Saturday racing selections – Best bets for the day’s flat and jumps fixtures
Saturday racing selections for the day’s flat and jumps meetings
Saturday brings another round of flat racing fixtures on the flat and over the sticks for punters to ponder over and our tipping team has picked out their Saturday racing selections and tips for the day’s meetings on the flat and over the sticks.
There’s plenty of Saturday horse racing action going to post for punters to puzzle over in pursuit of winners over the sticks and on the flat with six fixtures taking place around the country headed by Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot which will be shown live on ITV Racing.
There is also flat racing in the afternoon at Catterick, while jumps racing sees a trio of fixtures at Market Rasen, Stratford and Ffos Las where the Welsh Champion Hurdle takes centre-stage.
Completing the Saturday line-up of fixtures is an all-weather fixture on the flat on tapeta with Wolverhampton racing under the floodlights and our tipping team has looked over the day’s racing to pick out our Saturday racing selections and best bets for every meeting.
SATURDAY RACING SELECTIONS – BEST BETS FOR THE DAY’S FLAT & JUMPS FIXTURES
2:00 Ascot – Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo+) 6f
This actually looks fairly weak for a Group One with no real standout candidate; it might be worth chancing CREATIVE FORCE then to get back on the scoresheet and Charlie Appleby’s charge can go well having had a break.
Progressive in the first half of the season where he won four times including the Jersey Stakes over seven furlongs here, he has run well in defeat in all starts since including a very good fifth in the July Cup where the ground was perhaps just a shade too quick for him given he’s shown his best winning form on a softer surface.
He was only beaten a neck by Kinross in the Lennox Stakes and ran better than the bare result back at six furlongs in the Haydock Sprint Cup although again perhaps undone by the quicker ground there.
The softer ground here will surely prove more in his favour and he’s not one to write off back at this venue where he’s won before so no surprise to see him firmly in the mix again under William Buick.
2:10 Market Rasen – Linear By Symphony Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (3yo+ 0-140) 2m4½f
WINGED ISLE arrives here on a hat-trick having rounded off last season with a brace of victories and the Winged Love gelding can make a winning reappearance.
Neil Mulholland’s charge found improvement for a better surface to win at Ffos Las in April on his final run for Dai Burchell and he wasted no time in following up at Ludlow three weeks later on his first start for this yard.
He ran out a ten lengths’ winner from Honest Exchange, scoring easily and the third from that race has won twice since; but the handicapper has hit him with a 10lbs rise in the weights for that and there could be more to come from him if fully wound up ahead of his reappearance with his yard in decent form.
3:05 Catterick – William Hill Pick Your Places Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 1m4f
EMIYN arrives here on the back of a win at Chester last month and the Invincible Spirit gelding can follow up here.
Declan Carrol’s charge was a winner in Ireland for Dermot Weld around this time last year and having joined this yard following a poor un at Leopardstown he struggled to get competitive in a trio of starts for his new handler over the summer.
However, returning from a break latest he ran out a comfortable winner over Little Ted, suited by the fast pace and there’ll be no shortage of pace again in this contest.
He does have to defy a 6lbs rise in the weights but now he’s got his head back in front he could follow up here if running to a similar level and this further step up in trip could well unlock more improvement.
3:20 Market Rasen – Symphony Group Prelude Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m5½f
SENIOR CITIZEN made a winning reappearance twelve months ago when scoring at Newton Abbot and the Tobougg gelding largely ran well in some competitive handicaps thereafter which included in a couple of Grade Three contests in the spring.
Soft ground was possibly to blame at Haydock when last seen in May, beating only one home behind reopposing Francky Du Berlais; but he could do better here faced with better ground and he has a decent record fresh so ought to make his presence felt.
Back on the same mark as when winning as a novice last term he could go well here on his reappearance and he can make a successful return.
3:50 Ascot- Qipco Champion Stakes (British Champions Middle Distance) (Group 1) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m2f
With Adayar having had quite a hard race in the Prix de L’Arc De Triomphe two weeks ago it might pay to side with MISHRIFF who had found only the Godolphin runner too strong in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes here in July before romping home by six lengths back at this distance in the Juddmonte International.
John and Thady Gosden’s charge had won three times last term including a French Group One contest before getting bogged down in the mud in this race twelve months ago; he then went to the Emirates where he won both starts including the Sheema Classic and the Make Believe colt might have needed his reappearance in the Coral Eclipse where he travelled well turning in before not quite coming up the Sandown hill as strongly as the winner St Mark’s Basilica with the staying-on Addeybb grabbing second.
There was no disgrace in finishing second to Adayar here in July where he was giving the Derby winner 11lbs, but there should be less of a gap between them this time with only 4lbs separating the pair and the Gosden runner should close the gap over this shorter trip where he can come out on top this time.
4:00 Ffos Las – Osteoplus Ltd (Norton’s Coin Trophy) Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl3 (4yo+) 2m5f
Claims can be made for all four runners in the race but RUTHLESS ARTICLE might be the one to side with given he’s already had a run this term and Rebecca Curtis’ charge can make full use of his fitness advantage.
The Definite Article gelding has only finished out of the frame once over fences in six starts, winning at Aintree in June and running well in defeat the last twice where he’s not been beaten far either time.
Two of his rivals make their chase debut, while the other hasn’t troubled the judge in four previous attempts over the larger obstacles so given his more experienced profile and fitness advantage he looks the one to side with.
4:05 Stratford – Beryl’s Birthday Bash Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Cl4 (3yo+ 0-120) 2m½f
PILLAR OF STEEL is progressing well and the Shirocco mare arrives here on the back of a win at Uttoxeter last month – her fourth win of 2021 – so there’d be no surprise if John Spearing’s charge were to continue her progress.
Those wins have come at Worcester and Uttoxeter with two at each and her latest saw her run out a five lengths’ victor over See The Sea, readily going on from two out and winning well. That runner-up has won twice since to boost the form and a 7lbs rise may not be enough to stop her from going in again here.
She may prefer a more galloping track to the tighter configuration of this venue, but given she’s at the top of her game currently she can continue to make her presence felt and every chance she can go in again.
4:35 Ffos Las – Potter Group Welsh Champion Hurdle (A Limited Handicap) (GBB Race) Cl2 (3yo+) 2m
CORMIER ran some very good races last term over timer, winning twice and finishing seventh in the Greatwood Hurdle before possibly finding heavy ground too much for him in the Betfair Exchange Trophy at Ascot.
Brian Ellison’s charge was given a break where he returned with a very good second in the competitive Swinton Hurdle at Haydock and has since won twice back on the flat from four starts. Third last time out at Sandown the Born To Sea gelding brings race-fitness to the table and he looks to be on a very fair mark returning to hurdles.
He’s still quite lightly raced over obstacles and conditions will be no issue so there looks to be no reason why he can’t post a big run here and no surprise if he were to go close.
6:30 Wolverhampton – Cazoo Fillies’ Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 6f
DUBAI HOPE is very much the unexposed runner in this field after just three starts and the Invincible Spirit filly can build on her recent win over this course two weeks ago to double up.
Saeed bin Suroor’s charge had placed in both previous starts prior to seeing off Top Table by three lengths latest, scoring readily and the runner-up has won since to give that form a boost.
Now sporting cheekpieces for this first foray into handicaps she could be well served by the drop to six furlongs given she showed plenty of dash last time out with a smart turn of foot and it is reasonable to assume she can build on that victory.
An opening mark of 77 with Stefano Cherchi’s 3lbs claim a bonus could see her weighted to win this handicap and she can double her win tally at this venue.