Tips for Saturday racing – Horse racing tips for every race today
With the Cheltenham Festival now finished for another year, Brian Healy gives his tips for Saturday racing action across six UK and Irish fixtures.
The 2020 Cheltenham Festival has come and gone and now thoughts turn towards the Grand National at Aintree in a few weeks’ time. There’s plenty of racing to come inbetween though and Saturday sees six UK and Irish horse racing meetings going to post.
Saturday sees jumps raing from Kempton, Fontwell, Uttoxeter and Newcastle; while Navan in Ireland are also racing over the sticks. Meanwhile, there is one all-weather fixture in the evening which comes from Wolverhampton on their tapeta surface.
Kempton (jumps) – 1.00 – 4.25pm (8 races)
Fontwell (jumps) – 1.40 – 5.10pm (7 races)
Navan (jumps) – 1.45 – 5.15pm (7 races)
Uttoxeter (jumps) – 1.50 – 5.20pm (8 races)
Newcastle (jumps) – 2.00 – 5.30pm (8 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 5.25 – 8.30pm (7 races)
Brian Healy looks over all six meetings going to post and gives his tips for Saturday racing and his best bets for every race today.
TIPS FOR SATURDAY RACING 14 MARCH AT A GLANCE
1.30 Kempton – DR SANDERSON (10/3, William Hill)
2.15 Fontwell – MISTY WHISKY (Evens, Bet365)
2.20 Navan – ARDAMIR (5/2, William Hill)
2.25 Uttoxeter – MIDNIGHT TUNE (8/1, Ladbrokes)
2.35 Newcastle – DEFINITE WISDOM (9/4, Bet365)
2.55 Navan- PENCILFULLOFLEAD (3/1, Bet365)
3.25 Fontwell – MADE FOR YOU (5/4, Paddy Power)
3.35 Uttoxeter – TRUCKERS LODGE (7/1, Ladbrokes)
3.45 Newcastle – RATH AN IUIR (5/1, Paddy Power)
3.50 Kempton – ON TO VICTORY (9/2, Paddy Power)
6.00 Wolverhampton – HIGHWAY ONE (4/1, Bet365)
6.30 Wolverhampton – FURZIG (3/1, Bet365)
KEMPTON HORSE RACING TIPS
DR SANDERSON won three of his five starts over hurdles last term, but shaped like more of a stayer on more than one of those runs so this trip is a slight worry. However, two of those wins did come over this distance albeit at stiffer tracks.
He has looked gradually progressive over fences, posting his best effort yet when finding only one too good at Ludlow last time and he could go one better here if running to a similar level.
He carries the JP McManus colours which enjoyed great success at the Cheltenham Festival and still with the potential to improve he ought to go close if the lesser trip at this sharper track doesn’t catch him out.
ON TO VICTORY proved to be a useful sort on the flat for Eve Johnson Houghton and the Rock Of Gibraltar gelding has shaped encouragingly on all three starts over hurdles to date, twice making the frame following an unseat on his hurdles debut where he was in the process of running well.
Having finished third at Newbury behind Mister Coffey on his next start, he found only one too good latest behind Perfect Harmony over this course and distance latest where he wasn’t helped by a last-hurdle mistake.
However he can continue to progress for experience and the possibility of a stronger pace could see him improve again to get off the mark here.
1.00 – Fidelio Vallis
1.30 – Dr Sanderson
2.05 – Mcfabulous
2.40 – Bullionaire
3.15 – Drumconnor Lad
3.50 – On To Victory
4.25 – Soldier Of Love
5.00 – Sabrina
FONTWELL HORSE RACING TIPS
MISTY WHISKY won a Listed bumper last March before aquitting herself well in defeat upped to a Grade Two contest at Aintree. Harry Fry’s charge has since finished runner-up on both her hurdles starts to date, latterly finishing nine lengths behind a useful-looking prospect at Exeter in December.
The Stowaway mare could have more to offer now she switched to handicapping and she can make her presence felt from a mark of 110, while her rider’s allowance adds further strength to her claims so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her get off the mark now with the potential still for better.
MADE FOR YOU has shaped with some ability over hurdles and duly landed a gamble when getting off the mark at Musselburgh in February where Olly Murphy’s charge gained a narrow victory over Vino’s Choice.
The Cape Cross gelding has only been raised 3lbs for that run, but the claim of jockey Fergus Gregory negates that hike in the weights and in essence leaves him 2lbs better now at the weights. This step up in trip could also help to unlock another jolt of improvement and he can follow up here.
1.40 – Hit The Rocks
2.15 – Misty Whisky
2.50 – Ouro Branco
3.25 – Made For You
4.00 – Little Boy Boru
4.35 – On The Road
5.10 – Twenty Twenty
NAVAN HORSE RACING TIPS
ARDAMIR showed some fair form for Laura Morgan, but a subsequent switch to Gordon Elliott produced a better performance from the Deportivo gelding who found only one too good back from seven months off at Naas latest.
Beaten just over one length on that occasion behind Aarons Day, he remains with scope to do better and he should be sharper now for that reappearance which will have brought him on.
