Saturday horse racing tips – Best bets at Thirsk, Bangor, Brighton and Nottingham

Saturday horse racing tips. Brighton is one of the day's four meetings taking place.Saturday horse racing tips. Brighton is one of the day's four meetings taking place.

Saturday horse racing best bets and tips

It will be a strange Saturday of racing action with no ITV Racing and only four meetings taking place; but we’ve looked over the day’s racing to pick out our Saturday horse racing tips.

The funeral of HRH Prince Philip casts a shadow over Saturday’s horse racing action leading to a rather different Saturday where there’s no ITV Racing on the agenda with those featured cards both now moved to Sunday.

Despite their absence there is still four meetings taking place with two each in the afternoon and evening. The afternoon meetings both kick off early while there are two twilight fixtures also on the agenda.

The early cards sees flat racing from Thirsk and jumps racing from Bangor; while the later fixtures sees a pair of flat racing cards at Brighton and Nottingham. We’ve looked over the day’s fixtures to pick out our Saturday horse racing tips and best bets at each fixture.


12:25 Bangor – Maelor Handicap Chase Cl4 (5yo+ 0-115) 2m1½f

DISCKO DES PLAGES went like the best horse in the race at Chepstow twelve days ago but having gone clear he found little for pressure on the run-in and was easily dispatched the winner although had he jumped the last better he may just have held on.

It is possible that Richard Hobson’s charge just failed to see out the longer trip on the stiffer track and the drop to this shorter distance should see him get home stronger. He had previously won at Catterick in December and he’s placed in all his completed starts since despite not always being foot-perfect at his obstacles.

He can race here from the same mark as at Chepstow and assumong this doesn’t come too soon after those exertions he can get back on the scoresheet under Brian Hughes whose more patient style could suit the Balko gelding.

Saturday horse racing tips. Donald McCain can saddle a winner on the Bangor racecard.

Saturday horse racing tips. Donald McCain can saddle a winner on the Bangor racecard.

1:25 Bangor – Darlands Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 2m4½f

ARMATTIEKAN has been on good terms with himself this term, scoring twice over fences in late 2020 before landing a jumpers’ bumper at Newcastle in January and he might have felt the run coming too soon in another back there in February.

Donald McCain’s Arakan gelding however bounced back following a couple of months off to score a shade readily at Market Rasen earlier in the month and he can follow up.

He travelled well in that race and despite a mistake three out he was strong at the finish to win going away on the run to the line. On that performance he could still be well-treated despite a 5lbs rise in the ratings and there could be more to come over the larger obstacles where he can deliver a bold show.

Brian Hughes takes the ride once more and the pair can combine for another success.

2:10 Thirsk – Michael Foster Conditions Stakes Cl3 (4yo+) 7f

MOTAKHAYYEL has won on his seasonal debut for the past two campaigns and Richard Hannon’s charge can make another winning return here.

The Heeraat gelding won his sole start as a juvenile and two of four outings as a three-year old, including a defeat of the smart Flashcard and he continued his development last year where he again won two of his four outings including the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket.

Pattern company perhaps found him out in subsequent runs but this looks more suitable and given his record fresh he has to be respected. The drop back to seven furlongs having ran recent races over one mile looks a positive move and with the ground no problem he can go close here.

Saturday horse racing tips. Richard Hannon can saddle a winner at Thirsk on Saturday.

Saturday horse racing tips. Richard Hannon can saddle a winner at Thirsk on Saturday.

4:20 Brighton – Download The Star Sports App Now! Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-70) 5½f

WILEY POST has been rather hit or miss on the all-weather over the winter and it is more than a year since he last tasted success which came at Kempton last Janaury; his losing streak now extends to eight but the Kyllachy gelding can get back to winning ways here.

Tony Carroll’s charge hasn’t been disgraced in his last couple of starts, finishing less than one length third at Lingfield back in January and then running better than the bare result latest when dropped back to the minimum trip at Chelmsford latest.

Back on turf he can contest from a lower rating and he goes well at this venue with two course wins from four starts – both of them over this distance – and he could go close in a race where winning form is thin on the ground.

6:15 Nottingham – Visit Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 1m½f

HUNDRED ISLES could be worth chancing back on turf despite disappointing when last tried on the surface last June.

Since that run Mick Channon’s charge has shown some good form on the all-weather following a break, finding only one too good at Wolverhampton in March before getting off the mark latest at Chelmsford back at the beginning of this month where he ran out a comfortable winner over Glenn Coco.

The switch to front-running tactics seem to have suited the Fastnet Rock gelding in his past couple of runs and he could remain fairly treated despite a 7lbs rise in the weights as he returns to turf where he’s unexposed both on the surface and having had just four career runs so further improvement in handicaps can’t be ruled out.

Saturday horse racing tips. Nottingham is one of four meetings taking place.

Saturday horse racing tips. Nottingham is one of four meetings taking place.

6:30 Brighton – £10K Showtime Guarantee Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 7f

DE VEGAS KID could be worth chancing to get back to winning form returning to this venue and Tony Carroll’s charge boasts a very good record here with four course wins including one over this distance.

The Lope De Vega gelding posted his last win at Kempton back in December but his form has been patch since; that said he was in the process of running a decent race when last seen back at Kempton in March, hampered when trying to challenge and dropping out to eventually finish seventh but only three lengths off the winner.

That form took a small boost when the third won next time and he remains on the same mark back on turf which leaves him well-treated on past efforts on this surface and he won here in 2019 from higher.

He could go well then as a result of coming back to this venue where previous form is often an advantage and no surprise if he gets back on the scoresheet.