Tips for Saturday racing – Best bets for the day’s fixtures around the UK
Horse racing best bets on Saturday 6 March 5, 2021
Another excellent Saturday of horse racing action awaits punters with five fixtures heading to post over the sticks and on the all-weather; we’ve picked out our best bets and tips for Saturday racing.
The road to the Cheltenham Festival grows shorter with each passing day and the penultimate weekend before the ‘greatest show on turf’ sees a busy day of five UK meetings taking place where jumps racing action comes from Newbury, Kelso and Doncaster; while Lingfield races on the all-weather in the afternoon.
Completing Saturday’s line-up of fixtures is an evening card under the floodlights on the fibresand at Southwell and we’ve looked over all five of the day’s racecards to pick out our best bets and tips for Saturday racing.
TIPS FOR SATURDAY RACING – BEST BETS AT DONCASTER, KELSO, NEWBURY, LINGFIELD & SOUTHWELL
11:45 Lingfield – Bombardier British-Hopped Amber Beer Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-70) 1m
DUTUGAMUNU has won twice from four starts this term, both over this course and distance and the Ivawood gelding can strike again here.
Richard Spencer’s charge also finished third on his penultimate outing at Chelmsford and he was last seen beating Princesse Animale by a half-length under this rider last month, scoring readily.
The third horse home in that race has won since to give the form a boost and the selection is only 4lbs higher here so could well step up again where there’s a suspicion he might yet be well treated despite his rise in the weights.
1:50 Newbury – BetVictor Greatwood Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4f
THE BIG BITE has finished in the frame in each of his last five starts and Henry Oliver’s charge can get back on the scoresheet here.
The Scorpion gelding rounded off his time with Tom George by winning over this trip at Doncaster last January before possibly being bogged down in heavy ground next time when seeing that form overturned by the winner Caribean Boy. He’s since moved to Henry Oliver’s yard who now steps the eight-year old back up in trip after a couple of runs over two miles.
One of those outings resulted in a win at Aintree back in November and he returned from another break to find only the progressive Ibleo too strong at Doncaster, beaten three lengths although he had a subsequent winner behind him that day.
He’s only 2lbs higher here and unexposed over this longer trip which he’s proven he stays and underfoot conditions are no issue; it isn’t hard to see him posting a big run with the extra yardage a potential catalyst for improvement and he can return to winning ways.
2:00 Lingfield – Get Your Ladbrokes Daily Odds Boost Spring Cup Stakes (Listed Race) (AW Championships F-T Qual’) Cl1 (3yo) 7f
MEGALLAN might be worth chancing on his return from a break with the John Gosden yard in good fettle at present.
The Kingman colt showed progressive form last term as a juvenile, winning on debut at Newmarket before twice finishing runner-up which included on the all-weather at Kempton and he ran well in fourth in the Group Three Autumn Stakes back at Newmarket in October.
Heavy ground and the step up to Group One company appeared to find him out in the Vertem Futurity Stakes but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him bouncing back on a more suitable surface with the drop to seven furlongs not expected to present any issue.
Assuming he trains on from two to three then he could prove even better this term and if the form from his juvenile campaign carries over then he could go close here.
2:05 Kelso – bet365 Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m5f
Lightly-raced MEGA YEATS showed up well on her return from a lengthy spell on the sidelines in a jumpers’ bumper at Kempton last month and with that spin under her belt the Yeats mare could go well here reverting to hurdles.
A former point-to-point winner she made a good impression when winning a bumper at Carlisle on her debut for Ruth Jefferson after which she found only The Glancing Queen too good in a Listed contest at Cheltenham.
She showed ability over hurdles subsequently with two wins from three starts prior an absence and she returned from eight months off last term with two solid runs in defeat in valuable handicaps including finishing seventh to Dame De Compagnie at Cheltenham.
That form stacks up really well with the first, runner-up and third all winning since while she had two more future winners behind her; she’s since changed stable and is now with Mark Walford and following wind surgery she returned in that Kempton contest and can do better here now her attentions switch back to hurdling from a very tempting mark.
2:20 Doncaster – Virgin Bet Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Listed Race) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m½f
WYNN HOUSE stepped up on some useful bumper form to win a brace of hurdles starts at Bangor and Ludlow respectively in the autumn of last year, beating the reopposing Go Millie Go on the former occasion.
Alan King’s charge possibly found the step into Grade Two company and the soft ground against her when finishing around ten lengths’ fourth behind Make Good where she may have been given too much to do. That form hasn’t worked out however but this drop in class could see her bouncing back to form.
