Saturday racing tips – Best bets at Doncaster, Kempton, Newbury, Kelso and Wolverhampton
Horse racing tips on Saturday 27 March
A busy day of UK horse racing action goes to post and we’ve picked out our Saturday racing tips and best bets for the day’s quintet of meetings.
Saturday boasts five meetings taking place across the UK with jumps racing and action on the flat combining for a busy afternoon. Newbury and Kelso represent the jumps racing action while the start of the 2021 Flat racing season unfolds at Doncaster.
There is also all-weather racing action at Kempton in the afternoon and Wolverhampton in the evening under the floodlights. We’ve looked over the day’s racing action to pick out our Saturday racing tips and best bets across the cards.
SATURDAY RACING TIPS – BEST BETS AT DONCASTER, KEMPTON, NEWBURY, KELSO & WOLVERHAMPTON
1:35 Kelso – Paxtons For Kverneland In The Borders Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+) 3m2f
Despite being in his veteran years CLAUD AND GOLDIE doesn’t have too many miles on the clock and the Portrait Gallery gelding is holding his form really well. Sarah Forster’s charge arrives here on the back of a course win five weeks ago over three miles and he boasts a very good record at the venue where he has registered all three of his career wins.
He enjoyed a decent season last term, winning here in December 2019 before being thought good enough to contest the Peter Marsh Chase where he finished fourth despite behind 3lbs out of the weights behind Cheltenham Festival winner Vintage Clouds.
He’s continued in good fettle this term, finishing runner-up here on his reappearance and then crossing the line in fourth behind Snow Leopardess at Haydock in November prior to returning from a break to beat the useful Up
Helly Aa King here last time. Vintage Clouds was back in third that day before going on to win the Ultima Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and he’s only up 5lbs for what looked a comfortable success and this longer trip is unlikely to present an issue so every chance he can follow up here.
2:00 Doncaster – Unibet Doncaster Mile Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m
MONTATHAM progressed really well last term where he won three times which included a defeat of another progressive sort in Sir Busker at York in August prior to chasing home Posted at Sandown in a Listed contest next time.
William Haggas’ charge was drawn on the wrong side of the track in the Cambridgeshire, eventually finishing down the field in the contest and there’s an argument also that the extra furlong possibly stretched him.
However back down to one mile and making his return to action having already proven he can go well fresh – he’s won both seasonal debuts so far – he looks the one to side with here with further improvement possible.
2:40 Kelso – William Hill Leading Racecourse Bookmakers Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m
Dan Skelton continues in good form and ACROSS THE LINE can give the handler further success at this venue.
The Fame And Glory gelding won twice towards the end of 2020 with successes at Hereford and Market Rasen and he returned from a short break to go close at Doncaster where only one rival proved too much for her.
That run came under a penalty so he had plenty of weight to carry on that occasion; but he ran well in defeat and finished clear of the rest. Now switching to handicapping from a 125 rating he could prove well-treated off this rating and he can get competitive in a trappy looking contest.
2:45 Kempton – Ladbrokes Where The Nation Plays Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 6f
MAY SONIC was in good heart last term with two wins which included over this course and distance and Charlie Hill’s charge was possibly amiss when disappointing at Ascot on his final outing of the campaign behind Fortamour.
The Mayson gelding made a winning return from more than five months off the track when beating Ghaith over this course and distance where he made all the running and appeared to score with a little in hand to suggest he’d improved for the break.
That form looks very fair and a 4lbs rise for the win could prove workable while she could get an easy lead in front and may prove hard to peg back as a consequence at a venue he thrives at.
2:50 Newbury – BetVictor Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m3f
HUDSON DE GRUGY has won his last two starts with relative ease which is all the more impressive given he obliterated the third-last hurdle enroute to a wide-margin win at Sandown earlier in the month and Gary Moore’s charge can continue his progression now he switches to the handicap ranks.
The Falco gelding has only ran at the Esher track since arriving from France but following a runner-up effort on his debut for Moore he won well next time in heavy ground with a defeat of Hystery Bere prior to his latest success where he was barely halted by walking through the obstacle and he won well.
There could be more to come from him assuming a fortnight between runs is enough time to recover and his handicap mark could prove to be very workable. This longer trip ought not to present an issue given he didn’t appear to be stopping last time out and if the quicker ground doesn’t prove an inconvenience then he ought to go close here.
4:00 Newbury – BetVictor Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+ 0-150) 2m4f
KALOOKI has perhaps found his stamina being stretched by longer trips in recent outings but Philip Hobbs’ charge can bounce back returned to a shorter distance and the Martaline gelding can resume winning ways.
A dual-winner over hurdles he made a winning transition to the larger obstacles when beating House Island over 2m 6f here, scoring by twelve lengths and he subsequently lost no caste in defeat when beaten eight lengths into third by Cheltenham Festival runner-up Next Destination back here next time.
His run at Kempton behind Shan Blue in the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase is forgiven and he showed better at Ascot when last seen finishing third behind Remastered although he was beaten in excess of 30 lengths and finishing tired.
He should have little trouble with this lesser trip while the quicker ground also won’t inconvenience and back at this venue where he’s run well in the past he could go well returned to racing left-handed where he turns out only 1lb higher in the weights than when making a winning chase debut.
4:20 Doncaster – 32Red Casino Maiden Stakes Cl5 (3yo) 1m2f
An intriguing contest with some notable newcomers but it might be worth chancing the experience of SEVENAL who looked a potentially smart prospect when finishing runner-up on his sole start as a juvenile and the Sea The Stars colt can go one better here.
John Gosden’s charge was beaten only by a similarly smart prospect in Mutasaabeq at Newmarket in that debut effort where he was perhaps not altogether suited by the heavy ground. That race has thrown up three subsequent winners with the third, sixth and seventh horses all scoring since so the form looks useful and there could be better to come.
This is a big step up in trip but he ought to be suited by the extra yardage and he has the assistance of a top 7lbs claimer so he looks to hold solid claims here of getting off the mark at the second attempt.
6:00 Wolverhampton – Bombardier “March To Your Own Drum” Handicap Cl6 (4yo+ 0-65) 7f
WINNETKA wasn’t seen to best effect last time out at Kempton but the Camacho gelding is taken to bounce back and he can gain a deserved first success.
Tony Carroll’s charge had finished runner-up in each of his two previous starts at Lingfield and over this course and distance where he proved no match for Ibn Arabi where he possibly did too much in front and faded although he was clear in turn of the odds-on favourite who was disappointing in third.
The step up to seven furlongs shouldn’t present a problem and he drops back into Class 6 company for this latest outing where the booking of Hollie Doyle catches the eye and this doesn’t look a strong race so it wouldn’t come as much of a shock to see the pair going close here.