Saturday racing tips 25 January – Henderson’s 13/8 chance can strike in Doncaster Grade Two feature

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for every UK and Irish horse racing meeting.

Brian Healy gives his Saturday racing tips and best bets for all six of the day’s UK and Irish horse racing meetings, including both top-class cards at Doncaster and Cheltenham where it is Trials Day.

A total of six UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post across Saturday’s fixture list, where the feature meeting of the day comes from Cheltenham’s Trials Day racecard and there is four Grade Two races on the agenda headed by the Cleeve Hurdle and the Cotswold Chase.

There is also classy action from Doncaster with the Listed handicap Sky Bet Chase joined by a pair of Grade Two contests with the River Don Novices’ Hurdle and the Lightning Novices’ Chase both on the card at Town Moor.

Uttoxeter are also racing over the sticks on Saturday alongside Fairyhouse in Ireland where the Grade Three Solerina Mares’ Novice Hurdle is the feature race of the day at the Foxrock track. Meanwhile, Saturday’s all-weather racing comes from the Lingfield polytrack in the afternoon, and from Kempton in the evening who are also racing on polytrack under the floodlights.  Get our Saturday racing tips for every fixture below!

Lingfield (flat, aw) – 12.05 – 4.05pm (8 races)
Doncaster (jumps) – 12.20 – 3.50pm (7 races)
Fairyhouse (jumps) – 12.25 – 3.55pm (7 races)
Cheltenham (jumps) – 12.40 – 4.10pm (7 races)
Uttoxeter (jumps) – 1.20 – 4.15pm (6 races)
Kempton (flat, aw) – 4.30 – 8.00pm (8 races)



12.35 Lingfield – TODAY POWER (2/1, William Hill)
12.55 Doncaster – MISTER FISHER (13/8, William Hill)
1.00 Fairyhouse – DAKOTA MOIRETTE (7/2, William Hill)
1.10 Lingfield – FURZIG (6/1, William Hill)
1.50 Cheltenham – HIGHWAY ONE O ONE (6/1, Bet365)
1.55 Uttoxeter – FORTESCUE (5/2, William Hill)
2.10 Fairyhouse – YUKON LIL (SP)
2.30 Uttoxeter – CLYNE (13/8, William Hill)
2.40 Doncaster – LADY BUTTONS (7/4, William Hill)
4.10 Cheltenham – AINCHEA (6/1, William Hill)
5.00 Kempton – LIMARO PROSPECT (7/2, William Hill)
6.00 Kempton – TEBAY (5/1, William Hill)


(12.35 Lingfield)

TODAY POWER (2/1, William Hill) has been running well in defeat of late, rounding off his turf campaign last term with a very good runner-up effort at Chepstow in September, and the Dark Angel gelding posted a solid effort despite looking in need of the run at this venue on his return to action on New Years’ Eve.

Fourth on that occasion, he filled the same spot next time at Kempton where he ran on well late having been poorly placed following a slow start where he reared up as the stalls opened, giving up ground.

However, he could improve now faced with more of a test of stamina and he goes up in trip for this latest outing which might suit and having been left alone at the weights he could get off the mark now.

(1.10 Lingfield)

FURZIG (6/1, William Hill) struck over course and distance two starts ago, beating Original Choice and Entangling – who reopposes here – and Richard Fahey’s charge wasn’t seen to best effect latest when beaten just over one length behind another of today’s rivals in Petite Jack also over this course and distance.

The Monsieur Bond gelding wasn’t suited by a steady pace and racing widest of the field. However, he kept on well and he might be able to get back to winning ways now with this race likely to have more of a pace about it.

Racing off the same mark as last time he might be able to find some improvement here and the dual-course winner can go close.

12.00 – I Hear Thunder
12.35 – Today Power
1.10 – Furzig
1.45 – River Song
2.20 – Power Link
2.55 – Lily Like
3.30 – Annie Quickstep
4.05 – The Groove

Get our Saturday racing tips for the meeting at Lingfield.

Lingfield are racing on Saturday


(12.55 Doncaster)

MISTER FISHER (13/8, William Hill) has progressed with each start over fences, finding only Torpilo too strong on his debut over the larger obstacles at Warwick in November and then lowering the colours of another progressive sort in Good Boy Bobby at Cheltenham in December.

Nicky Henderson’s charge is a Grade Two winner over hurdles, and he overcame some sticky jumping at Cheltenham to win a shade readily with the front two pulling well clear of the remainder.

