galileo filly was only beaten one length on that occasion in conditions similar to these, but she weakened away quickly at Kempton latest on her all-weather debut and all might not have been well.

Given some time off, the Haggas runner returns here with the yard in decent form, and with these conditions likely to prove more to her liking than polytrack then she could bounce back.

11.45 – Grenadine
12.20 – Baaqy
12.55 – Stars In The Sky
1.30 – Critical Time
2.05 – Surf Dancer
2.40 – Run Wild
3.15 – Lord North
3.45 – Roseman
4.15 – Presidential

Newmarket are racing on Saturday


(2.10) CAID DU LIN (6/1, Bet365) found only one too good on his reappearance at Chepstow last month, and with that run under his belt then Dr Richard Newland’s charge can go one place better here.

A dual-winner over fences last term, scoring at Worcester and here last November where he beat the reopposing Speredek, he was subsequently absent until returning at Cheltenham to contest the Grand Annual Chase, after which he went close to a return to winning ways back at this venue.

Possibly amiss at Aintree although likely to have been out of his depth in the Grade One Maghull Novices’ Chase, he found only The Bay Birch too good by three lengths on his return and likely to be much sharper now he could get back to winning ways from just 1lb higher in the ratings at a venue where he has a good record over fences.

(3.20) MISTER MALARKY (7/1, Paddy Power) showed progressive form over fences last term following his debut win at Plumpton, and although he was beaten next time out at Newbury he went on to register further scores at Newbury and here when successful in the Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase.

Colin Tizzard’s charge was thought good enough on the back of that latest win to contest the RSA Chase where he wasn’t disgraced in finishing fourth, and he again acquitted himself well in defeat behind Kildisart at Aintree on his final start.

The Malinas gelding won on his reappearance last term, and although he is 3lbs higher in the weights for this first run of the new campaign compared to his last run out at Aintree he could be capable of finding some further improvement in this sphere where he can go close, and he ought to make his presence felt.

12.25 – Northofthewall
1.00 – Ecco
1.35 – Cervaro Mix
2.10 – Caid Du Lin
2.45 – Jolly’s Cracked It
3.20 – Mister Malarky
3.55 – Castledhem


(1.10) SPORTING PRESS (5/2, Bet365) won his first two starts over fences, scoring at Musselburgh and Kelso before shaping as if amiss at Sedgefield in April.

Keith Dalgleish’s charge possibly needed the run when finishing fifth on his reappearance at Kelso in September, but he ran better next time at Carlise last month and could progress again. He was beaten around eight lengths into third on that occasion behind Le Frank.

Those starts ought to have him spot on now, and he won on his only previous attempt at this trip so could be worth chancing from 1lb lower in the handicap to get back on the scoresheet.

(2.15) TAKINGRISKS (4/1, Bet365) won this race last year from a much lower mark, but Nicky Richards’ charge switched to chasing immediately after that success where he ran a series of good races which included wins at Carlisle and Ayr, the latter of which saw him win the Scottish Grand National.

The Golden Tornado gelding has plenty of winning form to call upon, and he won’t be fazed by a return to timber on his reappearance where he sets out on the same path as twelve months ago.

He is much higher in the weights now, but he appeared to be a late bloomer last term, progressing well despite his advancing age, and if he can continue on similar path then he could strike again.

12.35 – Stainsby Girl
1.10 – Sporting Press
1.40 – Blakerigg
2.15 – Takingrisks
2.50 – Smiths Cross
3.25 – Martila
4.00 – Style Nelson

Keith Dalgleish can get amongst the winners at Ayr on Saturday

Keith Dalgleish can get amongst the winners at Ayr on Saturday


(1.50) JANIDIL (5/1, William Hill) has shaped well in both starts over hurdles for Willie Mullins following his move from France where he was trained by Guy Cherel and placed in a Listed contest at Auteuil.

Runner-up on his debut for Mullins back on New Years’ Day at Tramore, he subsequently found some improvement for that run to win at Tipperary next time out, returning from nine months off the track to beat Tiger Voice readily by three lengths.

This will be tougher, but he is certainly capable of improvement and may well take a forward step here to do better still.

(2.25) Only five runners go to post for this Grade One, but DELTA WORK (2/1, William Hill) can register aother success and collect this prize for Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown.

