Saturday racing best bets – Top tips for the day’s UK horse racing meetings

Saturday racing best bets. Tips for the day's UK horse racing meetings.Saturday racing best bets. Tips for the day's UK horse racing meetings.

Horse racing best bets on Saturday 8 May

A busy day of horse racing action across the UK is in store for punters with no less than seven fixtures heading to post on the flat and over the sticks. We’ve picked out our Saturday racing best bets and tips.

Saturday is going to be a busy one for horse racing fans where seven meetings will go to post across the UK throughout the afternoon and into the evening with racing action both on the flat and over the sticks.

Saturday’s afternoon racing action on the flat comes from the cards at Nottingham, Ascot and also Lingfield where it is Classic Trials Day at the Surrey venue. The ITV Racing cameras will have live TV racing from both that venue and also Ascot where the Victoria Cup is the feature.

Meanwhile there is also jumps racing action in the afternoon at Hexham and Haydock where the Grade Three Swinton Hurdle is the big race of the day; while Warwick also race over the sticks in the evening alongside further action on the flat at Thirsk.

We’ve looked over all the day’s racing action to pick out our Saturday racing best bets and tips at each meeting.


1:40 Lingfield – £20 Sports Welcome Offer At Novibet Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-85) 1m5f

INCHICORE gave some good signs in a couple of runs in maidens last term before getting off the mark at the third attempt when scoring in heavy ground at Leicester on her final start, beating Wise Glory readily.

Alan King’s charge may not have been suited by the shorter trip on her reappearance at Newbury last month behind Flyin’ Solo but she may have needed the run in any case in what was a much stronger race than the one she takes in here.

The form of that race looks decent with a subsequent winner coming out of the race and this step up in trip ought to suit as she drops back in grade and she’ll be sharper with that return to action under her belt so she ought to go close here and can get back to winning ways.

Saturday racing best bets. Alan King can get amongst the winners at Lingfield.

Saturday racing best bets. Alan King can get amongst the winners at Lingfield.

1:45 Nottingham – Join Racing TV Now Handicap (Jockey Club Grassroots Sprint Series Qualifier) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 5f

BOUNDLESS POWER failed to get off the mark for John Feane in Ireland last term although the Slade Power gelding did manage to find the frame on a few occasions prior to a switch to this yard and he made a good first impression for Michael Appleby with a good runner-up effort behind Cash Machine at Chelmsford last month.

That was his first run in more than seven months and he was entitled to have needed the run; he’ll come on for that first start and he could improve for his shrewd operation which does well with such types.

He was only headed late in that last run so this drop to the minimum trip could see him going one better back in a handicap from a mark which may prove workable given he’s open to progress.

1:55 Ascot – tote+ Exclusively At British EBF Fillies’ Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 1m

LIGHTS ON was promising last term, racing four times and winning at Newcastle while making the frame in her other three outings; Sir Michael Stoute’s charge subsequently made a winning return from almost six months off when beating Crystal Casque readily by three lengths at Nottingham last month.

The Siyouni filly raced keenly there and needed some driving although she was ultimately well on top at the end and with the potential for more to come she can defy a 7lbs rise in the ratings to strike again here.

With her yard in good form and having turned in an impressive effort on her seasonal debut she should be sharper now and can improve so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her in the mix again.

2:35 Haydock – Pertemps Network Conditions Stakes Cl2 (3yo+) 6f

Only four runners go to post for this and BRANDO can get back to winning ways at a track where he often runs well if not quite getting the wins his performances deserve.

Kevin Ryan’s charge probably isn’t the force of old but he remained competitive last term in Pattern company, making the frame three times from his starts including in the British Champions Sprint where he was only beaten a nose by Glen Shiel and a reproduction of that effort would make him tough to beat.

His last win came at Hamilton back in June 2019 but he could end his drought here where he’ll have been sharpened up by his run in the Cammidge Trophy at Doncaster where he finished two lengths’ third to Royal Commando.

