Saturday horse racing best bets – Tips for Ascot, Haydock, Huntingdon, Lingfield and Wolverhampton
We give our Saturday horse racing best bets as five meetings go to post across the UK.
There’s plenty for punters to look forward to on Saturday with top-class racing action from Haydock and Ascot over the sticks in the afternoon including the Grade One Betfair Chase featuring Lostintranslation as Colin Tizzard bids to win the race for a second year in the Haydock showpiece.
Meanwhile Ascot’s card features two Grade Two races and there isalso further jumps racing from Huntingdon on Saturday afternoon.
In addition to the day’s trio of jumps racing fixtures there is also all-weather action in the afternoon from Lingfield, while the evening racing comes under the floodlights at Wolverhampton.
We’ve looked through each of the day’s racecards and we’ve picked out our Saturday horse racing best bets and tips throughout the afternoon and evening.
SATURDAY HORSE RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR ASCOT, HAYDOCK, HUNTINGDON, LINGFIELD & WOLVERHAMPTON
12:35 Lingfield – Bombardier British-Hopped Amber Beer Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-65) 7f
JACK RYAN finished fourth behind the reopposing Azets when the pair clashed here last month but John Ryan’s charge can gain revenge here.
The Harbour Watch gelding had won the time before on heavy ground at Yarmouth and his last couple of outings can be overlooked given one came over hurdles at Musselburgh while the trip was probably stretching him latest at Wolverhampton where he was apprentice ridden and arguably not seen to best effect.
He drops back markedly in trip for this outing and he sports refitted cheekpieces which could sharpen him up. Also handed the plum number one stall and with David Probert taking over he could post a better run over this more suitable distance.
12:40 Haydock – Betfair Supports Safer Gambling Week Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+ 0-145) 3m1½f
BOB MAHLER shaped as if in need of the run on his reappearance behind Frodon at Cheltenham last month but the Mahler gelding is taken to prove sharper for that outing where he can post a much better effort now he’s had a run.
Warren Greatrex’s charge ended last season in in good form winning the Edinburgh National at Musselburgh prior to posting a very good third at the Cheltenham Festival in the Kim Muir. He often needs a run to put him right and in historic seasons he has improved markedly for his first run.
That could again be the case here and softer ground holds no fears. He’s had wind surgery since that Cheltenham outing which could well aid his cause and with stamina assured he can post a big run with Paddy Brennan booked for this assignment.
12:55 Ascot – Play The Coral “Racing Super Series” Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-135) 3m
Point-to-point winner HOLD THAT TAUGHT made the perfect start to his time with Venetia Williams when successful at Lingfield on his hurdling debut twelve months ago and while he was unable to follow up that win he did run well in defeat in both subsequent runs.
The Kayf Tara gelding made a pleasing return to action last month back at Lingfield where he finished runner-up, beaten only a half-length behind Gleno on his chase debut and that form has been boosted by the winner going in again since.
He might just have needed the run given he hung left up the straight; but he kept on well and was squeezed for room late on so could arguably be considered an unlucky loser although the suspicion is he was held in any case.
It was a pleasing run though and only upped 4lbs he can improve for the experience and go one place better here.
1:23 Huntingdon – Best Odds Guaranteed At MansionBet Handicap Chase Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m4f
ROCK ON ROCCO got better with each start over hurdles last term, winning at the third attempt when beating Lady Of The Night over course and distance.
Tom George’s charge offered something to work on when finding only the reopposing Fairway Freddy too strong at Kempton last month, beaten two lengths but giving the winner weight and conceding race-fitness on what was his reappearance.
Likely to improve for that initial experience and the first run back in eight months he meets Nick Gifford’s reopposing rival on 4lbs better terms which ought to be enough to see the Shirocco gelding reverse that form and proven around this track he gets the vote to resume winning ways.
1:50 Haydock – Betfair Racing Only Bettor Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m3f
OUR POWER ran well for a long way on his reappearance in a competitive contest at Cheltenham during the Showcase meeting and Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge can improve for that run having possibly been found wanting for fitness late on.
The Power gelding had shown steadily progressive form last term following his switch from Alan King for whom he had won twice, finishing third both times at Kempton over the winter prior to getting off the mark for his new stable with a defeat of The Butcher Said back at the Sunbury track in March.
He travelled well at Cheltenham on his return, still firmly in the mix turning in to face the climb to the hill but he was unable to go through with his finishing effort and faded to finish sixth although only beaten four lengths.
Racing off the same mark and dropping back in trip he can build on that very promising outing and with the form looking decent with a subsequent winner coming out of the race he can go well here having likely been sharpened up by that outing.
3:17 Ascot – Coral Hurst Park Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m1f
Smart hurdler FIRST FLOW took his form up a level switched to chasing last term where he won four times which included a hat-trick of wins on his final three starts and he’s only once finished worse than second in any of his defeats over fences when possibly stretched by a longer trip.
A wide-margin winner at Doncaster in February he won a weak contest on the bridle at Carlisle when last seen but there’s a suspicion he could prove a good deal better and there’s surely better to come from Kim Bailey’s charge.
The Primary gelding has run well fresh in the past and handles soft ground well so assuming his in-form yard has him fully revved up for this reappearance then he ought to go well and he can resume where he left off last season despite this being a stronger contest.
5:00 Wolverhampton – Bombardier “March To Your Own Durm” Handicap (Div I) Cl5 (3yo+ 0-75) 1m½f
HARLOW hasn’t won since his debut when trained by Hugo Palmer but he’s proven largely consistent for his current handler Ian Williams and might be able to snap his losing streak here.
The Harlan’s Holiday gelding has made the frame in all starts this campaign and his last two outings on turf has seen him finish third both times latterly by just over two lengths behind Society Red at Chester.
He drops back in distance for this latest outing where cheekpieces replace a hood and the headgear change could deliver a jolt of improvement so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a big run with Jim Crowley up.