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Horse racing tips on Saturday 3 July

A quality day of horse racing action awaits punters with the Coral Eclipse Stakes and Lancashire Oaks both highlights on the afternoon’s fixture list; we’ve looked over all the day’s racing across the UK and picked out our Saturday racing best bets.

We have another excellent day of horse racing action to look forward to on Saturday with five more meetings heading to post across the country and some quality racing to be shown on ITV Racing.

The Coral Eclipse Stakes is the feature race of the day at Sandown, while it is Lancashire Oaks day at Haydock; while elsewhere flat racing in the afternoon also comes from Leicester and Beverley.

In the evening there is just one meeting taking place with a fixture on the flat from Carlisle and we’ve looked over all the day’s racing action around the country to pick out our Saturday racing best bets and tips for the action.


1:50 Sandown – Coral Charge (Group 3) (Registered As The Sprint Stakes) Cl1 (3yo+) 5f

KEEP BUSY finished behind reopposing Arecibo in the recent King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, but it might be worth chancing John Quinn’s charge to come out on top this time.

The Night Of Thunder filly ran a number of very creditable races last term including finishing runner-up in last season’s Scurry Stakes behind another of today’s opponents in Lazuli and he won at Hamilton in August.

His best run though came when beaten only a half-length by Glass Slippers in the Flying Five and he’s continued in good form this term including that Ascot run prior to getting back to winning ways in Listed company at Ayr latest.

Softer ground is certainly no problem and he can continue to give a good account of himself back up in grade into this Group Three contest.

2:10 Leicester – CDA Wine Cooler Handicap Cl5 (3yo 0-70) 1m4f

Lightly-raced DOLPHIN could be the way to go in this contest having improved her finishing position with each run and Roger Charlton’s charge can get off the mark now.

The Sea The Stars filly finished third on her latest start in maiden company at Goodwood last month, shaping as if he’d appreciate a stiffer test and this step up in trip could unlock further improvement.

That form has been boosted since by the winner going in again next time and the selection now goes handicapping for the first time where a mark of 70 might prove very workable given she’s open to further progress.

Saturday racing best bets. Hollie Doyle can ride a winner on the card at Leicester.

Saturday racing best bets. Hollie Doyle can ride a winner on the card at Leicester.

2:40 Haydock – bet365 Lancashire Oaks (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4f

DUBAI FOUNTAIN could be worth chancing to get back to winning ways and Mark Johnston’s charge can go close here if back to her best.

A course winner as a juvenile last term she also finished runner-up three times including in the May Hill Stakes at Doncaster and she returned this term with a defeat of Zeyaadah at Chester when tried over the longer trip for the first time in the Cheshire Oaks.

The Teofilo filly patently failed to handle the track at Epsom in the Oaks but posted a better performance when last seen in the Ribblesdale where she finished a good fifth and beaten only around four lengths.

She’s won on softer ground in the past so any rain won’t be an issue for the Johnston runner who could go well here as she bids for a return to winning ways and there’d be no shock in seeing her getting involved.

3:00 Sandown – Coral Distaff (Listed Race) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 1m

STATEMENT struck a Newbury win last term in heavy ground and Martyn Meade’s charge looks worth chancing here to get back to winning ways.

The Lawman filly was beaten only a short-head on her reappearance in the Fred Darling back at Newbury by Alcohol Free who has since won a Group One and she ran better than the bare result in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket where she finished eighth having possibly done too much in front.

She then went to Epsom and the Princess Elizabeth Stakes where she finished third although she didn’t appear totally at ease on the track and this venue might suit her better so dropping in grade for this latest run she ought to make her presence felt and she sets a decent standard.

Saturday racing best bets. Martyn Meade can saddle a Sandown winner on Saturday.

Saturday racing best bets. Martyn Meade can saddle a Sandown winner on Saturday.

3:50 Haydock – bet365 Nursery Handicap (Jockey Club Grassroots Nursery Series Qualifier) Cl5 (2yo 0-75) 6f

CASHEW has been progressing well this term, getting off the mark at the third attempt when scoring in softer ground at Windsor in May and then running well under a penalty at Salisbury next time when beaten into second by Groom.

George Boughey’s two-year olds have had a cracking season and the Bated Breath filly could improve now she goes handicapping and an initial mark of 77 looks fair although jockey Mark Crehan can take off a handy 3lbs so she could prove quite well treated as a result.

Given her progressive form there’d be no surprise in seeing her progress again and she resume winning ways for her good yard.

3:55 Leicester – Fillies’ Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-70) 6f

SHECANDOO was never a factor in her last run at Sandown last month, possibly finding the run coming too soon but certainly not helping her chances by being slowly away and it might be worth chancing Conrad Allen’s charge to bounce back here.

The Toronado filly had been in decent fettle prior to that effort, winning at Lingfield in April and making the frame in two subsequent runs at the same venue on both the all-weather and turf tracks.

She’s been given a little break since that last outing which saw her finish eighth to Saaheq and she could be capable of better as she bids to get back on track especially if there’s a strong pace to this race.

4:02 Beverley – Coconut Cup Fillies’ Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 1m½f

STRAWBERRI is showing improved form with every starts, getting off the mark at the third attempt when digging deep to hold off Barshaa at Haydock latest in heavy ground and the Gleneagles filly can follow up here.

Roger Varian’s charge won’t mind any rain that may fall then and she makes her handicap debut here from a workable mark which could underestimate her potential for improvement while a good claimer takes off a handy 3lbs which only enhances her winning claims.

Likely to have further progress in her locker still to come she ought to make her presence felt if the quicker ground here doesn’t prove a hindrance although the prospect of race will certainly be in her favour should the ground ease.

Saturday racing best bets. Beverley are racing on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday racing best bets. Beverley are racing on Saturday afternoon.

7:50 Carlisle – Jim Williamson Memorial Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-60) 1m1f

DETECTIVE was probably unsuited by the drop in trip when beaten into second last time out, but the Kingman gelding had been in good form previously and had won over course and distance in May.

Dianne Sayer’s charge is returned to the longer trip here which will suit and although he was beaten last time out the form looks fair in the context of this race so he could yet to better and bounce back to winning form from just 1lb higher.

He looks a progressive sort who likely has more to come and the return to this longer trip will be more to his liking so there’d be no surprise to see him back on the scoresheet now.