Saturday racing best bets – Best bets on each of the Saturday racecards around the country
A busy Saturday of horse racing action awaits punters with five meetings going to post including the third day of the Doncaster St Leger Festival. We’ve looked through the day’s action and pick out our Saturday racing best bets.
There’s plenty of horse racing action for punters to look forward to on Saturday where five meetings head to post across the UK where the fourth and final day of the Doncaster St Leger Festival spearheads proceedings.
In addition to the classy action on Town Moor there is further racing on the flat at Chester, Lingfield and Musselburgh; while Fontwell are racing over the sticks. We’ve look through each of the day’s racecards and pick out our Saturday racing best bets and tips for the action.
SATURDAY RACING BEST BETS – DONCASTER, CHESTER, MUSSELBURGH, LINGFIELD & MUSSELBURGH
2:50 Fontwell – Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (3yo+ 0-110) 2m1½f
It might be worth chancing FUME to get off the mark having shown improved form for the application of a tongue-tie to get to within a neck of Nachi Falls over this course last month.
Gary Moore’s charge had been a fair sort on the flat for James Bethell and the Frankel gelding showed glimpses of ability in this sphere over the winter without troubling the judge. He’s since undergone wind surgery and having had a trio of spins on the level which yielded an all-weather success at Lingfield in July he showed his improvement back in this sphere latest.
On that evidence he ought to remain competitive despite a 3lbs rise in the weights and if coping with the shorter trip this time around then he can make his presence felt once more.
3:30 Musselburgh – Visit racingtv.com Nursery Handicap Cl6 (2yo 0-65) 5f
BEVERAGE has been matching his results rather than improving them, but Mark Johnston’s filly can get a first win on the board in a race where she wouldn’t need to improve much to strike.
The Alhebayeb filly has only once finished out of the frame, posting a podium finish in her last five starts which includes finishing three lengths’ third to Onaledge at Yarmouth when last seen, not helped by a slow start.
She now finds herself in an easier grade and she ought to be up to winning what looks an ordinary contest with the handicapper cutting her some slack so she ought not to be too far away.
3:35 Doncaster – Pertemps St Leger Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo) 1m6½f
SANTIAGO can give Aidan O’Brien a third St Leger Stakes victory in four years and Frankie Dettori back-to-back winners having rode Logician to Classic success twelve months ago.
A juvenile winner over one mile at Listowel, the Authorized colt showed improved form when stepped up to this trip where he took the Queen’s Vase on his reappearance and he built on that success to grind out victory in the Irish Derby where he prevailed by a head.
He raced keenly in the Goodwood Cup but he performed well in defeat behind Stradivarius and back against his own age ground over what is likely to be a more suitable trip and on ground that will pose no issue then he could resume the winning thread in the season’s final Classic.
4:25 Lingfield – Betway Fillies’ Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 6f
AL DAWODIYA ran better than the bare result in a stronger race than this when last seen finishing midfield at Kempton and Richard Hannon’s charge can do better here back in a slightly easier grade.
A Bath winner in August, he finished runner-up at Windsor on his next start where the softer ground might just have been against him and back on this surface he can go well having made the frame twice on polytrack.
The winner of that Windsor contest has won twice since to boost the form and easing back into a Class 4 contest he can make his presence felt here with a likely strong pace sure to suit.
4:50 Chester – Racecourses Support Mental Health With #JockeysRecognitionBadge Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 1m2½f
HARLOW is without a win since 2017 but the Harlan’s Holiday gelding is chanced to break his losing sequence having acquitted himself well in recent runs.
Ian Williams’ charge has made the frame in each of his last four starts this term, latterly finishing third behind Tindrum at Sandown in August and he’s been eased 1lb in the weights following that outing; while he has a 7lbs claimer onboard this time around so he certainly should be competitive at the weights.
With trip and ground no issue and an good draw on the inside to work with he wouldn’t need to improve too much to win this contest and he can snap his lengthy losing run here.