Saturday horse racing best bets – Tips for the day’s UK racing fixtures
Saturday horse racing best bets
Five meetings go to post on Saturday for what promises another cracking day of racing action around the country and we’ve picked out our Saturday horse racing best bets and tips for each meeting.
A top-class afternoon of racing action awaits punters on Saturday with five meetings heading to post around the country and there is some fantastic contests waiting to unfold with the likes of the July Cup spearheading the day’s fixture at Newmarket as the July Festival draws to a close.
Elsewhere there is flat racing at York where it is John Smith’s Cup day; while the Group Two Ascot Summer Mile Stakes is the main event of the afternoon at Ascot. Chester are also racing in the afternoon where the Listed City Plate is the feature on the Roodeye.
Closing out the Saturday action is an evening racing card at Hamilton and 35 races in all will head to post across the day’s quintet of racing fixtures. We’ve looked over all five racecards taking place to pick out our Saturday horse racing best bets and tips.
SATURDAY HORSE RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR THE DAY’S UK RACING FIXTURES
2:25 Ascot – betfred.com Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 1m6f
SPANISH KISS proved progressive on the all-weather without managing to get his head in front, but he finished in the frame four times before getting off the mark switched to turf at York in May where he ran out a ready winner over Live Your Dream, scoring by three lengths.
William Knight’s charge subsequently followed up with an even more impressive four lengths’ success at Newmarket last month when readily brushing aside American Gigolo and the Lope De Vega gelding can land the three-timer here.
He showed a good turn of foot when asked to put the race to bed latest and there’s surely more to come given he’s still relatively lightly-raced and unexposed on turf. The handicapper has hit him with a 8lbs rise in the weights which sees him go up grade, but he can continue to thrive and improve to win again.
2:50 Chester – Printworks Fillies’ Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-100) 6f
Conditions should be ideal for EY UP ITS MAGGIE to get back on the scoresheet and Tom Coyle’s charge ought to go close here.
The Equiano filly has scored both her wins to date on soft ground, scoring at Catterick last August before being tried in Pattern company with little success. She might have needed the run here on her reappearance in May and she’d run better in the wake of that outing, resuming winning ways when beating Yukon Mission at Carlisle in May.
That form has been boosted with the third and fourth horses home both winning since and his latest third place finish at York was also given a boost by the runner-up scoring next time. A subsequent 2lbs rise in the weights is manageable and the softer ground is in her favour so every chance of a big run despite the widest draw here.
3:00 Ascot – Betfred Summer Mile Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m
TILSIT won twice last term, landing a Group Three at Glorious Goodwood for the second of his wins before running a very creditable fourth to Kameko in the Shadwell Joel Stakes.
Charlie Hills’ charge has been beaten on both starts since following breaks, but the First Defence colt ran well in defeat latest when denied only by a head by Skalleti in the Group One Prix D’Ispahan at Longchamp in May and he should be sharper for that outing which came on the back of a three-month absence.
He’s only had six career starts so there’s a strong likelihood that he has better still to come and taking a slight drop back in class he can get back to winning ways in this contest.
3:15 Newmarket – bet365 Superlative Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (2yo) 7f
DHABAB is forgiven his run in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot where he met with trouble in running and still looked in need of the experience; but with this extra furlong expected to suit John and Thady Gosden’s charge he could improve to get back on the scoresheet.
The No Nay Never colt had been impressive on his first start at Leicester, running out a two lengths’ winner over Sweeping who has since ran fourth in a Listed contest and he was sent off favourite when tried in the Coventry Stakes only to finish sixth.
There’s likely better to come from him however as he gains further experience and this smaller field may suit him better. He’s expected to progress again over the extra furlong here and arguably the pick on form he looks worth another chance to bounce back from that Ascot effort with Dettori taking over.
3:25 Chester – Homeserve Back On Track City Plate Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f
It could be worth chancing on a return to form by MATTHEW FLINDERS who hasn’t been seen to best effect in some competitive handicaps in recent runs and is possibly better than he showed on those occasions.
The Siyouni gelding was a two-time winner last term and he ran well on his reappearance at Newbury in the Spring Cup where he crossed the line just over one length third behind Nugget.
Ed Walker’s charge was last seen finishing down the field in the Royal Hunt Cup but he ought to find this smaller field more to his liking and with Franny Norton an eye-catching booking he could bounce back dropping to seven furlongs and a bold bid for success wouldn’t come as a surprise.
