UK racing tips on Saturday – Best bets for the day’s fixtures around the country
UK racing tips on Saturday 31 July
Another busy day of horse racing action around the UK awaits punters on Saturday with five more meetings going to post and we’ve picked out our UK racing tips on Saturday for the day’s fixtures.
Punters have plenty more horse racing action to sink their teeth into on Saturday with five meetings heading to post around the country including the fifth and final day of Glorious Goodwood featuring the Group Two Lillie Langtry Stakes and the competitive Stewards’ Cup Handicap which promises another fast and furious cavalry charge along the Sussex Downs.
Elsewhere in the afternoon there are further flat racing fixtures at Newmarket on the July Course and also Doncaster; while Lingfield and Hamilton account for the Saturday evening action on the flat with both meetings on turf.
Across the day’s quintet of racing 34 races in all will unfold around the country and we’ve picked out our UK racing tips on Saturday for all the day’s meetings.
UK RACING TIPS ON SATURDAY – BEST BETS FOR THE DAY’S FIXTURES AROUND THE COUNTRY
2:10 Newmarket – European Bloodstock News British EBF Fillies’ Nursery Handicap Cl2 (2yo) 6f
CASHEW has won twice this term, scoring wins at Windsor and Haydock on softer ground, latterly beating Magic Warrior and the race may just have come too soon when only fourth at Catterick four days later under a penalty although the extra furlong might also have been a factor in his defeat.
George Boughey has enjoyed a fantastic first season and the Bated Breath filly could be worth chancing to bounce back quickly here back over shorter and having had more of a break between runs.
The runner-up in that Catterick event did the form no harm next time out and with rain forecast his chances will increase with any ease in the ground so he’s not one to write off just yet back over a more suitable trip.
2:30 Goodwood – Summer Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 1m6f
FUTURE INVESTMENT seems to be working his way back into form after a couple of lesser runs, finding only one too good latest at Ascot when dropped to this distance and it might be worth chancing Ralph Beckett’s charge to go one better.
The Mount Nelson gelding was a winner at Chester last August and he ran with credit in competitive handicaps thereafter which included the Old Borough Cup and the Cesarewitch prior to a break. He might have needed his return and then ran well in defeat on the back of that when finishing fifth in heavy ground at Haydock.
Denied by only a nose latest when attempting to give away weight all round that was a very creditable effort and from just 2lbs higher here he can make his presence felt with a repeat on ground that is sure to suit.
2:45 Newmarket – British Stallion Studs EBF Chalice Stakes (Listed Race) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4f
SAYYIDA is proving progressive and arrives here on a hat-trick having posted a pair of impressive wins at Flat HQ and Charlie Appleby’s charge can strike gold again to bring up the three-timer.
The Dubawi filly has improved for the step up to this longer trip, beating Mellow Magic on the first occasion following a break and improving on that performance switching to handicaps to see off By Starlight latest under this rider.
That form is solid and there could be more to come from her as she steps up again in grade into Listed company and she can take the rise in class in her stride to strike again.
3:30 Doncaster – Cazoo Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m2f
STRAIT OF HORMUZ was impressive when landing a course and distance handicap last September, beating a strong field in the process and the Sir Percy gelding can get back on the scoresheet here.
Jedd O’Keeffe’s charge posted his best effort of the season when finishing third in the recent John Smith’s Cup, finishing off that race strongly and only being denied around a head at the finish behind Johnny Drama.
That form has been done no harm with the front two since both running well in the same race at Goodwood earlier in the week and a repeat of that York performance ought to see him firmly in the mix here off the same mark.
3:40 Goodwood – Unibet Stewards’ Cup (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 6f
HURRICANE IVOR was a multiple winner in France prior to joining this yard and the Ivawood gelding has wasted little time in finding further progress since his move to William Haggas, building on his return to win at Sandown (dead-heat) and then go close to a follow-up at Ascot three weeks ago when denied a short-head by Significantly.
The dead-heat call is somewhat controversial as he appeared the clear winner on the print and both that run and his latest have largely stood up on subsequent form so he could well again here where he’s 3lbs well-in on his mark.
He raced on the unfavoured far side at Ascot last time and beat all bar the winner who moved to the stands’ side early; but he was clear of the rest on his side of the track and with the return to six furlongs no issue he’s expected to put in a big performance here.
4:02 Doncaster – Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap Cl3 (3yo 0-90) 6f
POPMASTER might be worth chancing to get back to winning ways here and his chances will be increased with a strong pace which looks likely with a couple of these rivals usually keen to go forward.
Ed Walker’s charge has been in good form this term without getting his head in front, making the frame in four of his five starts this season with the latest coming at Newmarket last time out where he finished third behind Blackrod and beaten just a half-length.
That form looks very fair and the Gutaifan gelding takes a slight drop in grade here so he can make his presence felt in this contest although it looks a good one for this level.
6:05 Lingfield – Mitch Ricketts 18th Birthday Handicap Cl6 (3yo+ 0-65) 6f
MOOSMEE was a winner for this column five days ago when readily striking gold at this course and Simon Dow’s charge can quickly follow up here to land his hat-trick.
The Society Rock gelding had also win over over this course and distance the time before, scoring by three lengths from Captain Jameson and it was a similar margin latest he won by although that contest came over an extra furlong.
The drop back to sprinting will hold no fears and a 5lbs penalty might not be enough to stop him with the ground unlikely to faze him given he went close in soft ground previously in the season.
Assuming he’s not undone by a high draw then he ought to make his presence felt and no surprise if he were to go close again with Tyler Heard’s claim helping to offset the penalty he has to carry here.
7:20 Hamilton – Almada Mile Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m½f
None of this quintet can be ruled out but it might be worth sticking with MARIE’S DIAMOND who won for this column twelve days ago and Mark Johnston’s charge can follow up.
The Footstepsinthesand entire was ending a losing streak stretching back 13 months when going in at Ayr latest, beating Shelir by a head; but he had largely contested in Pattern company following a Listed win last June and he was taking advantage of a reducing mark back in a handicap latest.
He’s only been raised 1lb for that success and with plenty of smart form behind him he can make his presence felt again under his meagre rise in the handicap despite conceding weight all round to this field.
He’s still well-handicapped on his old form despite the rise and no surprise if he takes a bit of beating here although cases can be made for every runner in the field in what should be a good race.