There likely is more to come from him over fences, and while he drops back in trip for this latest run he is unlikely to be fazed by the lesser distance and he can continue to find improvement in this sphere where he can follow up that last-time win.

(2.40 Doncaster)

LADY BUTTONS (7/4, William Hill) won this race twelve months ago, and Philip Kirby’s charge can successfully defend her crown with a follow up win.

The tough and consistent Beneficial mare has won two of her three starts this term, winning over hurdles at Wetherby before bouncing back with a chase win over further at this venue when last seen last month.

She was disappointing inbetween, but that run came in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle behind Cornerstone Lad where the heavy ground may have counted against her and she’ll appreciate less testing conditions on this latest outing.

This is no easy task she faces where she has to give 5lbs to the progressive Floressa who is five years her junior; but given her genuine profile and excellent course record which has seen her win four of five starts on Town Moor she looks worth sticking with to take this prize for a second year.

12.20 – Midnight Moss
12.55 – Mister Fisher
1.30 – Agamemmon
2.05 – Boss Man Fred
2.40 – Lady Buttons
3.15 – Azzerti
3.50 – Uptown Lady


(1.00 Fairyhouse)

DAKOTA MOIRETTE (7/2, William Hill) is still a maiden over fences, but the Voix Du Nord gelding posted some creditable placed efforts last term although his form tailed off over the summer months.

Gordon Elliott’s charge posted arguably his best run when chasing home Quamino at Leopardstown last February, but his season ended with a fall at Killarney in July and he makes his first start since here which may be needed.

However, the handicapper has eased him further in the weights ahead of his return which could leave him dangerously handicapped and he has the services of a very promising young claimer whose 5lbs allowance looks noteworthy.

He looks to have every chance that he can make his presence felt here with a clear round and assuming he’s fully wound up on his return then no surprise to see him go close.

(2.10 Fairyhouse)

Willie Mullins saddles three of the seven runners in this race and it could be significant that Paul Townend sides with YUKON LIL (SP) who can follow up her last-time win at Naas with victory here.

The Flemensfirth mare won twice in bumpers which included a Listed contest at Gowran Park, and her more recent success over Miss Aloud came on her reappearance from more than seven months off the track where she registered an easy twelve lengths’ success over a big field.

The runner-up from that race has won since, and with the potential to improve now with that run and experience under her belt then she can give another good account and every chance she can follow up here.

12.25 – Allaho
1.00 – Dakota Moirette
1.35 – Ask And Answer
2.10 – Yukon Lil
2.45 – Santa Rossa
3.20 – Aarons Day
3.55 – Even Flight

Willie Mullins features in our Fairyhouse tips for Saturday.

Willie Mullins can enjoy more big race success on Saturday.


(1.50 Cheltenham)

HIGHWAY ONE O ONE (6/1, Bet365) might just have gone off too hard too soon at Kempton latest, but the Stowaway gelding only gave way late in that contest to eventually finish third behind Just A Sting, and a subsequent 3lbs rise for that outing could still leave Chris Gordon’s charge on a workable mark.

A dual-winner last term, he was an early casualty in the BetVictor Gold Cup where he unseated his rider at the fifth fence; but he showed no ill effects when running well for fourth behind Benny’s King at Newbury, and he was only run down late latest, succumbing by just one length.

A drop back to this trip could suit with the underfoot conditions no issue, and he has placed twice from his four starts at Cheltenham so the track won’t be an excuse. Indeed, he finished runner-up in the preceding race on this card twelve months ago from just 2lbs lower.

Likely to be one of the pace angles in the race, he could go well in a competitive contest under Jamie Moore.

(4.10 Cheltenham)

AINCHEA (6/1, William Hill) went close in a Listed race here on New Years’ Day 2018 where he was beaten only by Tikkanbar, and Colin Tizzard’s charge subsequently fell at Sandown on his next start where he might have won having held a two lengths’ advantage over the last hurdle.

The Flemensfirth gelding wasn’t seen out again for the thick end of two years following that mishap, and so he was well entitled to need his reappearance back at Sandown behind Mill Green where he wasn’t given a hard time in beating only two rivals home.

That run is likely to have brought him on however and he should be sharper with the outing his belt; while he has a tongue-tie applied for the first time which could elicit some improvement. While this is a competitive contest he finds himself in now for his second start back, the handicapper might have taken a chance in dropping him 5lbs following his last outing, and still unexposed as a hurdler he could post a big effort here.