4:05 York – John Smith’s Cup Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 1m2½f
It might be worth siding with the Godolphin runner BRIGHT START who has rattled the crossbar on each of his last three starts on dirt and the all-weather, but returning to turf here Saeed Bin Suroor’s charge could go one better.
Progressive last term without winning the Medaglia d’Oro gelding got off the mark when scoring by eight lengths at Meydan in January following a couple of months’ break, beating Zero To A Hundred in good style.
He finished runner-up on both subsequent runs in the Emirates before returning to these shores and he returned from another three months off to run the useful Montather to just a short-head at Chelmsford last month and he can compete here from the same mark before going up in the ratings in future runs.
He was only run down in the last strides there having tried to make all the running but he’ll be sharper with that under his belt and he’s proven over both the trip and on turf from past runs so a big performance here wouldn’t come as a surprise given he’s still relatively unexposed.
4:25 Newmarket – Darley July Cup Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo+) 6f
This looks a cracking contest and a chance is taken that CREATIVE FORCE can continue on his rapid upward curve and take another forward step.
Charlie Appleby’s Dubawi gelding has really progressed this term with four straight wins which include the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot last month where he readily saw off Naval Crown and others to register a convincing victory.
He’s a three-time winner on the Rowley Mile course and while this is a step up in grade into a Group One contest he’s clearly one going the right way and it is likely there’s even more to come from him. The drop back to six furlongs will be no issue despite winning over seven furlongs latest and he’s proven adept on a range of underfoot conditions so there’s no fears over the ground.
Despite hanging badly left in that Ascot success he was well on top at the finish and scored going away; he’s worth a crack at this higher level and he can post a big run with further improvement expected.
4:40 York – John Smith’s City Walls Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 5f
MOSS GILL hasn’t won since landing this race twelve months ago but Ed Bethell’s charge can make a successful title defence here and take the prize for a second straight year.
The No Nay Never gelding backed up that last win with a very good third in the Nunthorpe behind Battaash although he disappointed in his last couple of runs prior to a break and he’s returned this term in decent fettle where he’s twice finished runner-up from three starts with the latest coming when just denied by a neck by King’s Lynn in the recent Achilles Stakes at Haydock where he wore cheekpieces for the first time.
He did well there considering he was awkward away from the stalls and gave up some ground so to get in a challenging position and lead into the final furlong can credit that performance and he only lost out close home with the front two pulling a couple of lengths clear.
That form looks very fair and with a decent course record to call upon at this venue where he’s yet to finish out of the frame in five starts which includes two wins then he ought to go well again and he should be on the premises at the business end.
7:20 Hamilton – Stay At Hampton By Hilton Hamilton Park Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-75) 1m5f
MAGNA MORALIA might not have seen out the longer trip at Pontefract latest but John Quinn’s charge can bounce back returned to a more suitable distance here and the Gregorian gelding can get back on track.
His sole win to date on the flat came over this course in softer ground last August, but he’s largely run well in defeat since although he did manage also to strike a hurdles victory at Kelso in March.
Three runs back on the flat this term have yielded a pair of finishes in the frame at Nottingham and Carlise around this trip and he could benefit from the drop back to this distance having appeared stretched latest behind Let Me Be.
That was also a stronger race than this and he ran well for a long way before his stamina gave out and he could be worth chancing to bounce back here over a more suitable trip as he eases back into a Class 5 contest.
8:20 Hamilton – Under 18’s Race Free Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-60) 1m½f
CLAY REGAZZONI bounced back to winning form equipped with a first-time visor at Musselburgh at the beginning of the month and Keith Dalgleish’s veteran charge could be worth chancing to follow up here assuming the lack of headgear this time doesn’t have a negative effect.
The Due Diligence gelding had finished third on his previous run here behind Ayr Empress who runs earlier in the card and fourth the time before over this course and distance. However the application of a visor latest saw him strike by a neck over Sands Chorus and he’s only up 3lbs for that success.
He remains well treated on his old form despite the rise in the weights and he can continue to remain competitive here where he could go in again under Graham Lee who takes over in the saddle although it is a slight worry that the headgear has been left off this time.
Nevertheless he could go well in a competitive closer and he can make his presence felt.