Saturday racing best bets – Tips for Cheltenham, Wetherby, Uttoxeter, Lingfield and Wolverhampton
Saturday’s fixture list of horse racing action around the UK sees five meetings going to post and we’ve looked through the day’s racecards to pick out our Saturday racing best bets and tips.
There’s plenty of classy horse racing action to look forward to on Saturday as five meetings head to post around the UK including the second day of the Cheltenham November Meeting featuring the Paddy Power Gold Cup as the big race of the day alongside Graded and Listed action which might yield further early Cheltenham Festival clues.
Elsewhere there is also further jumps racing from the cards at Uttoxeter and Wetherby; while the day’s all-weather racing on the flat sees an afternoon fixture at Lingfield as well as an evening card at Wolverhampton under the floodlights.
We’ve looked over each of the day’s fixtures across the UK and pick out our Saturday racing best bets and tips for each racecard.
SATURDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR CHELTENHAM, WETHERBY, UTTOXETER, LINGFIELD & WOLVERHAMPTON
12:22 Uttoxeter – Download The Star Sports Racing App Now! Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race) (Div II) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m4f
FRENCHY DU LARGE showed a fair level of ability in bumpers, making the frame on all four occasions and Venetia Williams’ charge posted a solid performance on his hurdles and seasonal debut at Lingfield last month behind he exciting Bear Ghylls.
The Al Namix gelding went well for a long way however and he should be better for that outing which was likely needed so he’s expected to be a lot sharper this time around; while he was only beaten just over one length for the bronze medal by a subsequent winner.
He should improve now he has had a run and every chance he can get off the mark now at the second attempt.
12:45 Lingfield – Bombardier British-Hopped Amber Beer Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m
Oh This Is Us has the ability to win this if on a going day, but IRREVERENT gets the vote to get back on the winning trail having gone close when last seen.
Richard Fahey’s charge hasn’t won since scoring at Thirsk last September and his form this term has been rather hit and miss although he did produce a much better effort latest when finding only one too strong at Newcastle last month, beaten by a head.
That form was boosted when the third horse home won next time and he’s only 1lb higher here so ought to remain competitive if handling the switch to polytrack.
1:05 Cheltenham – South West Syndicate Handicap Chase (Conditional Jockeys’ And Amateur Riders’ Race) Cl3 (4yo+ 0-140) 3m1f
LAMANVER PIPPIN has shaped well on all three chase starts to date, readily scoring at Chepstow twelve months ago and returning from a break to post a very good third here in the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenam Festival behind Ravenhill.
Colin Tizzard’s charge didn’t help his cause with a couple of tardy leaps and he was no match for the easy winner; but he kept on well for the bronze medal and a repeat of that effort ought to put him in the mix with his top yard now finding its’ stride.
Still with scope given he’s lightly raced and still relatively unexposed he can go well back in a handicap from this mark and no surprise to see him going close if fully wound up ahead of his return.
1:13 Wetherby – Follow @racingtv On Twitter Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (3yo+ 0-135) 2m3½f
MARIO DE PAIL won twice last term, landing a Ffos Las bumper before making a successful switch to hurdling at Kelso where he beat Dubai Days by an easy twelve lengths.
Sam Thomas’ Blue Bresil gelding was highly tried on both subsequent starts, finishing runner-up to Eden Du Houx at Chepstow before flying too high pitched into the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival where he pulled up.
Far from disgraced on his reappearance at Ffos Las in the Welsh Champion Hurdle behind Sceau Royal who has won a Grade Two since he should be sharper for his reappearance and can do better dropping into an easier grade where he can exploit this handicap mark to get back on the scoresheet.
2:15 Cheltenham – Paddy Power Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4f
Hugely competitive fare which can go the way of SIRUH DU LAC on his first outing for David Pipe and the Turgeon gelding can get back on the winning trail.
A winner of six of his eight starts over fences for Nick Willams which included a brace of Grade Three handicap wins at this venue – notably the Brown Advisory and Merriebelle Stable Plate – he was pulled up in this race twelve months ago although he was still going well when taking a heavy fall at the Cheltenham Festival in March when defending his Festival crown.
He’s since left Nick Williams and joined forces with David Pipe who has tweaked the Turgeon gelding’s wind which might elicit some improvement and he can go well on his reappearance having won first time up in the past.
3:40 Lingfield – Betway Golden Rose Stakes (Listed Race) (All Weather Championships Fast-Track Qualifier) Cl1 (3yo+) 6f
JUDICIAL won this prize twelve months ago and Julie Camacho’s charge can follow up in this race despite not being ideally drawn towards the outer.
The Iffraaj gelding has won twice this term from five starts, winning the Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle as well as the Queensferry Stakes at Chester, and he wasn’t disgraced in finishing fourth latest at York in the Garrowby Stakes where he made his effort earlier than ideal behind Starman and Dakota Gold.
The latter named has won three of his four starts since while the sixth won next time so that form looks very strong and the likely strong pace here will suit so he can get back on track with a return to winning ways and a successful title defence.
7:00 Wolverhampton – Bombardier “March To Your Own Drum” Handicap (Div I) Cl5 (3yo+ 0-75) 1m½f
BUCKINGHAM hasn’t won for a while with seventeen runs having passed without the Clodovil gelding revisiting the winners’ enclosure; but his last couple of outings have suggested it might not be too much longer before Eve Johnson Houghton’s charge ends his losing streak.
Wind surgery appears to have unlocked some improvement since he finished last of ten at Goodwood in August, finishing a close third at Lingfield in October before going one better at Chelmsford next time when beaten just under two lengths by Light Up Our Stars where he wasn’t seen to best effect having been slowly away.
He finished off well however and he can race from the same mark here so can get competitive if getting away on terms this time and no surprise if he goes close.