The Network gelding is one of a trio of runners in the race to sport the famous maroon silks, and the smart hurdler took his form to a new level over fences last season with four wins from five starts, with his sole defeat coming in the RSA Chase where a late mistake proved costly.

Despite that setback, he quickly returned to winning ways in the Punchestown Champion Novice Chase, beating Discorama and Cheltenham Festival winner A Plus Tard readily.

He won on his only previous visit to this venue last term, which came on his reappearance, and he could well take another forward step this term over fences so there looks to be every chance that he can come out on top in this contest where he could cement his Gold Cup credentials.

12.40 – Saint D’oroux
1.15 – Envoi Allen
1.50 – Janidil
2.25 – Delta Work
2.55 – Real Steel
3.30 – Frankly All Talk
4.05 – Easywork

Delta Work can win the Grade One feature race at Down Royal on Saturday

Delta Work can win the Grade One feature race at Down Royal on Saturday


(1.55) LADY BUTTONS (15/8, Ladbrokes) went from strength to strength last term over hurdles and fences, winning four times which included on her reappearance in this race, and Phil Kirby’s charge can get back on the winning trail.

The Benefical mare followed up her success over Mystic Sky in this race to strike twice over fences at Newbury and Doncaster before returning to timber to beat Indefatigable back at Doncaster.

Subsequently far from disgraced in the Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, eventually finishing fourth, she then found only one too good back over fences at Aintree prior to a summer break.

Having run well fresh in the past, this looks a decent opportunity for her to get back on the scoresheet and she ought to prove a tough nut to crack in this contest.

(3.40) Definitely Red won this twelve months ago, and the Brian Ellison team are flying so the defending champion has to be of interest on his reappearance.

However, Nigel Twiston-Davies also has his runners in good fettle, and BALLYOPTIC (6/1, Bet365) might be worth siding with to follow up his recent win at Chepstow on his reappearance where the Old Vic gelding saw off Lil Rockerfeller and others to score by an easy nine lengths.

The nine-year old hasn’t always fully convinced with his jumping of fences, but he is capable when every thing clichs and he won twice during the 2017/18 season which included the Grade Two Towton Novices’ Chase over this course and distance before later going down only by a nose behind Joe Farrell in that season’s Scottish Grand National.

Things didn’t go to plan for him last term, and he failed to complete in three of his four starts with his only completed outing coming behind Elegant Escape in the Welsh Grand National where he was attempting to give the winner 4lbs.

But, having made a winning return to action in the Native River Chase, he could make full use of his fitness advantage over this field, and with his yard continuing in form he can follow up that recent success.

12.50 – Renwick
1.20 – Cougar’s Gold
1.55 – Lady Buttons
2.30 – Thebannerkingrebel
3.05 – Le Breuil
3.40 – Ballyoptic
4.10 – The Knot Is Tied


(6.00) GUVENOR’S CHOICE (7/2, Paddy Power) hasn’t won for a good while, but he’s been running on turf since joining this yard from Karl Burke, and the Intikhab gelding could be worth chancing to post a better effort switching back to the all-weather.

Now with Marjorie Fife, he boasts a fair all-weather record with several efforts in the frame down through the seasons, but he hasn’t added to his tally since winning at Wolverhampton back on Boxing Day 2017.

He might be worth a second look however on his first visit to Chelmsford and a return to an artificial surface, and despite being out of sorts on turf he is weighted to run well back on polytrack dropping into a seller.

(6.30) FIRST IN LINE (5/2, William Hill) won on his only previous start on the all-weather when successful at Lingfield back in June, and John Gosden’s charge followed up that win with a turf success at Doncaster where he ran out a six lengths’ winner.

He has since found only one too good in starts at York and Newmarket latterly, finishing behing Trueshan on the last occasion, and that one has since boosted the form with a subsequent win.

The New Approach colt returns to the all-weather where he is thoroughly unexposed, and with a good 3lbs claimer up in Cieran Fallon then he could well get back to winning ways here.

4.30 – Falacho
5.00 – Desert Peace
5.30 – Persia
6.00 – Guvenor’s Choice
6.30 – First In Line
7.00 – Lalania
7.30 – Parknacilla
8.00 – Letmestopyouthere