Saturday best bets 25 July – Expert tips for Ascot, Newmarket, York and Doncaster

Saturday best bets at Doncaster, York, Ascot and Newmarket.Saturday best bets at Doncaster, York, Ascot and Newmarket.

A classy Saturday of horse racing action goes to post with four meetings across the UK headed up by Ascot’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. We look over each of the day’s meetings to give our Saturday best bets at Ascot, Newmarket, York and Doncaster.

There’s plenty of high-class horse racing action to look forward to on Saturday with four meetings heading to post spearheaded by Ascot and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes takes centre-stage.

Elsewhere in the afternoon the Group Two York Stakes heads up the card on the Knavesmire at York; while Newmarket are racing on the July Course.

There is also evening racing going to post with a fixture on the flat at Doncaster. The best of the action from Ascot and York will be shown live on ITV Racing.


1:50 Ascot – BetfredTV Pat Eddery Stakes (Listed Race) (Formerly The Winkfield Stakes) Cl1 (2yo) 7f

This can go the way of SAEIQA who has looked a very useful sort in both starts, finishing third each time which includes in the recent Coventry Stakes,

The Shalaa colt caught the eye running on and a subsequent winner has since come out of the race so the form looks solid with John Gosden’s charge expected to improve further and this extra furlong could well prove a catalyst for better to come.

The form of his two runs to date arguably set the standard and no surprise if he were to get heavily involved in the finish.

2:40 York – Sky Bet York Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m2½f

ELARQAM returns to defend the title he won twelve months ago and Mark Johnston’s Frankel horse is likely to prove a tough nut to crack.

A three-time winner last term which included this race, he ran a blinder in the Juddmonte International subsequently, finishing third, and he was hampered at Leopardstown on his final run of the campaign in the Irish Champion Stakes.

There was no disgrace in losing out to Lord North on his return in the rescheduled Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Haydock where Telecaster finished third; and he was a non-stayer when last seen in the Hardwicke Stakes.

Back over a more suitable trip he can make amends and win this race for the second successive year.

Elarqam is one of our Saturday best bets and can win a second York Stakes.

Elarqam is one of our Saturday best bets and can win a second York Stakes.

2:50 Newmarket – Alborada Trust Fillies’ Novice Stakes Cl5 (3yo+) 1m

DECLARING LOVE bumped into the high-class Daahyeh on her debut here last May, finishing just over two lengths’ third and Charlie Appleby’s charge returned from a lengthy absence in the wake of that run to find only one too good over course and distance two weeks ago.

The Dubawi filly finished four lengths’ adrift of Stunning Beauty, perhaps just undoing her winning chance by racing keenly and she possibly just failed to get home. She’ll be sharper now though and is likely to improve for the run.

She looks worth sticking with to find another jolt of progress on the back of that run and she can make it third time lucky here.

4:20 Doncaster – British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes (Plus 10 Race) Cl5 (2yo) 7f

LOST IN SPACE shaped with some ability on his debut at Yarmouth last month, looking in need of the experience in finishing fourth behind Imperial Yellow where he was beaten around three lengths.

John Gosden’s charge built on that performance to find only one too good next time at Salisbury and with the potential for better still the Dark Angel colt can make it third time lucky.

He was caught on the line in that Salisbury near-miss which came over this trip and he was only beaten a head. The fourth has since run well in Listed company and he can get off the mark at the third attempt.