12.40 – Rowland Ward
1.15 – Cloudy Glen
1.50 – Highway One O One
2.25 – Top Ville Ben
3.00 – Harry Senior
3.35 – Paisley Park
4.10 – Ainchea


(1.55 Uttoxeter)

Financial Outcome won well eleven days ago, but he’s upped 8lbs for that and might struggle to follow up turned out again quickly and FORTESCUE (5/2, William Hill) could prove the answer to this handicap puzzle.

The Shirocco gelding has taken well to chasing, returning from six months off the track to make a winning debut over the larger obstacles at Southwell in October, after which Henry Daly’s charge bumped into a useful prospect at Chepstow on his next start.

He was beaten five lengths that day where he battled on well but was no match for the winner; but he pulled clear of the rest and he’s only been raised 2lbs for that effort. Still unexposed over fences and fresh from a break he could pick up where he left off and register another win.

(2.30 Uttoxeter)

CLYNE (13/8, William Hill) returned to form with a very solid run over three miles at Chepstow over Christmas, rallying strongly to find only Eva’s Oskar too strong by two lengths; but Evan Williams’ charge is chanced to get back on the scoresheet despite dropping back in trip here.

The Hernando gelding scored his last win over this course and distance back in March 2018, but he has posted several creditable efforts in defeat since which includes finishing runner-up to Unowhatimeanharry on his reappearance last term in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury.

He clearly found two miles too sharp on his reappearance this term, and the ground may not have been soft enough at Aintree behind Notre Pare.

His most recent Chepstow outing represents some solid form, and he could prove a tough nut to crack here where his stamina could prove an asset in the conditions so every chance he can get back on the winning trail where he competes from just 1lb higher than when last winning at this venue.

1.20 – On The Wild Side
1.55 – Fortescue
2.30 – Clyne
3.05 – Lamanver Odyssey
3.40 – Belargus
4.15 – Out On The Tear

Clyne can get back on the winning trail at Uttoxeter.

Clyne can get back on the winning trail at Uttoxeter.


(5.00 Kempton)

LIMARO PROSPECT (7/2, William Hill) stepped up on some very moderate performances in novice company to find only one too good on his handicap bow dropped to this distance, and Sir Mark Prescott’s charge could progress again to get off the mark here.

The Camacho colt was beaten less than one length behind Zulu Zander on that occasion at Chelmsford, running on well late having been slowly away in an arguably better race than the one he finds himself in here.

He still looked raw round the edges and given his connections there could yet be more to come; while the handicapper might have taken a chance in leaving his mark unchanged following that effort. This doesn’t look the strongest of races, and with the potential to improve again over the minimum trip he can get off the mark.

(6.00 Kempton)

TEBAY (5/1, William Hill) could be worth chancing to follow up his recent win at Chelmsford, and Jim Best’s charge could still be feasibly weighted despite a 5lbs rise in the handicap.

The Elzaam gelding showed only moderate form for previous handlers Michael Dods and Luke McJannett; but he posted a better effort on his debut for his current trainer when finishing third over one mile here back in November.

He wasn’t able to back up that run at Chelmsford next time, but he found some improvement to get off the mark and shed his maiden task latest at the same venue, overcoming a slow start in the process. This is no easy task to follow up from a wide draw, but winning form in this race is thin on the ground and he can make his presence felt with a repeat.

4.30 – Equally Fast
5.00 – Limaro Prospect
5.30 – The Grey Goat
6.00 – Tebay
6.30 – Hill Hollow
7.00 – Los Camachos
7.30 – Vibrance
8.00 – Queen Constantine


12.35 Lingfield – TODAY POWER (2/1, William Hill)
12.55 Doncaster – MISTER FISHER (13/8, William Hill)
1.00 Fairyhouse – DAKOTA MOIRETTE (7/2, William Hill)
1.10 Lingfield – FURZIG (6/1, William Hill)
1.50 Cheltenham – HIGHWAY ONE O ONE (6/1, Bet365)
1.55 Uttoxeter – FORTESCUE (5/2, William Hill)
2.10 Fairyhouse – YUKON LIL (SP)
2.30 Uttoxeter – CLYNE (13/8, William Hill)
2.40 Doncaster – LADY BUTTONS (7/4, William Hill)
4.10 Cheltenham – AINCHEA (6/1, William Hill)
5.00 Kempton – LIMARO PROSPECT (7/2, William Hill)
6.00 Kempton – TEBAY (5/1, William Hill)