Saturday horse racing best bets – Tips for the day’s UK flat and jumps fixtures

Sunday racing best bets. Kelso and Uttoxeter stage the day's racing meetings.Sunday racing best bets. Kelso and Uttoxeter stage the day's racing meetings.

Saturday horse racing best bets and tips

Plenty more horse racing action is on the agenda on Saturday with fixtures going to post over the sticks and on the flat; our tipping team pick out their Saturday horse racing best bets and tips for each meeting.

This Saturday sees five meetings going to post around the UK with racing action taking place both on the flat and over the sticks and 37 races in all will unfold throughout the course of the day and into the evening.

Saturday’s flat racing action sees the curtain fall on the flat season at Doncaster where it all kicked off back in March and the November Handicap is the feature of the day on Town Moor; while there is some classy jumps racing action going to post at Kelso, as well as Aintree and Wincanton where highlights include the Grand Sefton Chase over the Grand National fences at the Merseyside venue and also the Grade Two Elite Hurdle and competitive Badger Beer Chase on the agenda at the Somerset track.

Our tipping team take a look over the day’s fixture list to pick out their Saturday horse racing best bets and tips.


1:08 Aintree – Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Hurdle Series Qualifier) (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 3m½f

REMASTERED might be worth chancing back over hurdles on his reappearance and David Pipe’s charge has gone well fresh in the past so may be capable of a big run here.

The Network gelding won three times over fences last term in a light campaign – all on testing ground – which included victory in a Grade Two at Ascot prior to posting a solid fifth to Galvin in the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

He’s proven himself to be a better chaser than hurdler, but he has won twice in this sphere and makes his return to the smaller obstacles racing from a good mark and with rain in the weather forecast the ground could come right for him.

Given his record fresh where he’s won twice following absences in excess of 200 days he can post a big run on his return to action.

Wednesday horse racing tips. Trainer Jennie Candlish can get amongst the winners at Hexham.

Saturday horse racing best bets. Jennie Candlish can saddle a winner on the card at Kelso.

1:35 Kelso – Bruce Farms Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Stayers’ Hurdle Series Qualifier) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-130) 3m2f

The race fitness of HAPPY HOLLOW could prove an advantage in this stayers’ contest and Jennie Candlish’s charge can get back to winning ways here.

The Beat Hollow gelding doesn’t have many miles on the clock for a nine-year old and he showed steadily progressive form last term over hurdles which saw him win at Uttoxeter back in February before posting a good fourth on his final run of the campaign at Newcastle.

He did continue his progress when returning from a break at Hexham last month, beaten three lengths into the runner-up spot by Justatenner but he’ll be sharper now with that under his belt while the handicapper has left his mark alone.

He ought to go well here and he’s still quite unexposed over marathon trips so every chance of a big run with race fitness on his side and he can get back on the scoresheet here.

2:10 Kelso – Paxtons’ Borders Direct For Genuine Kverneland Wishing Well Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-130) 2m5½f

Lightly-raced SIRWILLIAMWALLACE could be the play in this handicap chase contest with Sandy Thompson’s charge making his return to action following a break having shaped well over fences last season.

The Getaway gelding twice finished third in a light campaign which included at this venue over slightly further than this trip before winning at Ayr in March, beating Kalaharry, and the ground might just have been a shade quick for him back there in April when fading into sixth behind One More Fleurie.

He’s proven capable fresh in the past and starts out this term on a mark that ought to leave him with some scope while the less strenuous stamina test will be more suitable. The prospect of some rain will hold no fears and every chance he can post a big run here.

2:15 Aintree – Betway Grand Sefton Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (6yo+) 2m5f

SENIOR CITIZEN is a chaser to keep on the right side of this season and the Tobougg gelding can follow up his recent return to winning ways with another success here.

Alan King’s charge has already proven adept over these obstacles, finishing seventh in this race twelve months ago and third in the more recent Topham Chase so a return to the Grand National fences will hold no fears.

He ran out a ready winner of a decent chase contest at Market Rasen last month, beating Guy by two lengths and jumping well throughout. There’s likely better still to come and so long as the ground doesn’t become to testing he can make light of a 5lbs rise to land the spoils again back over these fences.

Saturday horse racing best bets. Trainer Tim Easterby can saddle a winner on the final day of the flat season.

Saturday horse racing best bets. Trainer Tim Easterby can saddle a winner on the final day of the flat season.

2:40 Doncaster – Virgin Bet November Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 1m4f

DARK JEDI is holding is form well this term and Tim Easterby’s charge can get back on the scoresheet here.

The Kodiac gelding was a winner at Ripon in July and he’s proven consistent in defeat since, most recently beaten just a neck over course and distance in similar conditions by Aaddeey and a repeat of that effort would put him firmly in the mix again from just 2lbs higher in the handicap.

He hadn’t been seen to best effect the time before at York where he was hampered behind a subsequent Listed winner and he probably wouldn’t need to find too much improvement to play a part here and he can go well in a competitive handicap to bring the curtain down on the flat season.

3:35 Wincanton – Unibet Elite Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m7f

It is all or nothing with GOSHEN who while supremely talented has a mind of his own as he showed when proving totally unsteerable in the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and he took a fierce hold at Punchestown in the Paddy Power Champion Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival the following month, eventually finishing fifth.

Despite those notable blips Gary Moore’s charge did turn in one of the performances of the season over course and distance previous to those runs when romping to victory in the Kingwell Hurdle and it might be worth chancing the Authorized gelding to be on his best behaviour.

He has an excellent record when going right handed and while he certainly comes with risks he is capable of a bold show if the enigmatic character decides to he’s on a going day.

Saturday horse racing best bets. The enigmatic but talented Goshen could bounce back to winning ways at Wincanton.

Saturday horse racing best bets. The enigmatic but talented Goshen could bounce back to winning ways at Wincanton.

4:30 Chelmsford – Betfred Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 7f

TRUMBLE comes into this race on the back of a win last time out at this course last month and David Loughnane’s charge could be worth sticking with to repeat the feat.

The Power gelding had been out of sorts earlier in the season on turf and tapeta, but he’s 2-2 on polytrack and at this venue having also struck over course and distance last November.

That latest run came on the back of three months off having been disappointing at Chester the time before and he ran out a comfortable winner over Yimou, travelling well into the race and going clear to score easily.

He does have a 7lbs higher mark to contend with but given he’s lightly raced and unbeaten here there is still a fair chance that he has more to offer and every chance he can build on that recent victory here with another winning run.