Saturday 26 October horse racing tips – Bailey’s 3/1 chance looks just Dandy for Kelso success on reappearance

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

A busy Saturday of seven UK and Irish horse racing meetings take place with the second day of the Cheltenham Showcase Meeting taking centre stage; while there is also further jumps racing at Kelso and Galway in Ireland.

Meanwhile, on the flat there is Group Three action at Newbury, while the Group One Vertem Futurity Trophy takes centre stage on Doncaster’s racecard. There is also Group Three action on the card in Ireland at Leopardstown.

The evening action on the all-weather on Saturday comes from Chelmsford who are racing on their polytrack surface.

Kelso (jumps) – 1.15 – 5.15pm (8 races)

Leopardstown (flat) – 1.20 – 4.50pm (7 races)

Newbury (flat) – 1.40 – 5.05pm (7 races)

Doncaster (flat) – 1.45 – 5.10pm (7 races)

Cheltenham (jumps) – 2.00 – 5.30pm (7 races)

Galway (jumps) – 2.05 – 5.35pm (7 races)

Chelmsford (flat, aw) – 5.25 – 8.30pm (7 races)



(2.25) KATALYSTIC (7/4, Bet365) stepped up on earlier efforts to get off the mark at Perth last month, and the Kalanisi gelding can follow up here with a repeat of that effort.

Lucinda Russell’s charge was making his return from 133 days off the track when running out an eight lengths’ winner over The Boola Bee, jumping well from the front under a forceful ride and a subsequent 9lbs rise in the weights might not prove enough of a barrier to further success.

The runner-up from that Perth success has boosted the form with a subsequent win, and likely to be sharper for his reappearance then he could prove a tough nut to crack here.

(3.00) DANDY DAN (3/1, William Hill) won this race twelve months ago as the middle leg of a hat-trick of wins, and Kim Bailey’s charge could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet here.

Also a winner at Bangor and Ayr either side of his course success, the Midnight Legend gelding was last seen sporting first-time cheekpieces alongside his usual tongue-tie when finding only Molly The Dolly too strong by four lengths, and the 3lbs rise he carries for that near-miss is negated by the claim of Ned Curtis.

He has won all his starts when returning from absences of more than 120 days, and while he possibly just needs a shade more he could go well nonetheless here.

1.15 – Highway Companion

1.50 – An Fear Ciuin

2.25 – Katalystic

3.00 – Dandy Dan

3.35 – Christmas In Usa

4.10 – Las Tunas

4.40 – Calivigny

5.15 – Farocco


Lucinda Russell can saddle a winner at Kelso on Saturday



(1.55) MCCABE (5/2, William Hill) bumped into one on debut at Gowran Park last month, finishing runner-up behind Mythical but proving no match for the winner having been thumped by eight lengths.

The New Approach colt has seen that form done no harm since with the winner since running well in a Group Three contest, and Jim Bolger’s charge is entiteld to improve for the experience.

He was conceding experience to both the winner and third on that occasion, but he shaped with plenty of ability and he’s likely to progress for the run so could be capable of better still.

(3.05) PINCHECK (15/8, Bet365) wasn’t seen to best effect in the recent Darley Stakes at Newmarket, but Jessica Harrington’s Invincible Spirit gelding can get back on the scoresheet here after a string of creditable efforts.

Third in the Group Two Boomerang Stakes, he bumped into the smart Up Helly Aa in Listed company at Cork at the beginning of the month, and he sets an exacting standard on the pick of his form as he drops back into Listed company here.

The application of cheekpieces could aid some improvement, and this looks a decent opportunity for him to get back to winning ways.

1.20 – Ediyva

1.55 – Mccabe

2.30 – Azila

3.05 – Pincheck

3.40 – Mean Fomhair

4.15 – Justifier

4.50 – Future Proof

5.20 – Aussie Valentine


(2.20) MORANDO (5/2, Paddy Power) and Young Rascal dead-heated in this contest twelve months ago, and the pair reoppose again with Andrew Balding’s charge taken to come out on top on his own this time around.

The Kendargent gelding is well-suited by a soft surface as he showed when returning to action following that run in this race last year with an easy eight lengths’ defeat of Kew Gardens in testing conditions at Chester, and although he struggled to get competitive in Group One and Group Two contests on better ground he has since bounced back with better efforts returned to more suitable conditions the last twice.

He found only Technician too strong when attempting to win the Geoffrey Freer Stakes over a longer trip back in August, beaten less than one length but the pair were clear of the rest; he subsequently returned to winning ways when routing opposition in the Group Three Cumberland Lodge Stakes earlier in the month, scoring by six lengths easily.

With Young Rascal returning from a six month layoff having been gelded, and the race perhaps coming too soon for Royal Line who appeared a non-stayer last Saturday in the Long Distance Cup, he looks the most solid option to collect another big prize and he can win again here.

(2.50) KINROSS (6/5, Ladbrokes) bolted up on his debut at Newmarket earlier in the month, travelling strongly before showing a smart turn of foot to rout rivals by eight lengths, and Ralph Beckett’s charge could prove a tough nut to crack with the promise of more to come in the wake of that outing.

The Kingman colt beat subsequent winner Raaeb and others, overcoming a slow start and racing keenly early to quickly show his credentials when asked to improve by jockey Harry Bentley, and he looks one to keep on the right side of on that evidence.

The heavy ground is an unknown, but there was some juice in the Newmarket turf on that debut so there is hope that the conditions won’t catch him out, and if he can handle the much deeper surface here then he could prove a tough nut to crack with the potential for significant improvement in the wake of that first outing.

