Saturday racing best bets – Tips for Warwick, Market Rasen, Lingfield and Kempton
Horse racing tips on Saturday 16 January
We pick out our Saturday racing best bets and tips for the day’s fixtures across the UK.
Assuming the weather doesn’t continue to wreak havoc with the scheduled fixture list then four meetings will head to post across the UK on Saturday with some high-quality racing action at both Market Rasen and Warwick over the sticks with the latter featuring two Grade Two contests as well as the latest renewal of the competitive Classic Chase.
In addition to the day’s jumps racing cards there is also afternoon all-weather action from Lingfield, while in the evening Kempton’s all-weather meeting under the floodlights completes the day’s fixture list.
We’ve taken a look through each of the day’s racecards and give our Saturday racing best bets and tips.
SATURDAY RACING BEST BETS – TIPS FOR WARWICK, MARKET RASEN, LINGFIELD & KEMPTON
1:15 Warwick – Edward Courage Cup Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+) 2m
AMOOLA GOLD had some very useful chase form already in the book prior to making a winning reappearance following a break at Wetherby and Dan Skelton’s charge stepped up on that performance to land a Listed contest at Ascot in October where he beat Ibleo.
The Mamool gelding lost little caste in his latest start when denied by a neck behind First Flow, given too much to do, and that form has been boosted with the winner going in again since when taking the Castleford Chase; while the third has also won subsequently.
His earlier defeat of Ibleo has also been boosted and while he’s 6lbs higher in the weights here following his near miss latest he could be worth chancing to get back on track.
1:25 Lingfield – Bombardier British-Hopped Amber Beer Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 1m
FOX POWER was a Listed winner earlier in his career, winning the Burradon Stakes at Newcastle from 2lbs higher than his current rating and while the Dark Angel gelding has been rather hit and miss since he might be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet.
Richard Hannon’s charge was in fair heart in the first few months of 2020, but he struggled on turf over the summer and failed to trouble the judge in three starts on the grass.
However he ran better back on tapeta at Wolverhampton when last seen in November and if he can build on that effort on polytrack then he could take advantage of this rating. The drop back to one mile will suit and the form of that last run has seen the runner-up and third both win since and freshened up following a break he could prove the answer here.
2:05 Market Rasen – MansionBet Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m½f
LANGER DAN has disappointed on both his outings this term but Dan Skelton’s charge might be worth chancing to bounce back having had a wind operation since his last outing.
The Okovango gelding struck gold on each of his first two starts over hurdles which included a Listed contest, after which he twice finished runner-up before running a very creditable sixth in the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival back in March last campaign behind Aramax.
He was beaten less than five lengths in that competitive contest from a mark 4lbs higher than today’s rating and he has a good value 7lbs claimer on board for this assignment so he’s clearly well-treated on these terms if able to shrug off his lesser efforts.
He possibly had excuses for both those runs, perhaps needing the outing on his reappearance at Chepstow before having his stamina stretched when last seen. Still lightly-raced he remains capable of better and he could be worth chancing for his in-form yard to post a big run.
2:40 Market Rasen – MansionBet’s Bet 10 Get 20 Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+) 2m7f
Assuming his recent Kempton exertions haven’t left a mark then ON THE BLIND SIDE could be hard to beat turned out just seven days on from chasing home McFabulous in a Grade Two contest at Kempton.
The Stowaway gelding didn’t really take to chasing over the past couple of campaigns, but he’s been rejuvenated returned to hurdles and he won on his reappearance at Cheltenham in November in a Listed contest prior to finding only one too good back there next time where he had reopposing Mohayyed – gave that rival 9lbs – behind him.
Nicky Henderson’s charge is better off at the weights with that rival in this latest outing and so 0should confirm that form if repeating his performance from seven days ago.
Providing all is well then Nicky Henderson’s charge and assuming this outing doesn’t come too soon then he can get back to winning ways in this contest where conditions will prove no problem.
3:00 Warwick – McCoy Contractors Civil Engineering Classic Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m5f
STORM CONTROL has shown much improved form since being stepped up in trip in recent runs and Kerry Lee’s charge arrives here chasing a hat-trick of wins having already struck twice at Cheltenham this term, the latter of which came in a Grade Three when outgunning Potters Legend last month.
The September Storm gelding has been well served by the longer trip and he won a shade comfortably last time despite idling in front and almost pulling himself up, finding plenty for pressure when challenged in that latest win and pulling out more so there is a suspicion he was value for more than the official winning margin.
He steps up again in trip which might unlock another jolt of improvement and having only been given a 5lbs rise in the weights the extra burden might prove lenient given he’s still unexposed as a chaser.
The yard won this in 2016 and saddled the runner-up twelve months later so have history in this event and with conditions no problem for their runner here he should give a good account.
3:10 Lingfield – Betway Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 6f
TOTAL COMMITMENT has been in good form in his past couple of runs, scoring over this trip at Kempton in November before finding only the useful Fox Duty Free too strong over an extra furlong at this venue when last seen out last month.
The Exceed and Excel gelding was beaten just over one length on that occasion, running on well but unable to match the winner’s speed late on.
That form has since been boosted by the winner going in again since and he can make his presence felt again back at six furlongs from the same mark.
Assuming a short break hasn’t taken the edge off him then Simon Hodgson’s charge ought to remain competitive and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him in the mix again here.
7:20 Kempton – Unibet/EBF Fillies’ Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-90) 7f
BROUGHTON SUNPEARL produced a career-best effort to score readily under this rider over this course and distance last month and the Swiss Spirit filly could be worth sticking with to repeat the dose.
Tom Clover’s charge steps into a much higher grade here and she has bee raised 8lbs for that last success so clearly needs to improve again; however the third horse home from that breakthrough success last time has since won to give the form a boost and there could be more to come.
Still low-mileage she again has the services of Laura Pearson for this outing and with further progess not ruled out she can make her presence felt.