Today’s horse racing tips – Racing best bets on Saturday 7 August

Today's horse racing tips. Racing best bets on Saturday.Today's horse racing tips. Racing best bets on Saturday.

Racing best bets on Saturday 7 August

Another busy day of horse racing action awaits punters on Saturday where the Shergar Cup meeting at Ascot dominates the day’s programme; we’ve looked over the day’s fixtures to pick out our racing best bets on Saturday.

There is another busy programme of UK horse racing action going to post around the country on Saturday with five meetings taking place headed by the Shergar Cup Meeting and the unique team racing event dominates the day’s ITV Racing programme with the broadcaster showing full coverage of the day at Ascot.

Elsewhere there are fixtures going to post at Haydock and Newmarket where both cards host flat racing fixtures featuring Group Three action; while the evening races sees further turf racing on the level at Ayr as Lingfield goes to post on their all-weather surface.

33 races in all will go to post across the day’s quintet of racing fixtures on the level and we’ve looked over all the action to pick out our racing best bets on Saturday.


2:25 Haydock – MansionBet Bet £10 Get £20 Handicap (London Mile Series Qualifier) Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 1m

FANTASTIC FOX can get back to winning ways in this Listed contest and the Frankel colt looked a decent sort when making his third career start a winning one at Hamilton in May where he routed Noble Crusade and others by seven lengths.

He shaped as the trip on the soft ground in the Golden Gates Handicap at Royal Ascot stretched his stamina and back at one mile for his last start on better ground back at Ascot saw him beaten less than one length behind Guru where he wasn’t seen to best effect off a slow pace in a race which turned into a sprint.

There should be a bit more speed to this contest which can show him in a better light and he can get back on the scoresheet.

Racing best bets on Saturday. Silvestre De Sousa can get on the Haydock scoresheet riding Fantastic Fox for trainer Roger Varian.

Racing best bets on Saturday. Silvestre De Sousa can get on the Haydock scoresheet riding Fantastic Fox for trainer Roger Varian.

2:35 Ascot – Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Mile (Handicap) Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 1m

VINTAGER can go well under Nicola Currie and the Mastercraftsman gelding can get back to winning ways here.

Simon and Ed Crisford’s charge has been running well in defeat since scoring on the all-weather at Chantilly back in December last year where he was rated 112 and his latest victory came at Windsor in June when running out a one length winner from Epic Endeavour.

That form hasn’t stood up but he ran other solid race at Ayr latest behind Marie’s Diamond where he was only beaten around a length and that winner has since run well in defeat in a valuable contest at Hamilton.

Rated 99 here he is very capable of a big run if at his best and it is easy to forget he’s won at Group level previously when trained by Charlie Appleby so he doesn’t lack for ability and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the six-year old heavily involved.

2:50 Newmarket – 100% Racingtv Profits Back To Racing Sweet Solera Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 7f

SUNSTRIKE went into the Albany Stakes on the back of a win at Kempton and the John and Thady Gosden-trained filly could be forgiven that effort where she was slow to break and possibly found the soft ground against her despite her running on late although she had no chance.

The Dark Angel filly bounced back from that effort at Sandown latest when finishing fourth to Inspiral in a Listed contest, not helped by failing to get a clear run. However she is arguably better than she’s been able to show in those recent outings and can be given another chance.

She was only a neck behind reopposing Wild Beauty despite her more troubled passage through the race and further improvement ought to see her firmly in the frame as she goes back up in class and with a likely strong pace to aim at.

3:00 Haydock – MansionBet Beaten By A Head Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 7f

ELOQUENT ARTHUR showed progressive form on his reappearance at Windsor in May when beating Danzart readily by two lengths although Richard Hannon’s charge failed to build on that run in two subsequent starts at Doncaster and Chepstow where the slow pace on each occasion surely wouldn’t have suited.

There was a bit more pace to the race when the Sir Prancealot colt turned in a better effort back at Windsor latest, beating Al Saariyah by one length and racing off the same mark here he can make his presence felt again with the prospect of a strong pace in the race a positive.

His last couple of runs have come at six furlongs so this return to seven is another tick in the box and still with improvement likely to be found he can get back on the scoresheet.

Racing best bets on Saturday. Hayley Turner can ride another Shergar Cup winner on Barn Owl.

Racing best bets on Saturday. Hayley Turner can ride another Shergar Cup winner on Barn Owl.

3:10 Ascot – Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Classic (Handicap) Cl3 (3yo 0-95) 1m4f

Lightly-raced BARN OWL could get back on track here and Roger Charlton’s charge can quickly return to winning ways.

The Frankel colt improved for wind surgery to get off the mark at Ripon in June, beating Babindi by a nose and both the runner-up and third horse home have won since to boost the form.

He then ran well at Sandown last month when finishing runner-up to Just Fine where the shorter trip might have been against him. Despite the defeat he turned in a solid run behind the easy winner and he’ll appreciate this return to a longer trip so remains capable of better.

The assessor has left him alone at the weights for this latest run and he should go well under Hayley Turner given he’s still relatively unexposed.

3:25 Newmarket – Ian Angry Anderson Celebration Nursery Handicap Cl3 (2yo 0-90) 7f

UNCS could be worth chancing to add a third win to his record in four starts and George Boughey’s charge can go close here.

The Galileo Colt colt was an impressive debut winner at Beverley in June where he ran out a five lengths’ victor over Mr Coalville. He did disappoint next time out at the same course and distance where he never travelled in that contest; but he quickly bounced back to strike at Redcar last month and there could be more to come from him now he tries handicapping.

He’s been handed what could be a very workable mark of 80 for this handicap debut and with the yard In fair form at present it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him turn in a good performance with further improvement anticipated from the unexposed sort who remains progressive.

6:25 Ayr – QTS Training Handicap Cl5 (3yo+ 0-70) 6f

BRIDGETOWN ran his best race yet on just his third career start to finish a close runner-up at Doncaster and Julie Camacho’s charge can progress again for his handicap debut to get off the mark now.

The Mayson gelding was making his first start on turf when going down only by a head behind Zaammit back in June, racing keenly early. But he travelled well into the race took up the running in the last furlong only to be cut down late by the eventual winner.

That bare form has taken a couple of knocks but he has been handed a very workable opening rating of just 60 based on his three runs to date and he can certainly exploit this lowly rating with a breakthrough success given he is unexposed compared to most of his rivals.

Open to further improvement there’d be no surprise to see him firmly in the mix at the business end and he ought to go very close.

Racing best bets on Saturday. Andrew Balding can get amongst the winners at Lingfield.

Racing best bets on Saturday. Andrew Balding can get amongst the winners at Lingfield.

6:35 Lingfield – Free Football Tips Handicap Cl6 (3yo 0-55) 1m

SPIRIT LEVEL has yet to get off the mark but the Cable Bay gelding can shed his maiden tag here and Andrew Balding’s charge ought to go close.

Twice placed on the all-weather last winter he shaped well on his reappearance effort at Chepstow in July when finishing three lengths’ third behind Oh So Woke where he shaped as if he’d appreciate more of a test.

He steps up a furlong in trip here to one mile which could unlock some improvement in the three-year old who has also been eased 2lbs following that last run which is likely to have sharpened him up so every chance he can improve for the outing to make his presence felt here back on the all-weather.