1.40 – Smokey Bear

2.20 – Morando

2.50 – Kinross

3.20 – Tacitly

3.55 – Afraid Of Nothing

4.30 – Kuwait Currency

5.05 – Albert’s Back

5.35 – Percy Prosecco


Kinross bolted up at Newmarket on debut and can strike again



(1.45) ART POWER (5/1, Bet365) stepped up on a promising debut third at Newcastle in September to rout opposition in soft ground at York earlier in the month, and Tim Easterby’s charge can progress again to double up his win tally here.

The Dark Angel colt demolished rivals by five lengths in that success, beating Minhaaj and others easily and looking a smart prospect in the process as he quickened up well to put the race to bed having struck the front entering the last furlong.

That win was over five furlongs, but he should have no issue with this extra furlong and having proven himself in the conditions he can take another forward step here to follow up on that last-time success.

(3.25) Mogul could prove a tough nut to crack on the back of his recent Group Two success, but at odds-on he doesn’t make much appeal in the betting and it could be worth siding with INNISFREE (4/1, Paddy Power) to make his stablemate work hard for the win.

Aidan O’Brien trains five of the six runners in this latest renewal, four of which are by Galileo, and the selection comes into the race having also won a Group Two contest latest, scoring in the Beresford Stakes with a defeat of Shekhem in heavy ground at the Curragh.

He had beaten the same rival on good ground earlier however at Galway over seven furlongs, and a line through Dermot Weld’s charge doesn’t leave him with much to find on his more fancied stablemate.

The better ground here will be no issue, and he looked a potential stayer in that Beresford Stakes success where having travelled well into the contest he briefly hit a flat-spot before staying on strongly to grind down the runner-up. He has the potential for better still, and the stiff Doncaster mile could well suit so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him post a big run.

1.45 – Art Power

2.15 – Know No Limits

2.55 – Tammooz

3.25 – Innisfree

4.00 – Mr Lupton

4.35 – Alemaratalyoum

5.10 – Reloaded


(3.10) KNOCKNANUSS (7/1, William Hill) could be worth chancing dropping back into handicap company to regain the winning thread, and Gary Moore’s charge wasn’t disgraced towards the end of last season taking in Graded races here and at Aintree where he finished fifth in both the Arkle Chase and the Maghull Chase.

The Beneficial gelding wasa faller on his chase debut at Plumpton but quickly showed a good level of ability over fences with back-to-back wins at Fakenham and Newbury prior to chasing home Master Dino back at Plumpton.

Not unfancied for the Irish Arkle, he was an early faller in that race, and while he has finished well-beaten in both subsequent outings, he ought to find this return to handicapping more suitable where he could have scope from his mark of 144.

He has gone well fresh in the past, winning on his stable debut back in May 2017 following a lengthy absence, and he could go well here on his reappearance.

(4.20) THE BUTCHER SAID (7/4, Ladbrokes) showed plenty of progressive form over timber last term, winning four on the spin following his return to action where he finished runner-up at Market Rasen, and Olly Murphy’s charge can pick up where he left off.

The Robin Des Champs gelding has been galvanised by a wind operation, and he built on his reappearance to reel off wins at Huntingdon, Cartmel, Fontwell and Newton Abbot latterly where he ran out an easy ten lengths’ winner over Fleur Du Weld.

He wasn’t always foot-perfect in that contest, and he perhaps made harder work of landing long odds-on than ideal. But he could still have better to come, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him find another jolt of improvement, especially with this step up in trip likely to suit.

Adrian Heskin is again in the saddle having steered the lightly-raced six-year old to all four of his successes, and the pair can combine for further success with both jockey and trainer in good form.

2.00 – The Young Master

2.35 – Quel Destin

3.10 – Knocknanuss

3.45 – Neverbeen To Paris

4.20 – The Butcher Said

4.55 – Secret Investor

5.30 – The Newest One


Knocknanuss can win the feature Randox Health Handicap Chase



(4.25) CLOUDY MORNING (7/1, Bet365) is very much in the veteran stage now in his career, but the Cloudings gelding has been a very late bloomer and arrives here at the top of his game following a string of good results over hurdles and fences, as well as between the flags.

Declan Queally’s charge was last seen finishing runner-up behind the smart Ordinary World over fences at Ballinrobe in September, beaten around three lengths, but he returns to the smaller obstacles here from a mark which may not prove beyond him given his current rich vein of form.

2.05 – Sacchoandvanzetti

2.40 – A Different World

3.15 -Visioman

3.50 – Davy’s Dilemma

4.25 – Cloudy Morning

5.00 – Dragon Queen

5.35 – Don Diablo


(6.00) BOBBY BISCUIT (13/8, William Hill) scored on the Kempton polytrack last January when trained by Simon Dow, and while the Scat Daddy gelding wasn’t able to back up that success in subsequent starts for that handler, he found a jolt of improvement having joined Roger Varian to score at Lingfield latest.

That was his first run in eight months, but he appeared to score a shade readily and there may be more in the locker to come on the back of that success.

He’s only 3lbs higher in the weights here, but given that he remains open to improvement for his new yard and he should strip fitter for that reappearance then he can follow up here with a repeat.

(7.00) FANTASTIC FLYER (12/1, Paddy Power) wasn’t seen to best effect at Kempton last time out, but Dean Ivory’s filly had won over course and distance on his previous outing and could bounce back returned to this venue.

Also a winner here in April, she finished fifth on that last outing where she was beaten just over one length behind Busby, just failing to last home. That form has since been boosted by the fourth going on to score next time out, and racing off the same mark here she could post a big run.

3-4 under this rider, she has responded well to the application of cheekpieces, and she might be capable of going close despite stepping up into a Class 4 contest.

4.50 – Lyricist Voice

5.25 – Prince Rock

6.00 – Bobby Biscuit

6.30 – Harbour Vision

7.00 – Fantastic Flyer

7.30 – Ignatius

8.00 – Cheer The Title

8.30 – Born To Reason