Saturday horse racing best bets – Tips for today’s UK racemeetings
Saturday horse racing best bets for the day’s fixtures
A busy day of UK horse racing goes to post on Saturday on the flat and over the sticks and we’ve picked out our Saturday horse racing best bets for the day’s fixtures.
Horse racing fans have plenty of equine action to puzzle over on Saturday as six UK racing fixtures head to post around the country on the flat and over jumps boasting a total of 44 races in total across the day’s meetings.
The feature card of the day comes from Newmarket where it is day three of the Newmarket Cambridgeshire Meeting, while Haydock, Chester and Ripon add further action on the flat in the afternoon. There is also jumps racing on the agenda at Market Rasen while Chelmsford race on the all-weather on Saturday evening to bring the day’s action to a close.
With plenty of racing on offer our tipping team has looked over the day’s racecards from around the country and have picked out their Saturday horse racing best bets and tips for the day’s meetings.
SATURDAY HORSE RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR THE DAY’S UK RACEMEETINGS
2:05 Haydock – Betway Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m
NOBLE DYNASTY has raced only four times thus far and has won two of those, the latest coming when last seen where the Dubawi colt ran out a narrow winner over A Boy Named Ivy.
Charlie Appleby’s charge showed a good attitude there to prevail by just a short head, but it was his first run in almost five months and there’s a possibility that it may have been needed. He ought to be sharper then this time out with that under his belt.
He’s only up 2lbs for that success but takes a step up in class into a Class 2 contest so will need to find a bit more improvment to prevail again; but he’s unexposed compared to these rivals so may well progress while his rider can claim a handy 5lbs and has been amongst the winners of late so another big run wouldn’t come as a surprise here.
2:40 Haydock – Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 5f
COPPER KNIGHT seems to save his best for York where he’s a six-time winner, but Tim Easterby’s charge could get the job done here away from the Knavesmire and he was a close second on his last visit to this venue earlier in the month.
The Sir Prancealot gelding had been in good fettle in recent weeks, twice finishing runner-up either side of a win at York in August but he wasn’t seen to best effect in the Portland Handicap back at Doncaster last time out and needs to bounce back here.
A few of these are no stranger to each other and he had a couple of these rivals behind when scoring at York in August and he could make his presence felt again with Ella McCain taking 5lbs off so he can effectively race from just 1lb higher than his last winning mark.
3:00 Newmarket – Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (Group 1) (Colts) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
PERFECT POWER atoned for a luckless run at Goodwood in July when only fifth in the Richmond Stakes to bounce back to winning form in the Prix Morny and Richard Fahey’s charge can strike again here.
The Ardad colt had struck wins in a Hamilton maiden and at Ascot in the Norfolk Stakes where he beat Go Bears Go – a Group Two winner since – before enduring a torrid passage through the race at Goodwood, constantly meeting with trouble and never seen to best effect in finishing fifth.
That represents some strong form as he was only a neck behind a subsequent Group One winner and beat a Group Two winner also before comprehensively reversing form with Asymmetric and others when scoring in France latest.
Open to plenty of further improvement he should make his presence felt again in this contest and he can register another victory with Christophe Soumillon coming from France for the ride.
3:45 Chester – Ideal Recruit Edward Bryan Jones Memorial Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-90) 1m2½f
MR EXCELLENCY has been a largely consistent sort this term with three wins and a number of placed efforts to his name and it might be worth be worth chancing Mark Johnston’s charge to get back on the scoresheet here.
The Awtaad colt went back-to-back over the summer with wins at Newmarket at Chepstow and he bounced back from a rare poor run to make the frame on both subsequent starts, latterly finishing fourth behind Bookmark here earlier in the month.
He wasn’t seen to best effect there having been bumped leaving the stalls but he stuck well to his task and could do better this time around having been eased 1lb in the weights. This is a slightly stronger grade but he has the services of Franny Norton who rides Chester better than any jockey and he’s surely worth another chance.
3:55 Market Rasen – Golden Fleece Handicap Chase Cl3 (4yo+ 0-130) 2m5½f
FLAMBOYANT JOYAUX arrives here on a hat-trick of wins and it may be worth chancing the Crossharbour gelding to go in again despite taking in a higher grade here.
Paul Robson’s charge has struck wins at Worcester and Kelso latterly, running out a ready winner each time and scoring by seven lengths latest from Wolfcatcher although it is arguable whether he’d have won last time as he was being strongly challenged over the last when left clear.
He looked to be travelling the best though and likely would have emerged victorious in any case and he can continue his progression here although the handicapper has hit him with a 5lbs rise. This will demand a shade more, but he’s going the right way over fences and ought to be in the mix again.
4:05 Ripon – Ripon Cathedral City Of The Dales Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 6f
GOLDEN APOLLO hasn’t won for a while and his form on the whole since his last victory in the 2019 Ayr Silver Cup has been very hit or miss; but it might be worth chancing the Pivotal gelding to end his losing streak here.
Tim Easterby’s charge was only beaten by Justanotherbottle – who reopposes here – when runner-up in the Great St Wilfred Stakes here last month and although he’s bombed out in both subsequent starts including back at Ayr for the Silver Cup he is capable of running a big race if in the mood.
Possibly given too much to do in the Great St Wilfred where he ran on well late for second he was getting 6lbs from the winner and he was never involved at Ayr last time having been slowly away so he can be forgiven that last effort.
Now reopposing with Kevin Ryan’s charge on significantly better terms for the length or so he was beaten on his last visit here he can turn the tables if turning out at his best and he remains very well treated off this mark even if his winning record tempers enthusiasm.
If on a going day he could make his presence felt and no surprise if he’s in the frame again under David Allan.
4:55 Chester – Mental Health UK Fillies’ Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-75) 1m2½f
BOOKMARK has got her game together of late, winning her last two starts at Pontefract and over course and distance; Michael Bell’s charge can continue her improvement to strike a third win here and bring up her hat-trick.
The New Approach filly had routed opposition by a wide margin when making the breakthrough at Pontefract, running out a 17 lengths’ winner over Bryanwood and that victory was backed up when she readily saw off Farhan last time out at this venue, scoring by two lengths.
She carried a penalty that day but did the job with aplomb, coming from off the strong pace to score comfortably and there could be a similar scenario here where she could take some beating despite a further 6lbs hike in the weights.
5:24 Newmarket – Sue Human Celebration Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 7f
JUMBY is already a course and distance winner this term and the New Bay colt was last seen adding to her tally when going in at Salisbury last month; Eve Johnson Houghton’s charge can strike again here upped just 2lbs.
Having won here in May he probably found heavy ground too much when tried in the Group One Commonwealth Cup although that company was certainly a couple of notches above what he had faced previously.
He bounced back from that performance with a good third to Great Ambassador over this course and distance, running better than the bare result having missed the break and that represents some solid form with the winner since scoring in Listed company and finishing runner-up in last week’s Ayr Gold Cup.
There could be more to come from him back over this longer trip and likely still well handicapped he can go in again.