A 3lbs rise in the weights for that has been offset by his rider’s claim and if building on that promising return then he can go one better here.
PENCILFULLOFLEAD looks a promising sort, winning a Down Royal bumper before facing a very tough ask on his hurdles debut where he beat all bar Asterion Forlonges although he was no match for the easy winner.
The Shantou gelding however got off the mark at the next time of asking, running out an easy winner over Et Dite at Punchestown last month and with the potential for better still he can progress again to follow up here.
This is a tougher test, but he is a potentially smart sort who could get better with experience and he looks worth siding with here to strike again.
1.45 – Blackbow
2.20 – Ardamir
2.55 – Pencilfulloflead
3.30 – Cadmium
4.05 – Treatysenniscorthy
4.40 – Spare Brakes
5.15 – Largy Debut
UTTOXETER RACING TIPS
MIDNIGHT TUNE is a course and distance winner over fences and Anthony Honeyball’s charge can continue his good spell of form to win again.
The Midnight Legend mare struck here by a wide margin back in November and showed his versatility to add to his tally over a significantly shorter trip at Exeter in December.
The nine-year old probably found the Peter Marsh Chase too much of a test where she pulled up; but she readily bounced back from that effort to beat Molly Childers at Warwick last month.
He wore cheekpieces that day and he ran out a ready winner, scoring by three lengths; but there could still be more to come over fences where she remains relatively unexposed. She’s only been raised 3lbs for that latest win and having gone well here in the past she looks worth sticking with to strike again despite this being a step back up in class.
TRUCKERS LODGE did his reputation as a staying chaser no harm at all when finding only Potter’s Corner too strong in the Welsh Grand National, beaten less than two lengths; but the Westerner gelding can go one better here.
Paul Nicholls’ charge had won the time before at the same venue in October, but he could find another jolt of improvement stepping up markedly in trip.
He was smart over hurdles, winning twice and making the frame in a Grade Two contest as a novice; but he has looked a thorough stayer in his starts over fences and he could relish this extreme test given they went a decent clip at Chepstow in the Welsh Grand National.
The race has thrown up a subsequent winner in Yala Enki and only 2lbs higher here he could gain some compensation returning from a break.
1.50 – Same Circus
2.25 – Midnight Tune
3.00 – Nordano
3.35 – Trucker’s Lodge
4.10 – Gustavian
4.45 – Grand Turina
5.20 – Whispering Waters
5.50 – Red Rookie
NEWCASTLE RACING TIPS
DEFINITE WISDOM has stepped up on some moderate form over hurdles to look a different proposition over fences, chasing home a decent prospect on his debut over the larger obstacles at Wetherby in December.
Rose Dobbin’s charge stepped up on that experience next time to get off the mark at Musselburgh in February and the Definite Article gelding can take another forward step here to follow up.
He had placed twice in points so chasing was always going to suit and he won readily at the Scottish venue. A subsequent 5lbs rise in the weights remains workable and he ought to go close here with the potential for further improvement to come.
RATH AN IUIR steps up in class following his latest runner-up effort, but there could be better to come from Rose Dobbin’s charge who is taken to get back on the scoresheet.
The lightly-raced Flemensfirth gelding made a return from two years off the track to post a promising fourth on his hurdles debut at Ayr, and he duly stepped up on that form to readily account for Orrisdale here in December.
Back from a short break he was only beaten one length at Doncaster when upped to three miles where he was outpaced but finished strongly. He’s back down in trip to that of his last win and a 2lbs rise in the weights is workable so he could progress again and make his presence felt.
2.00 – Stainsby Girl
2.35 – Definite Wisdom
3.10 – Thor De Cerisay
3.45 – Rath An Iuir
4.20 – Bollin Ace
4.55 – Overcourt
5.30 – Getabay
WOLVERHAMPTON RACING TIPS
HIGHWAY ONE is still a maiden after 23 starts but the Quality Road mare has gone close the last twice, latterly finishing less than one length behind the reopposing Janus at Lingfield in February.
George Baker’s mare could turn the tables here having given that rival 6lbs at the weights and the winner has run well since, finishing a close runner-up on their next outing.
She’s now 3lbs better off with that rival, while her rider’s claim further eases her burden to the point she’ll get 2lbs from her last-time conquerer. A repeat of that last run might be good enough so her her turn the tables and she can belatedly open her win account.
FURZIG got back on the winning trail at Chelmsford latest when beating Victory Bond by a nose and with confidence restored Richard Fahey’s charge might be worth chancing to follow up here.
The Monsieur Bond gelding has run well here in the past and his latest success was his second in four starts having earlier struck at Lingfield in December.
He won a shade readily last time and the third has struck since to give some substance to the form. A subsequent 3lbs rise is offset by Conor Murtagh’s claim and he should make his presence felt again here with a repeat.
5.25 – Odds On Oli
6.00 – Highway One
6.30 – Fizzy Feet
7.00 – Furzig
7.30 – Caustic Love
8.00 – Watchable
8.30 – Never Dark