That Cheltenham contest saw her take on open company but she’s up against her own sex this time around with the better ground here in her favour she ought to go well and can get back to winning ways.
2:30 Newbury – BetVictor Handicap Hurdle Cl3 (4yo+ 0-140) 2m½f
TEGEREK has been in good form since his reappearance at Perth in September where he found only one too good, stepping up on that performance to resume winning ways next time at Cheltenham and then posting a very creditable third to The Shunter when contesting the Greatwood Hurdle back there in November.
Jonjo O’Neill’s charge perhaps wasn’t seen to best effect in that contest where he was sent off favourite; he was reluctant to line up and jump off and he might have found himself with too much ground to make up although it was a solid run nonetheless.
The runner-up Ballyandy has done no harm to the form, finishing third in each of his subsequent trio of outings which include two Graded contests while the fifth and eighth have both won since.
He’s been given a break since that outing and he returns in an easier grade of race so could well bounce back to winning form here.
3:15 Kelso – bet365 Morebattle Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle) (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m
Greatwood Hurdle winner THE SHUNTER could prove a tough nut to crack back over timber and Emmet Mullins’ Stowaway gelding can mount a successful Irish raid on this valuable prize.
This yard has certainly managed to get the best out of the eight year old who has won three times since joining the Mullins camp which includes a chase win at Punchestown to add to an earlier Downpatrick success and that latest victory at Cheltenham where he got the better of the very useful Ballyandy.
Following a break he returned to chasing at Leopardstown during the Dublin Racing Festival and ran a fine third behind A Wave Of The Sea and back over hurdles for this latest outing he can make light of the 7lbs rise he has to carry this time around.
There could still be better to come from him while with this yard and a repeat of that Cheltenham form could be good enough to see him add another valuable prize to his record.
3:30 Doncaster – Virgin Bet Grimthorpe Handicap Chase (GBB Race) Cl2 (5yo+) 3m2f
CANELO (NAP) could prove a tough nut to crack if reproducing the solid effort he delivered in the recent Sky Bet Chase here in January and Alan King’s charge is taken to get back on the scoresheet.
A dual-winner over hurdles which included one on Town Moor he struck once from four starts over fences last term with a win at Huntingdon but he’s looked better than ever this campaign. He built on his seasonal return at Uttoxeter to win next time at Aintree and then chased home the well-handicapped Cap Du Nord at Newbury next time in the Sir Peter O’Sullevan Memorial Chase.
That near-miss was followed up by a win in the Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby and he wasn’t disgraced in the Sky Bet Chase latest where he eventually finished fourth to Takingrisks. He’s since been eased 1lb and while the longer trip is a slight unknown he shapes as iff the extra quarter mile is within his compass.
Most of his rivals arrive with a question to answer but with Alan King’s runner arriving in decent fettle the Mahler gelding ought to go close if the distance doesn’t catch him out although the good ground could help him get home.
4:05 Doncaster – Virgin Bet Free Bets For Winners Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+ 0-145) 3m½f
SKANDIBURG was a regular winner over hurdles for Olly Murphy in seasons past, notching up four wins and running a number of solid races in defeat. One of those wins came in a valuable contest at Cheltenham on New Years’ Day 2020 enroute to a crack at the Pertemps Final during the Cheltenham Festival although he was disappointing there.
The Sageburg gelding failed to cut much ice over fences in two runs earlier this campaign, latterly finishing a well-beaten third behind Hear No Evil at Ayr in November although the heavy ground there might not have helped.
He didn’t convince though with his jumping and it is perhaps no surprise that he’s returned to hurdles on his first run for Jamie Snowden where he sports a first-time tongue-tie. Also dropped 1lb in the ratings he’s an interesting contender here and he could exploit this rating if picking up his earlier progression back over timber.
7:00 Southwell – Bombardier British Hopped Amber Beer Handicap Cl5 (4yo+ 0-75) 7f
LEGAL REFORM has taken well to this surface, finding only one too good here back in January behind Action Hero but going one better latest when running out a two lengths’ victor over Liamba.
Ivan Furtado’s charge was always travelling well in that contest and appeared to win a shade readily. The third horse home in that race reopposes here on better terms but the Lawman gelding can uphold that form.
He saw the race out well off the strong pace last time which hinted at better to come and there should again be a decent pace to this race with a couple of fellow prominent racers in opposition. A 6lbs rise might not be enough to stop him from going in again and he can continue his good spell on this surface.