Saturday horse racing best bets – Tips for all the day’s UK racecards
Saturday horse racing best bets and tips across the day’s UK racecards
While Royal Ascot bears the brunt of the day’s attention with its’ final day racecard, there are meetings going to post elsewhere around the country and we’ve picked out our Saturday horse racing best bets for the rest of Saturday.
The 2021 Royal Ascot Festival enters its’ fifth and final day on Saturday and another top-class racecard dominates the day’s half-dozen fixtures that go to post throughout the afternoon and into the evening.
In addition to Royal Ascot, Saturday afternoon also hosts afternoon flat racing from the cards at Newmarket on the July Course as well as Redcar; while Perth are racing over the sticks in the afternoon.
The evening racing action meanwhile sees turf racing from Lingfield on the level while Haydock are also racing on the flat on Saturday evening. We’ve looked over all of the day’s racing action to pick out our Saturday horse racing best bets.
SATURDAY HORSE RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR THE DAY’S RACEMEETINGS ACROSS THE UK
1:30 Perth – Auto Services Perth Ltd Handicap Chase Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 2m
FOURTH OF JULY won twice last term following wind surgery and the Salutino gelding is taken to get back on the scoresheet here.
Mike Smith’s charge struck both wins at Kelso and he lost no caste in finishing third at Ayr in April in what was a better race behind Slanelough where he was running from out of the weights. He bounced back with a good second to Coole Well at Southwell last month where his chance was compromised by a mistake two out when still challenging.
The third from that race boosted the form and he could go close here from an unchanged mark to resume winning ways.
2:10 Newmarket – MansionBet’s Summer Of Lovely Offers Handicap (Jockey Club Grassroots Flat Stayers Series Qualifier) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-85) 1m6f
SPANISH KISS had done all his running on the all-weather prior to landing a breakthrough success switched to turf at York last month and William Jarvis’ charge might be worth chancing to follow up that success here.
The Lope De Vega gelding had only once finished out of the frame on the all-weather including on his seasonal return at Lingfield in April; but he stepped up for that run when running out a three lengths’ victor over Live Your Dream, travelling well in the race and scoring readily. That runner-up has since boosted the form with a next-time win while the sixth horse home has also won since.
He hasn’t been missed by the handicapper who has slapped him with a 9lbs rise in the weights, but he’s unexposed on turf and could have more to offer while the easing of the ground will suit given how he travelled on soft ground last time out and no surprise if he were to go close here.
2:45 Newmarket – MansionBet’s Betstival Beaten By A Head Fillies’ Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-75) 6f
LIBERTINE BELLE showed some improvement for the fitting of a tongue-strap at Lingfield at the beginning of this month, finding only one too good in Ancient Times, beating a subsequent winner in the process and the Helmet filly was a next-time winner herself when beating Liberty Bay at Goodwood last Friday by a half-length.
Stuart Williams’ charge won a shade cosily that day, value for more than the half-length winning margin and the runner-up boosted the form on Friday when successful at Newmarket.
The selection is up 4lbs for that latest win but there could sill be more to come if the headgear continues to supply a positive effect and she can continue to make her presence felt here with another victory.
3:05 Ascot – Jersey Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo) 7f
MUTASAABEQ could be worth chancing to bounce back from his 2000 Guineas defeat where he could only finish seventh behind Poetic Flare although he ran better than the bare result that day and could progress with the softer conditions holding no fears for Charlie Hills’ charge.
The Invincible Spirit colt was ridden prominently in the colts’ Classic, keeping on well but unable to find a change of gear on the quicker ground. This softer surface will suit and he won his debut on heavy ground so can do better.
He also struck a good win over three rivals at Newmarket in April on his return, running out a six lengths’ winner in a good time and looking a colt of real potential. He can do better dropping back into a Group Three from the top level he contested last time and with the return to seven furlongs another plus he can go close here.
3:00 Redcar – Free Month Of RacingTV Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 7f
CRUYFF TURN has won two of his last three starts at Nottingham and Leicester latterly, bouncing back from a lesser run in soft ground at Musselburgh to score readily by almost four lengths over Visibility.
Tim Easterby’s charge made all that day and was well on top at the line, the form since being franked by the fifth and the Dutch Art gelding could yet have more to come despite being hit with 8lbs rise in the weights for that success.
He seemed well-suited to the more aggressive tactics employed last time and he could continue to progress if building on that performance where he can win again.
3:10 Perth – Support The IJF injuredjockeys.co.uk Handicap Hurdle Cl5 (4yo+ 0-105) 3m
SMART GETAWAY might be worth chancing here with Olly Murphy’s charge arriving on the back of a good second place effort at Market Rasen on his return from 18 months off, chasing home Made For You under this rider.
The Getaway mare had made a winning debut from this yard at Southwell back in July 2019 and finished runner-up in two subsequent outings before shaping as if amiss at Southwell.
Given plenty of time to recover from that comeback effort she contests here from the same mark but takes a slight ease in grade and the step up in trip should suit so no surprise if she were to go close here.
5:00 Ascot – Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+ 0-110) 6f
Tough to know how the heavy rain will affect the draw for this cavalry charge with higher numbers having had the best of the week. However it might be worth chancing on ROHAAN continuing his remarkable progress to win for the fourth time in five starts.
David Evans’ charge has now won six times since joining from George Scott and finds himself 57lbs higher in the weights since registering the first of those victories at Newcastle last December. His most recent victory came when holding on to the line to deny Dragon Symbol in the Group Two Sandy Lane Stakes and back in a handicap there could still be more to come.
He’ll need things to drop right for him given his style of running, but he’s sure to get a strong pace to aim at and assuming the draw works in his favour he continue his improvement to land this valuable handicap prize.
6:50 Lingfield – Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-75) 1m3½f
TAMARIS might be worth chancing for Gary Moore and the lightly-raced Dansili gelding could get back to winning ways here.
He’s had just four runs on the flat, scoring on the all-weather at Wolverhampton on his final start for Roger Charlton prior to joining this yard where he went hurdling. He made the frame in three of four starts over timber, latterly at Fontwell in May and back on the level and on turf he could come home in front.
The handicapper raised him 8lbs for that Wolverhampton win last time on the flat but his young claimer can take off 7lbs so he’s effectively only 1lb higher here and if he can reproduce his hurdling form back in this sphere then he could go close and he looks a fair each-way prospect.
7:35 Haydock – Casumo Proud To Support British Racing Handicap Cl4 (3yo 0-80) 1m
REALIST got off the mark in good style on his reappearance at Chelmsford in April, readily seeing off Kabuto by almost five lengths and Michael Bell’s charge can get back on track here.
The Camelot colt was denied only by a half-length next time at Redcar before finishing a good fifth to subsequent Royal Ascot winner Surefire latest at Leicester where he lost both his front shoes and a line can perhaps be drawn through that effort.
That form took a big boost on Thursday and he’s been dropped 2lbs in the weights following his last run; while Dylan Hogan can claim a further 3lbs so he is handicapped to go well assuming the drop to one mile doesn’t prove too sharp for him.