Saturday racing best bets – Tips for Saturday’s racing fixtures across the UK
Saturday racing best bets and tips
The Bank Holiday weekend plays host to a busy schedule of UK racing action around the country where seven meetings go to post on the flat and over the sticks. We’ve picked out our Saturday racing best bets and tips.
There’s a busy day of horse racing action to look forward to on Bank Holiday Saturday where no less than seven fixtures head to post across the UK on the flat and over the sticks.
The ITV Racing cameras will be in action with coverage of the day’s meetings on the flat in the afternoon at Haydock, Beverley and Chester; while Catterick are also racing in the afternoon on the flat as well as Cartmel over the sticks.
There is further jumps racing in the evening at Ffos Las, while Salisbury on the flat completes the Saturday line-up of meetings. We’ve looked over all seven racecards to pick out our best bets and tips for the day’s fixtures.
SATURDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR SATURDAY’S RACING ACROSS THE UK
1:45 Haydock – Betway Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 6f
BIELSA won four of his first five career starts but struggled last term to get competitive in a number of Class 2 contests with his best run arguably coming on his final start when finishing four lengths’ fifth behind Gulliver at York.
There have been better signs this term from Kevin Ryan’s charge who found only one too good on his seasonal debut at Ayr before running a very good fifth behind Mr Lupton when fitted with first-time cheekpieces back at York earlier in the month where he eventuallly finished fifth.
He travelled well into that race but was unable to sustain his effort to the line having taken up the running heading into the last furlong and his finishing position certainly wasn’t helped when hampered close home.
The handicapper has dropped him 1lb and he takes a step down in class here into a Class 3; he can go well as a consequence and he handles soft ground well so a big run wouldn’t come as a surprise.
2:40 Chester – tote+ Pays You More At tote.co.uk Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 7½f
EJTILAAB might be worth chancing to get back to winning ways having ran better than the bare result over course and distance earlier in the month.
Ian Williams’ charge finished fifth that day from a wide draw behind Grove Ferry where he had reopposing Another Batt one place in arrears; he’s 3lbs better off with that rival here who has won since and the Slade Power gelding can operate from the plum draw on the inside this time.
He’s still relatively lightly raced and he struck over this distance at Chelmsford in November having also finished runner-up over course and distance the time before. There was a lot to like about his reapperance third at Musselburgh in April while the form of his most recent run here has seen both the runner-up and third win subsequently as well as the aforementioned Another Batt.
Assuming the softer ground doesn’t prove a negative he can make his presence felt here having been eased 1lb in the weights and no surprise to see him involved at the finish.
2:45 Cartmel – Holker Hall & Gardens Beginners’ Chase (GBB Race) Cl4 (5yo+) 2m1½f
Nicky Henderson hasn’t had many runners at Cartmel down through the years so it might be worth siding with his FUGITIVES DRIFT who makes the journey north from Seven Barrows and the Yeats gelding can make a winning chase debut.
The six-year old won three times over hurdles including twice last autumn; but he has gone off the boil since and a break hasn’t revived him and he’s run poorly on both starts in April, beaten some twenty lengths at Perth when last seen.
A switch of disciplines might work the oracle for the Henderson runner who tackles the larger obstacles now and he’ll surely have been well schooled ahead of this assignment by his in-form yard which is operating at an overall 55% strike-rate over the past fortnight so a big run wouldn’t surprise.
3:10 Beverley – bet365 Continental Two Year Old Trophy Conditions Stakes (GBB Race) (Colts & Geldings) Cl2 (2yo) 5f
THE GATEKEEPER might have been stretched by six furlongs when last seen at Newbury earlier in the month, fading to finish fifth of six runners behind Dukebox.
Mark Johnston’s charge can however be given another chance having chased home Brocklesby winner Chipotle at Ascot the time before and winning on debut at Musselburgh – form which has since been boosted.
The Excelebration colt possibly went off too hard over the longer trip but he could do better here dropping back to the minimum trip and assuming he handles the significantly softer ground he can get back on the winning trail with the form of his Ascot second being the strongest on offer here.
If he can run up to that level then he should be involved at the business end and he can bounce back from his lesser run last time.
3:30 Haydock – Betway John Of Gaunt Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 7f
SAFE VOYAGE failed to land any sort of a blow in the Lockinge on his reappearance but John Quinn’s charge can prove a different proposition now with that outing under his belt.
The Fast Company gelding won three times last term which included Group Two wins at York and Leopardstown and he also finished just a half-length third behind One Master at Longchamp in a Group One before heading to the Breeders’ Cup.
He cut little ice there and likely would have needed his reappearance where he failed to beat a rival behind the impressive Palace Pier. However he’ll be a lot sharper now and a return to this venue could see him do better given his record at the Merseyside track reads 11112, while he also handles soft ground very well.
Those wins here include this race in 2019 and likely to come on for his seasonal bow he can get back to winning ways here.
3:50 Chester – Mental Health UK Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-90) 1m5½f
BLOW YOUR HORN might be worth chancing in his hat-trick bid with the Golden Horn gelding thriving of late and scoring a recent all-weather double at Newcastle and Chelmsford respectively.
Charlie Fellowe’s charge had found only one too good on his only previous turf start so there should be no issue with his return to grass and he has since impressively notched up his double, latterly running out a comfortable winner over Pearl Beach at around this trip.
He’s been raised 5lbs for that win but there’s likely more to come from him and he ought to go well as he bids for his three-timer assuming he handles this sharper track and tighter turns.
4:15 Catterick – Watch Racing TV Now Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-65) 2m
Assuming this doesn’t come too soon just eight days on then BOLLIN NEIL can win again for this column at Catterick and Tim Easterby’s charge could prove tough to beat here.
The Haafhd gelding has been in good form in recent starts and he bolted up eight days ago in a Class 5 contest with a five lengths’ defeat of Glan Y Gors under this rider.
That was on heavy ground but he had finished a close runner-up the time before in similar conditions to these and he could make light of the 6lbs rise in the weights he has to contend with here where he drops into a Class 6 contest so should in theory find this company a shade easier.
Two of his career wins have come here and he’s only once finished out of the frame at this venue when racing on the level so another big run wouldn’t come as a shock and he can collect the top prize once again.
6:45 Salisbury – Hazelmere Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-75) 6f
Lightly-raced BIGGLES can get back to winning ways returned to six furlongs having possibly just been stretched by the longer trip last time out when beaten by Widaad at Newmarket.
Ralph Beckett’s Zoffany gelding had won over this trip at Kempton the time before, beating Crantock Bay by a half-length and that form was largely upheld when that one finished runner-up at Yarmouth next time.
He travelled well into the Newmarket race he contested last time, but he hung right leaving the dip having taken up the running and was headed by the winner who found extra although the front pairing finished five lengths clear.
That winner has placed in both starts since and the Zoffany gelding could step up as he returns to the sprint division despite a 3lbs rise in the weights.
7:30 Ffos Las – KP Tyres Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m
HOOROO was a winner on the flat for Karl Burke prior to joining this yard and the Hallowed Crown gelding has proven steadily progressive over timber, getting off the mark at the fourth attempt when running out a narrow winner over Grey Girly at Perth earlier this month.
Olly Murphy’s charge was making his first start in a handicap where he overcame a mistake three out to win a shade readily in the end and the front pair were clear of the rest.
He’s been hit with a 5lbs rise for that success but there’s a suspicion he has a bit more to offer in this discipline and he can continue his improvement to strike again.