Saturday jumps racing tips – Best bets for Sandown, Musselburgh, Wetherby and Leopardstown

Brian Healy gives his Saturday jumps racing tips where he has best bets and selections for all four of the day’s fixtures that will go to post over the sticks.

Saturday ‘s fixture list of horse racing action takes in four UK and Irish jumps racing cards where the feature Grade One Scilly Isles Chase takes centre stage of the day at Sandown. Meanwhile, there is also action north of the border at Musselburgh where the Edinburgh National goes to post.

Not to be outdone, the Grade Two Towton Novices’ Chase headlines a solid Wetherby racecard; while over in Ireland it is day one of the Dublin Racing Festival featuring no less than four Grade One races.

28 races in all will go to post for Saturday’s racing over the sticks and Brian Healy gives his Saturday jumps racing tips for all four of the day’s meetings.

Sandown (jumps) – 12.40 – 4.10pm (7 races)
Leopardstown (jumps) – 12.50 – 4.20pm (7 races)
Musselburgh (jumps) – 12.57 – 4.26pm (7 races)
Wetherby (jumps) – 1.03 – 4.33pm (7 races)


1.15 Sandown – FIRST FLOW (7/4, William Hill)
1.25 Leopardstown – MIN (3/1, Bet365)
1.31 Musselburgh – BENNY’S SECRET (6/1, Bet365)
1.38 Wetherby – NUTS WELL (6/1, William Hill)
2.05 Musselburgh – MIRANDA (4/1, William Hill)
2.25 Sandown – GOOD BOY BOBBY (7/2, Paddy Power)
3.10 Leopardstown – HONEYSUCKLE (6/4, Coral)
3.15 Musselburgh – SUMKINDOFKING (6/1, Paddy Power)
3.23 Wetherby – SECRETE STREAM (25/1, William Hill, each-way)


(1.15 Sandown)

FIRST FLOW (7/4, William Hill) has taken really well to chasing, finishing runner-up on each of his first two starts over the larger obstacles behind smart rivals before getting off the mark himself over fences at Hereford where he faced a simple task.

Kim Baileys’ charge was a Grade Two winner over hurdles and he followed up his breakthrough chase success with a very good third behind Espoir De Guye at Ascot last month although he was no match for the impressive winner.

He tried to make all that day but weakened on the run-in and possibly just went off too hard; but he had a subsequent winner behind him and the drop back in trip will suit. He gets weight from most of these rivals and the presence of top amateur Chester Williams sees a further 5lbs off his back so he could go close from a feather weight where he remains open to further improvement over fences.

(2.25 Sandown)

Laurina could easily bounce back from her recent effort behind Notebook, but GOOD BOY BOBBY (7/2, Paddy Power) looks worth a crack at this higher grade where the Flemensfirth gelding can give a good account.

Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge won three of his four starts over hurdles last term and he has taken really well to chasing, building on a solid runner-up effort behind Brewin’upastorm to win readily at Wetherby next time.

He lost no caste in defeat subsequently at Cheltenham over this trip, finding only Mister Fisher too strong on the run-in where he was beaten by just over one length. He was trying to give the winner 5lbs on that occasion and that form has been boosted by the winner going in again since in Grade Two company.

While an on-song Laurina could prove a tough nut to crack given her earlier impressive defeat of Minella Indo, she has to prove her well-being following her poor run last time and it might be worth chancing the Twiston-Davies runner to get back on the winning trail at the expense of Willie Mullins’ charge.

12.40 – Palladium
1.15 – First Flow
1.50 – Call Me Lord
2.25 – Good Boy Bobby
3.00 – Ask Ben
3.35 – Cloudy Glen
4.10 – Stick With Bill

Good Boy Bobby is one of our Saturday jumps racing tips at Sandown.

Good Boy Bobby can land Grade One success in the Scilly Isles Novice Chase.


(1.25 Leopardstown)

MIN (3/1, Bet365) charts a familiar path having won this race twelve months to follow his earlier success in the John Durkan Memorial Chase, and having won the latter race for a second successive year Willie Mullins’ charge trains his sights on a successful title defence in this contest.

The Walk In The Park gelding also won the Melling Chase at Aintree last term before finding only the evergreen Un De Sceaux too strong in the Boylesports Champion Chase. However, he made an impressive return to action despite not always jumping fluently on his reappearance last month when beating Hardline by just over two lengths.

He won readily that day from a field that also included Presenting Percy, Real Steel and Shattered Love and he’ll strip a lot fitter for that reappearance so every chance he can build on the return to win a second successive renewal of this race.

(3.10 Leopardstown)

HONEYSUCKLE (6/4, Coral) has a perfect record over hurdles and Henry de Bromhead’s charge can extend her unbeaten run with another Grade One success which could dictate the Sulamani mare’s Cheltenham Festival target.

She has gone from strength to strength over timber, winning all four starts last term which included a breakthrough Grade One victory at Fairyhouse, and she made a winning reappearance over Easy Game prior to brushing aside a strong field to land the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle when last seen.

