Saturday racing best bets – Tips for Ascot, Haydock, Newcastle, Lingfield and Wolverhampton

Some cracking horse racing action goes to post on Saturday including Grade One racing at Ascot and we’ve picked put our Saturday racing best bets and tips at each meeting.

The Grade One Long Walk Hurdle featuring a rematch between Paisley Park and Thyme Hill is the main event on Saturday’s racecard at Ascot and the Berkshire track hosts one of the day’s five UK horse racing meetings taking place.

There is also jumps racing at Haydock where the competitive Tommy Whittle Chase take place while Newcastle are also racing over the sticks on Saturday.

All-weather action meanwhile sees an afternoon card at Lingfield, while Wolverhampton are racing in the evening under the floodlights. We’ve looked through each of the Saturday racecards and pick out our Saturday racing best bets and tips at each meeting.


12:55 Haydock – Back And Lay On The Betfair Exchange Abram Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Listed Race) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m3f

FARNE boasts some very decent form in bumpers, placing in a Listed bumper at Sandown prior to a very good fourth to The Glancing Queen in the Grade Two Aintree bumper, but the Stowaway mare failed to fire in two starts over hurdles for Neil King.

Subsequently moved to Noel Williams she took a big step forward to run out a ready victor over Tequila Blaze at Lingfield on her return, landing a gamble in the process and she could improve again to double up.

That success came in heavy ground so these conditions will hold few fears and with potential for better to come gets the vote to strike again.

1:15 Ascot – Injured Jockeys Fund Graduation Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m5f

CARIBEAN BOY made a very good first impression for Nicky Henderson following his move from France, finishing third on his chase debut at Doncaster back in January before running out a ready winner at Haydock in heavy ground and the Myboycharlie gelding followed up back from a break on better ground to deny Fiddlerontheroof at Newbury on his return last month in the Berkshire Novices’ Chase.

A decent sort in France previously, he was a ready winner of that reappearance where he jumped and travelled well despite racing keenly and he appeared to have plenty still in the tank when recording a four lengths’ victory over Colin Tizzard’s runner with the pair pulling well clear of the third.

That form was largely upheld on Friday when the runner-up filled the same spot at Ascot in another Grade Two contest and there’s likely plenty more to come from the Henderson runner who could develop into a Cheltenham Festival contender.

Proven in heavy ground he can follow up that reappearance win and take another step up the chasing ladder here.

Saturday racing best bets. Nicky Henderson can saddle a winner at Ascot.

Saturday racing best bets. Nicky Henderson can saddle a winner at Ascot.

1:25 Lingfield – Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 6f

ABERAMA GOLD has been in good form of late, winning at Doncaster in October and bouncing back to winning ways latest at Chelmsford when beating Nigel Nott by a half-length.

Sandwiched between those successes he had finished less than one length second behind the smart Dakota Gold at Doncaster in a Listed contest and Keith Dalgleish’s charge can follow up his latest success here with another win.

The Heeraat colt is unexposed on the all-weather with that last win being his first on polytrack and the runner-up won next time to give the form a boost. He’s been raised 3lbs for the win which demands a shade more from him, but he could give a good account nonetheless and there could be more to come from him on this surface.

1:40 Newcastle – QuinnCasino Handicap Chase (Challenger Middle Distance Chase Series Qualifier) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-130) 2m4f

CATAMARAN DU SEUIL turned in a lacklustre effort on his seasonal bow at Ffos Las last month, but Dr Richard Newland’s charge possibly needed that outing and the Network gelding could do better with that under his belt.

He’s not won since scoring at Wetherby two years ago, but he does have winning form in soft ground and he appeared rusty when making his latest return to action and faded quickly once headed having helped to set the pace.

The winner has since gone in again over hurdles and he could bounce back from that latest run where he should strip fitter, while the handicapper has also eased him 2lbs. He’s won from a higher mark in the past and if he can reproduce his best form on the back of his reappearance then he could go well here for his in-form yard.

2:00 Lingfield – Betway Quebec Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m2f

This looks a very decent Listed contest and SANGARIUS is chanced to make a winning return to action following wind surgery and Sir Michael Stoute’s charge can go close.

The Kingman colt won two of his first three starts as a juvenile which include a Listed contest prior to finding Group One level too much at Newmarket when finishing fourth to Too Darn Hot. He then progressed quite well last term, winning at Ascot when stepped up to this trip to take the Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot but absent subsequently he wasn’t seen for almost a year until posting a fair fourth at Haydock in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes where he reportedly had a breathing problem.

He’s taken a bit of time out, but he’s run well fresh in the past and the wind operation he’s had in the meantime could unlock some further improvement with a tongue-tie also fitted.

Saturday racing best bets. Regal Encore can bounce back to form at Ascot, his happy hunting ground.

Saturday racing best bets. Regal Encore can bounce back to form at Ascot, his happy hunting ground.

3:00 Ascot – Good Luck Hollie In SPOTY Silver Cup Handicap Chase (Listed Race) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m

REGAL ENCORE turned in a lacklustre effort in the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury when last seen, but back at his happy hunting ground the veteran King’s Theatre gelding can quickly bounce back.

Anthony Honeyball’s charge is a dual-winner of this race including taking the prize twelve months ago and he rarely runs poorly at the Berkshire venue where he has four wins and three placed efforts from nine course and distance starts.

Also proven in heavy ground as was the case when winning here last year he made a winning reappearance over course and distance in October, beating Whatmore prior to his disappointing Newbury run. However he’s been eased 1lb since and he’s won off this mark in the past when taking the 2018 Keltbray Swinley Chase from 150 where he won by six lengths.

This looks a strong renewal of this contest but he can’t be dismissed back at his favourite stomping ground and with the underfoot conditions no issue he’s expected to put in a big performance.

5:00 Wolverhampton – Play 4 To Win At Betway Handicap (Div I) Cl6 (3yo+ 0-55) 6f

Consistent THE MACKEM TORPEDO can get back to winning ways having found only one too good over seven furlongs here last month. Brian Ellison’s charge had however won the time before and could bounce back from that defeat returned to this trip.

The Multiplex gelding had made the frame in each of his four previous starts at Newcastle over seven furlongs and a mile prior to running out a three-parts of a length winner over Superiority when dropped to the sprint trip and he held every chance of a follow-up victory latest although his effort flattened out close home.

He’s only 1lb higher here which is workable and he’ll likely get a good pace to aim at with a few in opposition who like to get on with things. Thoroughly unexposed as a sprinter he can go close and no surprise if he were to collect the win here.

Saturday racing best bets. Trainer Brian Ellison can saddle a Wolverhampton winner.

6:00 Wolverhampton – Betway Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-80) 6f

MYTHMAKER hasn’t won for a while but Bryan Smart’s charge can end his barren run here and the Major Cadeaux gelding went close to victory when last seen beaten only a neck by Zapper Cass over this course and distance earlier in the month.

His last win came on turf from a mark of 100, while he has also won on polytrack from 105 so while perhaps not the same force nowadays he remains very capable of exploiting a 77 rating and the form of that latest run is working out well with both the winner and fourth horse home winning since.

Quite a few of these rivals are out of form while he arrives in good fettle and he ought to remain competitive where it would come as no surprise to see him finally take advantage of his lowly mark to get back on the scoresheet.