Saturday horse racing best bets – Tips for Ascot, Stratford, Catterick, Market Rasen and Wolverhampton
Saturday’s horse racing action in the UK sees five meetings going to post including a cracking card at Ascot. We’ve looked through all five of the day’s racing fixtures and pick out our Saturday horse racing best bets at each meeting.
It may be all about Qipco British Champions’ Day at Ascot on Saturday, but the day sees five meetings in all going to post including the feature meeting at Ascot where four Group Ones will unfold on their six-race card.
Also taking place on Saturday is a flat fixture on turf at Catterick; while over the sticks there are fixtures at Stratford and Market Rasen. Completing the Saturday line-up of UK fixtures is an evening all-weather racecard under the floodlights at Wolverhampton.
We’ve looked through each of the day’s fixtures and have picked out our Saturday horse racing best bets and tips across all five meetings as we go in search for more winners.
SATURDAY HORSE RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR ASCOT, STRATFORD, CATTERICK, MARKET RASEN & WOLVERHAMPTON
1:55 Ascot – Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo+) 6f
ONE MASTER drops back to six furlongs for the first time since finishing runner-up in this race twelve months ago and with these conditions ideal for the son of Fastnet Rock he is fancied to go one better.
William Haggas’ charge is a dual-winner this term, scoring at Glorious Goodwood and most recently at Longchamp when landing a Prix de la Foret treble with a defeat of the classy Earthlight under this rider.
A relatively quick turnarount is a slight worry but it was a similar scenario twelve months ago and he can make his presence felt again here with no concerns over the ground. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see a big run from him and he ought to go close.
2:30 Ascot – Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4f
Hollie Doyle’s record-breaking season could get even better with a Group One success on DAME MALLIOT and the Champs Elysees filly can get back to winning ways here.
The filly looked a very nice prospect when winning twice last term which included the Group Two Prix du Pomone at Deauville and she might have found the ground on the quick side when disappointing in the Park Stakes on her final run of the campaign.
Ed Vaughn’s charge got back on the winning trail when impressively taking the Prince Of Wales’s Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket in July and ran well in defeat when just touched off in a German Group one before being last seen tackling the Prix Vermeille where she had a couple of these behind including subsequent Group One winner Wonderful Tonight.
She finished third again on that occasion behind high-class duo Tarnawa and Raabihah, and the form was boosted by the winner scoring on Arc Weekend. These conditions should hold no fears for her and the form of that Group One in France is very strong; she gave reopposing Wonderful Tonight 8lbs and a length beating and meet the same rival 3lbs better off so ought to confirm the places.
A big player in this contest she can get back on the winning trail.
2:35 Catterick – EBF/William Hill Extra Places Every Day Fillies’ Novice Stakes (Plus 10/GBB Race) Cl5 (2yo) 7f
HAVEN LADY shaped better than the bare result when finishing fourth at Newcastle on her debut and with that experience under her belt the Belardo filly can get off the mark at the second attempt.
Green and keen early in that contest, she warmed to her task and got better as the race progressed and she ran on well from the back to finish a never-near fourth. It was a performance of real promise and there’s likely to be better to come from John Quinn’s charge who should be much sharper and streetwise this time around.
These conditions ought not to present too much of a problem given her sire won a Group One in the mud and likely to know more this time around on the back of her introduction she holds solid claims of striking at the second attempt and should go close.
2:53 Stratford – Pragnell Gold Cup Handicap Chase Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m5f
FRANCKY DU BERLAIS mixed hurdling and chasing to fair effect last campaign, making the frame several times in both disciplines although he failed to add to his winning tally.
Peter Bowen’s charge had struck his last win when successful over hurdles at Worcester back in September 2018, but he’s been largely consistent since and looked as good as good as ever when making a winning return to action following ten months off when beating Galileo Silver over hurdles at Newton Abbot last month and the Saint Des Saints gelding can double up back over fences.
He’s a capable sort over the larger obstacles and this better ground suits so he could make his presence felt in this contest where he’s only 1lb higher in the ratings in this sphere; while he won one of his previous hurdles starts from higher than this mark.
If he can translate his best hurdles form back over the larger obstacles then there’s every chance he can go close here.
3:21 Market Rasen – MansionBet Faller Insurance Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-140) 2m4½f
It might be worth giving a chance to DREAM BERRY who tends to run his best races when fresh and the Dream Well gelding takes a drop in class ahead of his latest return.
Jonjo O’Neill’s charge finished a good runner-up on his seasonal bow last term at Sandown but was unable to back that up when next seen contesting the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival. He’s not the most consistent of performers and can throw in the odd shocker; but he won two of his first four starts for this yard and made the frame in a trio of good races earlier in his career including a Grade Three at Aintree so he certainly has the ability to feature.
This mark is workable ahead of his return and with a good 7lbs claimer up to help ease his burden at the weights dropping in grade then he ought to go well on his reappearance; while he is 2-2 at this venue which is another plus allied with his record fresh and every chance of a big run on his return for a yard that has started the campaign quite well.
6:30 Wolverhampton – Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-60) 2m½f
For a seven-year old MIZEN MASTER is still relatively lightly-raced on the level having spent a good chunk of his career over fences and Olly Murphy’s charge can continue his good run of form to collect this prize.
The Captain Rio gelding had been off the track for more than 620 days when making a promising return to action on the level at Bath back in August, eventually finishing fourth in an amateur riders’ contest; he then stepped up on that effort to get back on the scoresheet over course and distance when beating Arietta by three parts of a length.
Suited by the strong pace he won a shade comfortably on that occasion and while that form has taken a couple of knocks he remains feasibly weighted having been pushed up only 2lbs by the assessor. Given her relative low-mileage for one of her age, there may yet be more to come from her and she’s unexposed still on an artificial surface so looks worth chancing to follow up here.