Saturday racing best bets – Tips for Lingfield, Kempton and Doncaster
Saturday racing best bets and tips
We’ve picked out our Saturday racing best bets and tips for the day’s fixtures around the UK.
While Cheltenham has become the latest fixture to fall foul of the recent wet spell there are still three meetings heading to post on Saturday including a top-class Sky Bet Chase card at Doncaster which in addition to the competitive handicap feature also plays host to a trio of Grade Two contests over the sticks.
There are also two meetings on the all-weather on Saturday with Lingfield and Kempton both racing on their respective polytrack surfaces. The former steps into the breach to fill the void left in the ITV Racing schedule following the loss of Cheltenham and we’ve picked out our Saturday racing best bets and tips for the day’s UK racemeetings.
SATURDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR LINGFIELD, KEMPTON & DONCASTER
12:55 Doncaster – Visit attheraces.com Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m3½f
MERCUTIO ROCK has shown plenty in his three starts to date in bumpers and over hurdles, finding only one too good at Chepstow on his hurdles debut at Chepstow in November before running a gallant fourth at Uttoxeter when last seen.
He was beaten around 12 lengths on that occasion behind No Risk Des Flos and that form looks useful; he can get competitive here switching to handicaps from a workable mark and stepping up in trip which ought to suit.
Much less exposed than most of these rivals Jonjo O’Neill’s charge can continue to improve with experience and every chance he can go close here.
1:45 Lingfield – Ladbrokes Watch Racing Online For Free Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-75) 7f
BINT AL ANOOD has improved with every start and the Dubawi filly got off the mark at the fourth attempt when running out a comfortable winner over Lightning Lou over this trip at Kempton earlier in the month, scoring by just over one length.
John Gosden’s charge travelled strongly in that contest having pressed the leader for most of the contest before taking up the running entering the last furlong and she gave the impression there was more still to come from her.
She switches now to handicapping for the first time where a mark of 74 looks very workable and she can give a good account in this contest where it would be no surprise to see her going close.
2:35 Kempton – Unibet Casino Deposit £10 Get £40 Bonus Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-75) 1m4f
CATBIRD SEAT has improved for the switch to handicapping, bettering a runner-up at Wolverhamptn over this trip to score over the same course and distance next time with a defeat of Greengage by a head under this rider.
Alan King’s Kingston Hill gelding latterly finished less than one length third behind Caribeno at Lingfield earlier this month, only giving way late having travelled well into the contest but unable to quite see out his effort.
That form has been boosted since with the fifth winning next time out and he’s only 1lb higher in the weights for this latest start so he could well improve again and he can go close.
2:55 Lingfield – Betway Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 1m4f
HYDROPLANE is back on the flat for the first time since finishing runner-up at Epsom on his final start for Sir Mark Prescott and the Pour Moi gelding could be worth chancing in receipt of weight all round to get back to winning ways.
A triple-winner for his previous yard including over this trip he joined Ian Williams in the wake of that run at Epsom where he found only King Of The Sand too strong in heavy ground; he’s since campaigned over hurdles, scoring at Market Rasen back in December and possibly found the run coming too soon on his last start at Doncaster eight days later when finishing a well-beaten third.
Back on the flat he has the ability to run well from this mark and he finished runner-up over this trip at Kempton from this rating back in September 2019. He represents a yard in good form and there could be more to come from him back on the level so looks worth chancing from his basement mark.
3:15 Doncaster – Sky Bet Handicap Chase (Listed Race) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m
Progressive CANELO can follow up his recent win in the Rowland Meyrick Chase and Alan King’s charge ought to give a good account in this competitive contest.
The Mahler gelding has won three of his last five starts over fences, scoring at Huntingdon in heavy ground last March and stepping up on his seasonal reappearance at Uttoxeter to score at Aintree in November, beating Quoi De Neuf.
The King runner found reopposing Cap Du Nord too strong at Newbury in November but he’s 4lbs better off with that rival here and he won a shade cosily at Wetherby when last seen scoring over Snow Leopardess.
He’s been raised 6lbs for that win but there could be better still to come and he’s unexposed over this trip so can progress again to go close.
5:30 Kempton – racingtv.com Classified Stakes (Div II) Cl6 (4yo+ 0-50) 1m
MOMTALIK has been in good form on the Southwell fibresand, twice making the frame and also registering a win on his penultimate start earlier in the month; Ivan Furtado’s charge has to back up his good spell on this different surface but if the switch to polytrack doesn’t prove an inconvenience the Point Of Entry gelding can continue his fine spell.
He had run out a two lengths’ victor over The British Lion when scoring that Southwell win two starts ago and he lost little caste in defeat four days later when beaten four lengths into third behind Van Dijk back over that course and distance latest.
The winner and runner-up have both won since and he remains with scope despite a 3lbs rise in the weights if proving as adept on this quicker surface and taking on more exposed rivals.