Saturday 21 September horse racing tips – Drake’s 4/1 chance can go close at Catterick
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across all of Saturday’s UK and Irish racemeetings.
Seven UK and Irish horse racing meetings go to post throughout Saturday, including the Ayr Gold Cup meeting where the competitive eponymously-titled handicap takes centre stage on a card which also includes the Group Three Firth OF Clyde Stakes and the Silver Cup consolation.
Meanwhile, at Newbury the Group Two Mill Reef Stakes is the feature race of the day at the Berkshire venue where the card also features the Group Three Dubai Legacy Cup.
The Cesarewitch Trial is also on the agenda at Newmarket, and there is further flat racing from Catterick and also Chelmsford on the all-weather.
Group Three action dominates the card in Ireland at Gowran Park; while completing Saturday’s fixture list is an all-weather meeting on the tapeta at Wolverhampton.
Newbury (flat) – 1.10 – 5.15pm (8 races)
Ayr (flat) – 1.25 – 5.30pm (8 races)
Chelmsford (flat, aw) – 1.40 – 5.40pm (8 races)
Catterick (flat) – 1.50 – 5.50pm (8 races)
Gowran Park (flat) – 2.05 – 5.25pm (7 races)
Newmarket (flat) – 2.10 – 5.35pm (7 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 5.25 – 8.00pm (7 races)
(1.45) The thriving DAKOTA GOLD (7/4, William Hill) is worth siding with again as Michael Dods’ charge takes another step up the sprinting ladder, and his progress this term showed no signs of being halted when running out a comfortable winner over solid yardstick Danzeno to win the Garrowby Stakes at York two weeks ago.
That success took his tally for the season to four – three of which came on the Knavesmire – and the manner of that success suggested that he wasn’t done with yet in the improvement stakes as he found plenty for his rider’s urgings to see of a decent field of rivals.
The Equiano gelding now steps into Group company for the first time, and so another jolt of progress will be required as he locks horns with the likes of Beverley Bullet winner Judicial, and Scarborough Stakes winner Equilateral. However, he is very much a sprinter on the up at present, and given his relatively cosy success latest there is every reason to think he might still have more to offer.
Of course, he has to prove as effective back at the minimum trip; but if the lesser yardage proves no hindrance then he could well add to his tally and register a first Group win.
(2.55) PIERRE LAPIN (3/1, Coral) arrives here on the back of an impressive debut effort at Haydock back in May where plenty went wrong for Roger Varian’s charge; but the Cappella Sansevero colt can build on that initial experience to make it 2-2 in his career.
Having jumped the road soon after the start, he travelled well for much of the way into the contest before meeting with some trouble in running. Despite being squeezed up, he quickly recovered the lost ground once in the clear and he ran on strongly to post a near-four lengths’ victory over Visible Charm.
He looked a potentially smart prospect in that debut success and the form of the race has since been franked with the runner-up and third horses home both going on to win since along with the fifth who struck when last seen out.
Sure to improve for that debut effort, he can confirm himself to be a very useful sort who has considerable progress to come; and assuming that a four-month absence hasn’t left him short of fitness stepping up markedly in grade then he ought to go close here.
1.10 – Cherokee Trail
1.45 – Dakota Gold
2.20 – Desert Encounter
2.55 – Pierre Lapin
3.30 – Caradoc
4.05 – Establish
4.40 – Fantastic Blue
5.15 – Voltaic
(2.00) CLUB WEXFORD (10/1, Bet365) ran a shocker latest behind What’s The Story at York last month, but Roger Fell’s charge had been in good heart previously and the Lawman gelding is taken to get back on track.
A three-time winner already this campaign, he registered two of those successes over this course and distance, and he lost little caste in defeat in starts at Chester and Haydock where the ground was probably too soft for him on each occasion.
He beat only one rival home at York in the Clipper Logistics Handicap, possibly feeling the race coming too soon after his earlier Haydock fourth in heavy conditions; but having been given a bit of a breather since he ought to appreciate these drying conditions and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him posting a better effort now.
