Saturday racing best bets – Tips for Ayr, Newbury, Newmarket, Newton Abbot & Wolverhampton
With a host of UK horse racing fixtures going to post on Saturday we pick out our racing best bets and tips for the pick of the action.
A busy day of UK horse racing action awaits punters on Saturday with five fixtures going to post around the country where the Ayr Gold Cup spearheads the afternoon’s racing at Ayr; while the Group Two Mill Reef Stakes is the feature race of the day at Newbury.
Further flat racing action on Saturday comes from Newmarket, while there is also jumping from Newton Abbot. Completing the Saturday line-up is an evening all-weather fixture under the Wolverhampton floodlights.
We’ve taken a look at each of the day’s fixtures around the country and have picked out our Saturday racing best bets and tips for the pick of the day’s action.
SATURDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR EVERY MEETING
3:25 Newbury – Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
Undefeated BAHRAIN PRIDE can maintain his perfect record by notching up a third win and Simon Crisford’s exciting Kodiac colt ought to go close.
A narrow winner on debut at Windsor he took the step up to Listed company in his stride with an impressive defeat of Internationaldream at Ripon last month. That form looks fair although probably isn’t the strongest on offer; but it was nevertheless a good performance he delivered and there likely more to come from him.
Both those runs have come on softer ground so he has to prove as effective on this quicker ground, but if the conditions don’t prove an inconvenience then he should post another big effort as he bids to make it three wins from three starts.
4:15 Ayr – Luxury Staycations At Western House Hotel Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m
BRUNCH is 3-4 this term, finding another jolt of improvement to strike in a big field handicap at York last month and Michael Dods’ charge can continue on his upward curve to strike again here.
The Harbour Watch gelding ran out a half-length winner over Hartswood that day, finishing well off the generous pace and that looks solid form. He may not get the same level of pace this time around in a contest that is likely to be more tactical, but he’s clearly going the right way and could improve further given he’s still unexposed at this distance.
A 6lbs rise in the weights demands more from him but it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him find more taking on more exposed rivals and arriving in good form he looks the way to go in this contest.
3:50 Newmarket – Close Brothers Cesarewitch Trial Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 2m2f
SMART CHAMPION has been running well in defeat in his recent starts and David Simcock’s charge can get back in the winners’ enclosure in this trial for the upcoming Cesarewitch Handicap.
The Teofilo gelding struck his latest win on the all-weather back in February when taking at two-mile contest, beating the useful yardstick Carnwennan by a half-length; he’s subsequently made the frame in three of his next four starts, finishing just one length behind Just Hubert over 2m4f at Goodwood in July and then fourth back at the Sussex track when last seen earlier this month behind Stag Horn.
The handicapper has eased him 1lb and the return to this stiffer test can coincide with a return to winning ways so he is chanced to post a big effort in this contest where he can make his presence felt.
4:45 Newton Abbot – Follow@WillHillRacing On Twitter Novices’ Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (4yo+) 3m2f
COOLE CODY could be worth siding with to follow up his recent win here over shorter last month and Even Williams’ charge could have more to offer as a chaser where he remains unexposed after just three starts in this discipline.
The Dubai Destination gelding had proved a useful hurdler for his previous handler but had struggled twice over fences prior to making a winning debut following a switch to this yard. He took well to these obstacles, jumping fluently for an easy ten lengths victory and that form looks fair.
The handicapper has taken a dim view of that performance with a 12lbs rise, but there could be further improvement to come and this longer trip should pose no issue given he’s placed over similar trips in the past over hurdles, while he has scope from his current rating judging on his best exploits over timber.
6:15 Wolverhampton – Final Furlong Podcast Fillies’ Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 7f
DANCING FEET is chanced to get back on the scoresheet having found only one too good in this grade last time out at Kempton and a repeat of that effort might be good enough for Archie Watson’s charge.
The Footstepsinthesand filly won her first two starts for this yard having previously had a run for David O’Meara, posting wins at this venue and Kempton in the first part of the year. She subsequently struggled following lockdown when pitched into a couple of Listed contests, but she’s run better back in handicaps including latest when beaten two lengths behind Delilah Park.
That run came over this trip where she tried to make all and she was only run down inside the last furlong by the winner but clear of the third who has won since to give the form a boost.
Only 2lbs higher for this latest contest she can run well again back on this surface and no surprise to see her involved again.