Saturday racing best bets – UK racing tips for the day’s racemeetings
Saturday racing best bets and tips for the day’s meetings
A busy day of horse racing action is in store on Saturday for horse racing fans with a number of meetings going to post around the country and we’ve picked out our Saturday racing best bets and tips.
We have a busy day of UK horse racing action for punters to get stuck into on Saturday with a number of flat racing fixtures around the country headed by the fourth and final day of racing at Doncaster for the St Leger Festival where the world’s oldest Classic is the main event of the day on Town Moor.
There is also racing at Chester where there is Listed action on the card in the afternoon while Bath and Musselburgh also goes to post with the latter being a later start and running into the evening.
Completing the Saturday quintet of racemeetings is a twilight all-weather fixture on the polytrack at Lingfield and across the day’s five meetings there will be 36 races in all for punters to puzzle over. We’ve looked over the day’s fixtures to pick out our Saturday racing best bets and tips for the day’s action.
SATURDAY RACING BEST BETS – UK RACING TIPS FOR THE DAY’S FIXTURES
2:00 Chester – tote+ Stand Cup Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4½f
ALOUNAK is very capable of winning at this level and it could pay to keep the Camelot gelding onside as he bids to get back to winning ways.
It took him a while to find the target for Andrew Balding but he had largely run well in defeat prior to getting off the mark at Haydock in soft ground back in July. That win was followed up by a solid run back in a Group Three at Goodwood behind Passion And Glory and he again acquitted himself well in defeat when third to Sonnyboyliston in the recent Ebor Handicap.
Softer ground is certainly no problem and he should still be relatively fresh following a light campaign so he can make his presence felt here and his fitness swings the vote in his favour over defending champion Alignak who returns from a year off and might need this.
2:20 Doncaster – Champagne Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (2yo) 7f
This could prove a shootout between Reach For The Moon and LUSAIL and preference is for Richard Hannon’s charge despite having to give the Royal runner 3lbs at the weights.
Reach For The Moon was impressive at Sandown last time in the Solario Stakes but the Hannon runner boasts the strongest form on offer and represents a yard with a very good record in this contest having won the last two renewals.
The Mehmas colt suffered his only career defeat to date at Pontefract when unsuited by proper soft ground, but he’s won all three since which includes a brace of Group Two contests at Newmarket and York latterly. The former in particular represents very strong form from the July Stakes with the runner-up winning a Group Two at Goodwood next time while the fourth went on to take an Irish Group One and he was impressive when landing the Gimcrack latest.
Returning to seven furlongs will be no issue for the Hannon runner having won over this trip at Newmarket in June where he beat four subsequent winners and with further improvement expected he can give weight and a beating to his trio of rivals.
2:35 Chester – Homeserve Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 1m6½f
NUITS ST GEORGES could be worth chancing to quickly bounce back from a lesser effort last time out and the Mount Nelson gelding can post a big effort here.
David Menuisier’s charge has already won twice this term, posting wins over this trip at Goodwood and Salisbury over the summer but might have gone off too hard when disappointing back at Goodwood latest in a valuable contest where he faded into eighth behind Prince Alex and may have been amiss.
He had beaten the same rival two starts previously and can be forgiven that last run having been freshened up by a break and eased 1lb he could do better here with the number one stall a positive given he likes to go forward early.
3:20 Bath – Read Hollie Doyle’s Column On attheraces.com Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-55) 5½f
Course and distance winner ATYAAF could be the answer to this trickly handicap and the Invincible Spirit gelding can get back to winning ways.
Ivan Furtado’s charge struck his last win over this course and distance in June, beating Equally Fast and he’s largely ran well in defeat with a string of consistent efforts that has often put him in the frame including two starts ago here when denied a neck by Cherish and his latest run saw him finish third to Sam’s Call.
Eased slightly in the weights he could face competition for the lead here, but he boasts a solid profile and goes well at this venue so there’d be no shock in seeing him post a big run.
4:00 Musselburgh – Edinburgh Gin Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 7f
GLINBURY might be worth chancing despite reservations over the quicker ground and the Kodiac gelding can get off the mark here.
Twice a runner-up last term on soft ground he went close at Haydock in May – again in soft ground – but he did run quite well despite only finishing fifth behind Bowman at Carlisle when last seen following three months off.
He might have needed that outing and should be sharper now, while the form has been boosted since with the winner going in again and this extra furlong should suit judging on that last performance where he was running on well late but lacked the pace to challenge.
Rain would certainly help his cause but he could go close here if reproducing the form of his Haydock run from two starts ago and in receipt of weight all round he can get competitive.
4:05 Doncaster – Hippo Pro 3 Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 1m4f
DARK JEDI rarely runs a bad race and Tim Easterby’s charge can get back to winning ways here having finished a good third in each of his last two starts.
The Kodiac gelding was a dual-winner last term and proved consistent in defeat in subsequent runs before having nine months off; following a couple of lesser efforts he got back on the scoresheet at Ripon and has finished third at Musselburgh and York latterly when beaten only one length behind Sam Cooke.
He’s only been nudged up 2lbs for that latest effort and the likelihood of a strong pace should play to his strengths so there’d be no surprise in seeing him going well here and he can make his presence felt.
5:20 Lingfield – Download The MansionBet App Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-70) 1m
MAYSONG has hit the crossbar the last twice and Ed Dunlop’s charge is taken to go one better this time around and end a lengthy losing streak stretching back some 15 runs.
The Mayson gelding has found only one too good in outings at Sandown and Chelmsford latterly, only beaten a half-length on the latest occasion behind Lafan; but his previous runner-up effort looks quite solid form in the context of this race and he ought to continue to make his presence felt despite a 2lbs rise in the weights.
He’s been rated higher in the past and was a 73-rated winner a couple of seasons ago enroute to a career-high 81 so he is capable of defying this lower mark at his best and with plenty of pace on the race might be set up for him.