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Saturday racing best bets at Haydock, Carlisle, Market Rasen, Musselburgh and Wolverhampton.Saturday racing best bets at Haydock, Carlisle, Market Rasen, Musselburgh and Wolverhampton.

Saturday racing best bets and tips 3 April

Another weekend of horse racing action to look forward to and five meetings head to post on the flat and over the sticks; we’ve looked over the day’s racing action to pick out our Saturday racing best bets and tips.

Five meetings head to post on Saturday as the Bank Holiday weekend continues with action over the sticks and on the flat both on turf and the all-weather. The day’s feature meeting comes from Musselburgh which spearheads the ITV Racing broadcast with racing on the flat on turf; while there are a trio of jumps racing fixtures going to post at Haydock, Carlisle and Newton Abbot.

Completing the Saturday fixture list is an evening fixture on the tapeta at Wolverhampton which ends under the floodlights and we’ve looked over the day’s racing to pick out our Saturday racing best bets and tips.


1:00 Haydock – Betway Challenger Mares’ Hurdle Series Final Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m3f

SEXY LOT is proving both consistent and progressive, winning twice back in November and bouncing back from a trio of runner-up efforts to win readily back in novice company at Sandown last month where she cruised to a six lengths’ victory over Sopran Thor.

David Pipe’s charge wore cheekpieces on that occasion which seemed to help the Camelot mare find some improvement and an 8lbs rise could yet prove workable given she remains open to further improvement while Fergus Gillard continues in the saddle and his 5lbs claim helps offset part of that hike.

Any potential drying of the ground won’t be an issue and likely to continue in form she can make her presence felt once more where she can follow up that last-time win.

Saturday racing best bets. David Pipe can saddle a winner on the card at Haydock.

Saturday racing best bets. David Pipe can saddle a winner on the card at Haydock.

2:05 Haydock – Betway Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series Final Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 1m7½f

VISION DU PUY doesn’t have many miles on the clock and the lightly-raced mare could give jockey Harry Skelton another winner as the rider pursues a first jockey title.

Trained by brother Dan he was a winner in France prior to joining this yard where he made an immediate impact with victory at Perth on his debut for his new yard. That was his sole start of the summer and he returned to finish a good third to Lady Buttons in a Doncaster Listed contest prior to possibly being amiss at Cheltenham after which he was absent for more than one year.

Having had a couple of runs to sharpen him up this term he got back to winning ways latest with victory at Stratford where he beat Glory And Fortune by just over one length and open to further improvement he can defy a 5lbs rise in the weights to strike again.

2:13 Carlisle – Upperby Novices’ Handicap Chase Cl5 (5yo+ 0-105) 2m5f

BIRD ON THE WIRE showed race by race improvement in a handful of starts over hurdles, taking a forward step in the wake of wind surgery to find only one too good at Catterick latest behind Mr Chua where he was beaten five lengths.

The third horse home in that race did no harm to the form next time and the Martaline gelding could improve again now tackling fences given he is a two-time winner in the point-to-point sphere.

This rating switching to the handicap ranks over the larger obstacles could prove very workable given his potential for better and he can get off the mark under Rules with a winning chase debut.

3:23 Carlisle – Every Race Live On Racing TV Handicap Chase Cl3 (5yo+ 0-135) 2m

EAMON AN CNOIC should find this easier than his recent Cheltenham Festival assignment where he ran respectably behind handicap blot The Shunter and David Pipe’s charge is worth chancing to bounce back having been in good form prior to that run.

The Westerner gelding had twice finished runner-up as well as run out a wide-margin winner of a Sandown contest over hurdles and having been dropped 5lbs in the wake of his run at Cheltenham he’s well handicapped on old form having won from higher in the past.

He might ideally prefer softer ground so the drying conditions are a slight worry, but he has won on quicker ground over hurdles in the past and he could go close here back in much calmer seas.

4:11 Musselburgh – Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 5f

PRIMO’S COMET ran his best race for some time on the all-weather when finishing just over one length fourth to reopposing Fashion Advice back in February; but returning to turf here can see Jim Goldie’s charge reverse that form and the Orientor gelding can get back to winning ways.

His last win came over this course and distance last July and while his form subsequently was a bit patchy he did run some good races in defeat including twice more here over the summer months.

He now gets 2lbs from Fashion Advice in this rematch where the booking of Hollie Doyle catches the eye and he can race here from 2lbs below his last winning mark so is handicapped to go close. With a decent record over this course and distance he should be competitive again and if building on his promising run last time he can regain the winning thread.

Saturday racing best bets. Jockey Richard Johnson can ride a winner on the card at Carlisle.

Saturday racing best bets. Jockey Richard Johnson can ride a winner on the card at Carlisle.

4:15 Newton Abbot – Racing Welfare Novices’ Handicap Chase Cl5 (5yo+ 0-100) 2m5f

AULD SOD made the perfect start to life with Philip Hobbs when making a winning debut at Fontwell last August and while his results since have been somewhat hit-or-miss he has largely run quite well in defeat.

The Court Cave gelding was a maiden prior to that breakthrough victory which saw him gain a neck verdict over Agentleman and his latest outing back in December at Wincanton resulted in a fourth-place finish behind First Man where he was only beaten around three lengths.

That form is fair with the first three home all registering subsequent wins and Richard Johnson takes over in the saddle here so a big run wouldn’t come as a surprise following a break. He’s run well when fresh in the past with his maiden victory coming on the back of a year off and every chance he can make his presence felt here.

5:20 Wolverhampton – Watch Free Race Replays On Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-75) 1m4f

ACT NATURALLY is progressing with every start and bettering her finishing position each time; Simon Crisford’s charge can get off the mark now at the fourth attempt.

The Frankel filly found only one too good latest when stepped up to this trip at Newcastle last month, beaten two lengths by Dirham Emirati where she was no match for the winner who looked potentially smart.

Given she was slow to leave the stalls having missed the break it was a creditable effort in the circumstances and now switching to the handicap ranks a mark of 71 might just underestimate her potential for further improvement to come.

She had finished fourth on her previous run at this venue over a shorter trip and the winner of that race won next time out while she finished ahead of the runner-up when the pair met next time and it wouldn’t come as a shock to see her continue her progression to get off the mark here.