Saturday racing best bets – Tips for Kempton, Newcastle, Lingfield and Chelmsford
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A quality line-up of horse racing meetings is in store for punters on Saturday with four meetings going to post around the UK over the sticks and on the all-weather. We’ve looked through each of the day’s fixtures to pick out our Saturday racing best bets and tips.
There’s plenty of classy action to look forward to over the sticks and on the all-weather on Saturday as four meetings head to post and there might be a couple of late Cheltenham Festival clues to be had from the day’s feature meeting over jumps at Kempton where a trio of Grade Two races await.
Meanwhile the Eider Chase is the main event of the day at Newcastle, while on the all-weather in the afternoon at Lingfield it is Winter Derby day and all three meetings feature on the day’s ITV Racing broadcast.
Completing Saturday’s fixture list in the evening is an all-weather card under the floodlights at Chelmsford and we’ve looked over all four of the day’s meetings to pick out our Saturday racing best bets and tips.
SATURDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR KEMPTON, NEWCASTLE, LINGFIELD & CHELMSFORD
1:35 Newcastle – Break From The Herd With Vertem Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl3 (5yo+) 2m4½f
WETLANDS won a bumper here last March and Nicky Richards’ Westerner gelding has improved with each start over hurdles getting off the mark at the third attempt with a wide-margin defeat of East Harlem at Ayr back in December.
He had filled the frame on both previous outings at Ayr and Carlisle, the latter coming over a similar trip to this where he was beaten four lengths by Gaston Phebus and he was impressive latest where he put in an excellent round of jumping before readily quickening clear from two out.
That form is only ordinary but there’s surely more to come from him and the return to this longer trip should hold no fears, while he’s proven in the conditions and having won already at the track he can add to his tally under champion jockey Brian Hughes.
2:40 Lingfield – Betway Winter Derby Stakes (Group 3) (All-Weather Championships Fast-Track Qualifier) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m2f
FELIX can get back to winning ways here having perhaps been given too much to do last time behind Bangkok in the Trial for this race and Marco Botti’s charge can win this valuable prize.
Also a turf winner for Sir Michael Stoute prior to joining this yard he has made up into a very smart performer, winning three of his four starts last term on the all-weather following his move to this yard which included over course and distance last January.
The Lope De Vega gelding resumed this term with a short-head defeat of Bangkok at Wolverhampton last month where he got up on the post and he was perhaps just too far back when the pace lifted latest where the race developed into a sprint.
This contest is likely to be run at a more suitable pace and reunited with Hollie Doyle the five-year old can get back to winning ways with the pair having notched two wins from three when combining.
3:00 Kempton – Sky Bet Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m
ATHOLL STREET has looked a very smart prospect in registering a brace of Taunton successes since switched to hurdles and Paul Nicholls’ charge can land a hat-trick of wins here.
The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle entry at the Cheltenham Festival still looked in need of the experience despite running out a wide-margin winner of his latest start at Taunton where he coasted home 16 lengths clear of Heart Of A Lion having made all the running and jockey Harry Cobden was able to ease the Jeremy gelding down for an impressive success.
That bare form might not amount to much but he did the job in the manner of a horse who has more to give as he overcame his penalty with little fuss and with further improvement likely he ought to make his presence felt upped in grade and having been freshened up by a break.
3:10 Lingfield – Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 1m4f
CARDANO arrives here on a hat-trick having struck recent course and distance wins the last twice and Ian Williams’ charge can collect at the expense of stablemate Lucky’s Dream.
Richard Kingscote has ridden the Oasis Dream to both recent victories but switches to that rival here; however Ian Williams’ hat-trick seeker earns the vote having won readily seven days ago and his 4lbs rise in the weights is largely offset by Ray Dawson’s 3lbs claim.
He had the run of the race last time when beating Myseven and he could be given a soft lead here again which might see him hard to peg back once more around this venue and he can land his three-timer.
4:10 Kempton – Close Brothers Motor Finance Handicap Chase Cl3 (5yo+ 0-130) 2m4½f
OURO BRANCO is unexposed as a chaser and Nigel Hawke’s charge can get back to winning ways here having possibly just been stretched by three miles in the mud last time.
The Kapgarde gelding had won three of his four previous starts over fences, beating the useful Francky Du Berlais when making his seasonal reappearance at Wincanton on Boxing Day and that form has been franked since with the runner-up along with the third and sixth all winning since.
He lost no caste in defeat when finishing eight lengths’ runner-up behind Fagan at Newbury last month where he was keen early; but he held every chance over the last before perhaps just failing to see out the trip in the ground and he might be happier back at this shorter distance.
He’s only 2lbs higher in the weights for this latest outing and the lightly-raced sort can get back on the winning trail assuming the better ground here doesn’t inconvenience.
4:25 Newcastle – Vertem-Leading The Field Handicap Chase (Challenger Middle Distance Chase Series Qualifier) Cl3 (5yo+ 0-135) 2m4f
ASCOT DE BRUYERE won this race twelve months ago from 5lbs lower and James Ewart’s charge can mount a successful defence.
The Kapgarde gelding saves his best for this venue and is 2-3 over course and distance and 4-7 overall with his latest success coming when last seen back in November where he ran out a near-20 lengths’ victor over Oscar Ceremony on his first run since wind surgery following eight months off.
While he’s never won from a rating as high as this he has made the frame from higher marks in the past and all ground comes alike to him having twice won on heavy ground earlier in his career so he looks primed for another big performance back from another break and with Brian Hughes booked.
6:30 Chelmsford – tote.co.uk Live Streaming Every UK Race Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-65) 6f
SIR HECTOR arrives here in good fettle, winning over course and distance back in November and following up at Lingfield the following month. The Sir Prancealot gelding has filled the frame in all three subsequent starts in 2021 latterly going down by just a neck behind Vape back over this course and distance.
Charlie Wallis’ charge lost little caste in defeat on that occasion where he was just outgunned by the winner and possibly conceding first run.
He’s only 2lbs higher here and given his consistency he looks sure to post another bold effort in this contest having placed from higher marks in the past so it would be no surprise to see him going close.
8:00 Chelmsford – Racing Welfare Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-60) 1m2f
GLINT OF AN EYE hasn’t been beaten by much in her last couple of outings and Henry Spiller’s charge might be able to open her win account here.
The Austrailia filly has finished third the last twice, most recently beaten around two lengths behind Run After Genesis at Kempton where he might not have been suited by the steady pace.
He kept on well though and the handicapper has elected to leave him alone at the weights for this latest run so he can take advantage upped in trip.