Given how that form has worked out he ought to go close if building on the run and with soft ground no problem as well as being a past course winner he ought to go close.

Saturday racing best bets. Brando can get back on the winning trail at Haydock.

Saturday racing best bets. Brando can get back on the winning trail at Haydock.

2:55 Nottingham – British Stallion Studs EBF Kilvington Stakes (Listed Race) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (3yo+) 6f

CHOCOYA progressed well last term, winning back-to-back races on the all-weather before finishing a good third in a Listed contest at Newmarket on her final start of the campaign behind Ventura Diamond.

The Sepoy filly has twice finished runner-up this term from three starts – both on the all-weather – but she shaped well on turf in between when fourth to Sacred in the Group Three Nell Gwyn Stakes where the longer trip may have stretched her stamina.

Trainer Hugo Palmer drops her back to six furlongs here which should be of benefit and she was only run down late in a Listed contest nine days ago at Chelmsford; a repeat of that run should see her going very close here assuming she’s none the worse for the quick turnaround.

3:20 Hexham – J S Hubbuck Memorial Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m4f

LASKADINE has been in good fettle over the winter, winning twice in testing ground at Newcastle and Sedgefield respectively; but the Martaline mare has continued the good work on better ground the last twice where she’s made the frame in starts at Doncaster and back at Newcastle latterly although she was no match for an easy winner last time.

Ben Haslam’s charge may not have been suited by having to make her own running on that occasion and the resultant slow pace wouldn’t have played to her strengths. She can do better with the likelihood of getting a lead this time and assuming the longer trip doesn’t catch her out she could go well here with conditions to suit.

Her previous tries at around this trip haven’t ended well for her, but this doesn’t look a strong race with plenty of out-of-form rivals in opposition so she looks worth chancing that she can last home despite not looking obviously well-treated on her recent efforts.

3:25 Lingfield – Novibet Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f

ISABELLA GILES showed progressive form last term, winning four of her six starts which included the Group Two Shadwell Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket from Nazuna and Clive Cox’s charge possibly found one mile on soft ground stretching her stamina back at Newmarket in the Fillies’ Mile on her final start of the campaign.

The Belardo filly looked in need of her reappearance at Newbury last month in the Fred Darling Stakes, finishing sixth having raced keenly and perhaps not getting home on her first run of the campaign; she should strip fitter this time though and can do better.

She carries a penalty here but she still looks well-weighted taking on the older horses and if building on that recent debut dropping back in trip here then she can make her presence felt.

Saturday racing best bets. Isabella Giles can get back on the winning trail in the Chartwell Fillies' Stakes.

Saturday racing best bets. Isabella Giles can get back on the winning trail in the Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes.

7:05 Thirsk – Visit Handicap Cl4 (4yo+ 0-80) 1m4f

GOLDEN HIND progressed well last term in a light campaign, taking another step forward when successful at Newcastle on her final start prior to a break where the Golden Horn filly beat Bellatrixsa by just over one length.

David O’Meara’s charge may just have needed her reappearance at Wolverhampton last month where she could only finish fifth behind Spring Glow. However she can step up on that effort and will be sharper for that return so can do better here.

She had gone close on debut when runner-up on soft ground so any ease of the ground shouldn’t pose an issue and still unexposed with a potential for better having been eased 1lb she can go close and might be able to resume winning ways.

7:20 Warwick – Racing TV Profits Returned To Racing Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-140) 2m3f

Consistent STORMY FLIGHT has posted a series of solid runs in defeat since scoring at Taunton last March, only once finishing out of the frame and the Cloudings gelding got back on the scoresheet when successful at Uttoxeter last month.

Jeremy Scott’s charge won a shade readily there from Breaking Waves, travelling well into the race and coming to lead over the last before asserting for the win. That form doesn’t look too bad with the runner-up as well as the fourth and fifth horses all finding the frame since and a 4lbs rise in the handicap for that success looks fair.

This looks no tougher assignment than that last outing and there could be better to come from her so she looks worth sticking with here to follow up and she can mount another bold bid.