She had nine lengths to spare over a field which included Bacardys, Apple’s Jade and Penhill and there likely is better still to come from her so she can make her presence felt again. The drop in trip to two miles is of no consequence, especially given there’s likely to be a decent pace to the contest and she can strike a seventh career win.

12.50 – Latest Exhibition
1.25 – Min
2.00 – Notebook
2.35 – Charlie Stout
3.10 – Honeysuckle
3.45 – Top Moon
4.20 – Eric Bloodaxe

(read the full preview for day one of Leopardstown)

Our Leopardstown Saturday tips features Honeysuckle who can win again.

Honeysuckle can make it a perfect seven wins with victory at Leopardstown on Saturday.


(1.31 Musselburgh)

BENNY’S SECRET (6/1, Bet365) got back on the winning trail here last November, beating Izzy’s Champion by two lengths; but Nicky Alexander’s charge hasn’t been seen to best effect in both starts since at this venue although he could bounce back in this contest.

Fourth latest behind Shanroe In Milan over three miles, he was given too much to do on that occasion having been held up further back than ideal. However, he ran on well late and finished with running left, and he looks well-treated here from 1lb lower.

The drop back in trip is of no issue and every chance he can give a good account where he can get back to winning ways.

(2.05 Musselburgh)

MIRANDA (4/1, William Hill) looked potentially useful when winning her first two starts over hurdles last term having arrived at Paul Nicholls from France; but the Camelot mare shaped as if amiss when flopping in her hat-trick bid at Wincanton in March where she pulled up.

She made an inauspicious return in heavy ground at Sandown in November, failing to beat a rival home although that run was probably needed and she might not have handled the ground. But she built on that run to get back on the winning trail at Kempton over the Christmas period and she can improve again.

The third from that race has won since and while the handicapper has hit her with a 9lbs rise in the weights she looks capable of further improvement and can follow up here.

(3.15 Musselburgh)

SUMKINDOFKING (6/1, Paddy Power) found the reopposing Little Bruce too strong in the recent North Yorkshire National; but Tom George’s charge could turn the tables on these better terms.

The King’s Theatre gelding hasn’t quite hit the heights hoped of him but he does remain capable of useful form and he won well at Southwell back in May on better ground. He’s since run well on ground that has arguably been against him, and his latest run was a solid effort where he saw out the longer trip really well.

The drying ground here could prove to be in his favour and he races off the same mark here as at Catterick where he has a 6lbs pull at the weights with his last-time conqueror. This marathon trip could elicit some further improvement and every chance he can make his present felt.

12.57 – Southfield Stone
1.31 – Benny’s Secret
2.05 – Miranda
2.40 – Cracking Destiny
3.15 – Sumkindofking
3.52 – Bathsheba Bay
4.26 – Southfield Vic

Sumkindofking features in our Musselburgh Saturday tips.

Sumkindofking (yellow cap) can win the Edinburgh National at Musselburgh.


(1.38 Wetherby)

NUTS WELL (6/1, William Hill) is on a roll at present having won his last two outings which includes at this venue in December, and the Dylan Thomas gelding can land the hat-trick.

Ann Hamilton’s charge ran out a wide-margin winner on his previous outing here, beating Ain’t My Fault, and he followed up with a battling success at Musselburgh over a similar trip to today’s where he denied Cracking Destiny by a neck having battled on valiantly to land the success.

A subsequent winner has come out of that race and he could be capable of defying a 6lbs rise in the weights given his current good spell of form and with the softer ground here in his favour.

(3.23 Wetherby)

SECRETE STREAM (25/1, William Hill, each-way) has had excuses for his past couple of outings, probably finding the ground too quick at Perth back in April and then likely finding his stamina stretched over three miles on his reappearance from eight months off the track at Haydock last month.

Ruth Jefferson’s charge had won at the latter track over a shorter trip last December where he beat Becky The Thatcher, and he should be spot on now with that more recent run under his belt.

The third from that latest race has won since and he has been eased 3lbs in the weights. With the return to a shorter trip likely to be more in his favour and with the testing ground no problem then he could bounce back at this venue where he has a decent record and he could sneak into the frame at a big price.

1.03 – Emma’s Joy
1.38 – Nuts Well
2.12 – Kalooki
2.45 – Dominateur
3.23 – Secrete Stream
3.58 – Hazel Hill
4.33 – Ask A Honey Bee

Cheltenham Festival winner features in Saturday's Wetherby racing tips

Cheltenham Festival winner Hazel Hill can win at Wetherby on Saturday.


1.15 Sandown – FIRST FLOW (7/4, William Hill)
1.25 Leopardstown – MIN (3/1, Bet365)
1.31 Musselburgh – BENNY’S SECRET (6/1, Bet365)
1.38 Wetherby – NUTS WELL (6/1, William Hill)
2.05 Musselburgh – MIRANDA (4/1, William Hill)
2.25 Sandown – GOOD BOY BOBBY (7/2, Paddy Power)
3.10 Leopardstown – HONEYSUCKLE (6/4, Coral)
3.15 Musselburgh – SUMKINDOFKING (6/1, Paddy Power)
3.23 Wetherby – SECRETE STREAM (25/1, William Hill, each-way)