Saturday racing best bets – Tips for the day’s racecards across the UK
UK racing tips on Saturday 10 April
With five meetings going to post across the UK including the third and final day of the Aintree Grand National meeting. We’ve picked out our Saturday racing best bets and tips for each meeting.
The Aintree Grand National Festival understandably dominates the Saturday horse racing action where five meetings in all will go to post around the UK. In addition to Aintree there is jumps racing action at Chepstow and Newcastle, while Lingfield race on their all-weather surface.
Completing the Saturday quintet is an evening fixture on the tapeta at Wolverhampton with the meeting ending under the floodlights. We’ve looked over all five of the day’s fixtures to pick out our Saturday racing best bets and tips at each meeting.
SATURDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR CHEPSTOW, AINTREE, NEWCASTLE, LINGFIELD & WOLVERHAMPTON
1:00 Chepstow – “Melody’s” In Tune With Kubota Mini-Excavators Handicap Chase Cl4 (5yo+ 0-120) 2m7½f
WAIKIKI WAVES is no stranger to winning notching his latest success at Leicester back in November and Gary Moore’s charge can get back on the scoresheet having found only one too good latest at Taunton.
A five-time winner in 2019 he struggled in the first half 2020 but showed better form in the winter including notching up that last success; he subsequently returned from a break to finish three lengths’ runner-up to Eaglehill last time.
That winner has followed up again to boost the form and the Alexandros gelding can run here off the same mark. While he’s yet to win over three miles he does stay this far and he can go close.
1:25 Lingfield – Download The At The Races App Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-55) 5f
LADY FLORENCE wasn’t seen to best effect when making his return from six months off over this course and distance last month; but with that under her belt the Zebedee filly can get back to winning ways.
Malcolm Saunders’ charge had won over course and distance last August, readily beating Mercers by two lengths and he ran well in his follow-up bid at Wolverhampton the following month.
He raced wide back here on his latest start and may have needed the run given how he folded out of contention; but he’ll be sharper here and while a wide draw again isn’t ideal he could be capable of exploiting this mark having been dropped 2lbs.
2:25 Aintree – Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4f
MY DROGO is going from strength to strength over hurdles, winning for the third time in succession when landing the Premier Kelso Hurdle last month and with the step up to this longer trip promising to suit Dan Skelton’s charge he can maintain his unbeaten record over timber.
The Milan gelding was beaten in a bumper on his debut at Cheltenham back in October but he is 3-3 over hurdles, scoring at Newbury before stepping up to land his first Grade Two win at Ascot, beating Llandinabo Lad readily by three lengths.
That form took a significant boost when the third won the Betfair Hurdle before running with credit in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and the Skelton charge scored impressively latest, coming clear from the last having travelled well in the race.
There’s surely better still to come from him and with this extra distance sure to suit he can maintain his perfect record for his top yard.
2:40 Lingfield – Watch Free Race Replays On attheraces.com Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-90) 1m2f
Lightly-raced SECRET VICTORY can get back to winning ways having lost little caste in defeat back on turf at Doncaster last month behind Throne Hall and Charlie Appleby’s charge can bounce back.
The Dubawi gelding had won twice previously on the all-weather at Kempton and Wolverhampton more recently, beating Amaysmont by one length and back on the all-weather from the same handicap mark he can make his presence felt again.
He’s proven at this level and on polytrack so a big run could be forthcoming under William Buick and with cheekpieces applied again given the headgear has appeared to help him in recent runs.
3:20 Chepstow – John’s KJ Hire 50th Kubota Mini-Excavator Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m
DANCINGWITH STORMS was a winner over hurdles in Ireland for Ellmarie Holden but his first few runs for Warren Greatrex were largely disappointing including when finishing fourth here back in April 2019.
The New Approach gelding was subsequently absent for the thick end of two years before making his return at Huntingdon last month, finishing runner-up behind Onemorefortheroad and with that outing under his belt he could go one better.
He didn’t help his chances late on with mistakes three and two out, but he was clear of the third and the winner, fourth and sixth horses home have all won since to boost the form and he can compete here from the same mark with a good 7lbs claimer up.
He’s been given time to recover from his reappearance and if he can build on the outing then he can get back to winning ways.
3:40 Newcastle – Think Differently At Vertem Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-140) 2m
ORKAN found the test of the Morebattle Hurdle too much for him but back in a more suitable grade the Shirocco gelding can get back on track.
Mark Walford’s charge had won his two previous starts at Wetherby and Warwick either side of a short break, latterly running out a seven lengths’ victor over Song Of The Hunter who has run well twice since.
He finished down the field at Kelso latest but that form has been significantly boosted by the exploits of the winner while the third and sixth horses have both gone on to register wins of their own.
This mark ought to prove workable and the former course and distance ought to be competitive in this slightly easier contest.
6:20 Aintree – Weatherbys nhstallions.co.uk Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4-6yo) 2m1f
KNAPPERS HILL is 2-2 in bumpers and Paul Nicholls’ charge can land the hat-trick with further improvement expected from the Valirann gelding.
Impressive on debut at Chepstow with a seven lengths’ defeat of Just No Risk back in October he stepped up on that performance to follow up at Ascot next time where he landed a Listed prize at the expense of stablemate Stage Star who reopposes.
He travelled well in that contest, taking up the running late on and winning a shade comfortably by one length. The third was thought good enough to contest the Champion Bumper and ran respectably so the form looks decent and further improvement ought to make him competitive again.
This ground is no issue as he won his debut on good ground while his Ascot victory came on softer conditions and he may appreciate the better surface this time around. He can give another good account and no surprise to see him in the mix once more where he can maintain his unbeaten record.
8:15 Wolverhampton – Watch Free Race Replays On attheraces.com Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-75) 2m½f
DESERT FRIEND won two of his three starts for Mark Johnston and although the Universal gelding hasn’t matched that level in a handful of runs for David Simcock he has been contesting stronger races than this.
Fifth latest over this trip at Wolverhampton last month on his return from more than a year off the track behind Kangaroo Point he has seen that form upheld with the winner, third and fourth all making the frame in subsequent runs and he remains on a workable mark.
This is slightly easier than recent assignments and he was arguably given too much to do latest; he could make his presence felt here and he wouldn’t need to improve too much to take a hand in the finish.