Saturday horse racing tips – Best bets at Sandown, Ayr, Lingfield and Wolverhampton
Saturday racing best bets on 2 January
We’ve picked out our Saturday horse racing tips and best bets for the day’s fixtures across the UK.
While Hereford’s scheduled fixture over the sticks has been lost to the elements we still have four meetings going to post headed by Sandown where the Grade One Tolworth Hurdle is the main event of the day at the Esher venue.
Elsewhere there is also jumps racing action north of the border at Ayr, while all-weather action comes from Lingfield’s polytrack in the afternoon and also from Wolverhampton in the evening on their tapeta surface.
We’ve looked through each of the four racecards going to post and have picked out our Saturday horse racing tips and best bets throughout the day’s racing.
SATURDAY HORSE RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT SANDOWN, AYR, LINGFIELD & WOLVERHAMPTON
12:40 Sandown – Unibet “You’re On” Mares’ Hurdle (Listed Race) (Nhmops Bonus Race) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4f
ROBIN GOLD steps up in class but the Gold Well mare could be worth chancing given she arrives in good heart and represents a yard that is in excellent form at present.
Dan Skelton’s charge has won four of her last five starts, posting her latest at Bangor having earlier won at Ascot with both coming in testing ground albeit in handicaps at a lesser level.
Two of those wins have come under Bridget Andrews who takes the reins again and while she does need to find a jolt of improvement if she’s to take this prize she’s certainly going the right way since being fitted with a tongue-tie and can continue to progress.
The form of her Ascot win has been boosted by the runner-up and with stamina assured in what is sure to be a test of stamina despite the drop in distance she can continue her progress up the ranks to post a big run.
1:10 Lingfield – Bombardier “March To Your Own Drum” Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-70) 1m
FLY THE NEST has proven a decent sort on the all-weather, finally gaining just rewards for a number of near misses when scoring at Kempton over this trip last month and Tony Carroll’s charge can follow up here.
The Kodiac gelding had finished runner-up in five of his six prior runs where he was never beaten far and he made the breakthrough with a career-best effort to score by a half-length from Alezan who has won since to give the form a boost.
A 3lbs rise for that victory is fair and he can build on that success to double his win tally in this contest where his consistency on this surface can continue to be rewarded.
1:30 Ayr – Weddings At Western House Hotel Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m4½f
The Edgar Wallace is likely to be a warm order for the Kim Bailey and David Bass combination, but UGO DU MISSELOT is chanced to cause an upset on the back of a very promising first run for Tristan Davidson at this venue last month.
Previously trained in Ireland by Thomas Hyde he had finished fourth to Asterion Forlonge in a Thurles bumper and ran a solid first race over hurdles for that yard at Wexford where he finished fourth.
He found only Portstorm too strong over 2m 5f here on his return from nine months off in similar ground to today’s where he kept on well without matching the winner and likely to be sharper with that outing under his belt he could go one better here if able to build on that run.
While he may ideally want further the Irish Wells gelding has shown he can handle these conditions and likely to improve it would be no surprise to see him make his presence felt in this contest.
1:50 Sandown – Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Handicap Chase Cl2 (5yo+ 0-145) 1m7½f
IBLEO has taken really well to the larger obstacles, winning his first two starts at Wincanton and Huntingdon before a very good runner-up effort over further back at the latter venue in March behind Canelo.
Venetia Williams’ charge has bagged two more silver medals in his starts this term, finding only Amoola Gold too strong by a short-head in a Listed handicap contest at Ascot before chasing home Sky Pirate at Cheltenham last month and a repeat of either of those runs gives the Dick Turpin gelding every chance of getting back on the scoresheet.
The first and third horses home from that Ascot run have both run well since to uphold the form and having only been raised another 3lbs following his latest outing he remains with scope for better and give another good account here where he may be able to go one better.
3:15 Ayr – Retraining Of Racehorses (RoR) Handicap Chase Cl2 (5yo+ 0-150) 3m
Three-time course winner TAKINGRISKS has to give weight away all round to this field but the Golden Tornado gelding could be tough to beat nonetheless if coming back to his best.
Nicky Richards’ charge won the 2019 Scottish National but his only win since has been at Newcastle when taking the Rehearsal Chase last term and he’s not been at his best in recent runs. He was however entitled to need his reappearance here over hurdles despite pulling up and he shaped better back over fences latest when contesting the Rehearsal Chase again which was his first run following wind surgery.
Only the eventual winner went off at a bigger price and the veteran showed he retained plenty of ability in finishing fourth on ground probably quick enough for him and these more testing conditions are sure to suit.
His last two chase wins have come in heavy ground and he’ll be suited by the thorough test of stamina; while he’s been eased 1lb in the ratings and this looks an easier contest so he could get back to winning ways.
3:30 Lingfield – Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-65) 5f
SHOW ME THE BUBBLY hasn’t been disgraced running in better company than this and now that the Showcasing mare drops into a Class 6 contest she might be able to get back to winning ways.
John O’Shea’s charge was a turf winner back in May 2019 from a higher mark than this and she’s made the frame from a mark of 73 at Wolverhampton since. While her form has been patchy this term she has twice finished third on turf and she’s been beaten just over one length in two of her last three starts at Wolverhampton.
The latest of those came when beaten into fourth behind The Nosey Parker, fading late to drop two places close home. That form though has been boosted by the runner-up and first-time blinkers could elicit some improvement while Laura Pearson takes the reins and is an eye-catching jockey booking with her 7lbs claim very good value.
This is an easier contest than she’s been running in and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her going close from the plum draw on the inner.
7:10 Wolverhampton – Ladbrokes Watch Racing Online For Free Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-75) 5f
Obtuse is on a roll having won his last three but STAY SMART looks an improving sort who can back up his latest win at Newcastle last month where he beat Fircombe Hall by two lengths.
David O’Meara’s charge was turning the tables having come off second-best behind the same rival the time before, making all the running to score readily despite drifting to the stands’ side rail and if adopting similar tactics here he might prove hard to peg back.
He’s been raised 8lbs for that success which will demand more but he’s going the right way and could have better to offer so the Brazen Beau colt gets the vote to follow up his win last time.