He boasts a very good four wins from five starts at this track, and the handicapper has eased him 1lb in the weights following that latest York run. He should be fresh now following a month off, and he can bounce back here.
(3.15) LAMBETH WALK (5/1, Ladbrokes) has been highly tried this term following back-to-back wins earlier in the campaign on her first two outings, and Archie Watson’s charge can get back to winning ways here.
Possibly unsuited by softer ground at Royal Ascot in the Coventry Stakes where she finished down the field, Archie Watson’s charge ran well behind the Coventry winner Raffle Prize in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket in July, eventually finishing fourth.
The Charm Spirit filly was then denied only by Platinum Star latest at Ripon when taking in a Listed race at the Yorkshire track, and that was a strong race for the grade.
She wasn’t disgraced with the contest possibly not being run to suit, and she’ll get more of a pace this time around to aim at. With the potential still for further improvement she can remain competitive in this contest, and with title-chasing Oisin Murphy in the saddle again for this assignment it wouldn’t come as a shock to see the pair in the thick of things at the business end.
1.25 – Atheeb
2.00 – Club Wexford
2.40 – Show Stealer
3.15 – Lambeth Walk
3.50 – Laugh A Minute
4.25 – Another Touch
4.55 – Giga White
5.30 – Beyond The Clouds
(3.05) LITTLE CAMACHO (7/1, Bet365) was a winner over seven furlongs here back in July, and Anthony McCann’s charge can get back on the scoresheet here.
The Camacho filly was splitting a pair of narrow runner-up defeats when successful in that race, and he wasn’t disgraced latest despite finishing seventh at Cork last month behind Noirvento where he was beaten almost four lengths.
He wore cheekpieces that day, but having fluffed the start he was always on the back foot and it was arguably a better effort than the result suggests to finish where he did. He goes back up in trip here and every chance that he can bounce back from that last-time effort.
1.35 – New York Girl
2.05 – King Of The Throne
2.35 – Phoenix Open
3.05 – Little Camacho
3.40 – The Lady’s Bid
4.15 – Credenza
4.50 – Never Rains
5.25 – Insaan
(2.15) AQUARIUS (6/1, Bet365) was winning for the first time since her debut when scoring over course and distance last month, and Michael Appleby’s charge can follow up here.
The Charm Spirit filly had finished a close third the time before at Newmarket, and she stepped up on that performance to deny Maid Millie by a nose latest where she held on well for the score with the front pair clear of the rest.
She has only been raised 3lbs for that success, and she could have more to offer on the all-weather so if finding some measure of improvement on the back of that win then she ought to go close here.
(3.25) WAR GLORY (5/2, Bet365) has a good record at this venue, and the Canford Cliffs gelding was nutted close home over course and distance last Saturday in a valuable contest where he finished a head third behind Lethal Lunch.
He had won over course and distance the time before by a short-head, although he appeared to win a shade cosily despite the narrow margin, and he lost no caste in defeat latest where he was caught just a couple of strides from the finish.
The handicapper certainly hasn’t helped his cause with a further 2lbs rise in the weights which demands a career-best from him in turn; but given his good record at this track – three wins and four places from nine starts – he ought to remain competitive and it would be no surprise to see another bold bid.
1.40 – Lexington Rebel
2.15 – Aquarius
2.50 – Olaudah
3.25 – War Glory
4.00 – Furious
4.35 – Sea Battle
5.05 – Shauyra
5.40 – Rudy Lewis
(3.00) NEAR KETTERING (4/1, Paddy Power) is in decent heart currently, winning at Thirsk last month with a defeat of Dew Pond, and Sam Drake’s charge subsequently struck again two weeks later when switched to hurdling where the Medicean gelding beat Jaxlight by two lengths at Sedgefield.
That last flat success came from a mark of 62, and a subsequent 4lbs rise leaves her still well-treated at the weights given she won off 77 when trained in Ireland by Johnny Murtagh, as well as make the frame from a mark of 80 so he has the ability to defy this rise back up the ratings.
Back up in trip and arriving here in good form, he can continue his purple patch with another win back on the flat where he remains handicapped to go close.
(3.35) AUCKLAND LODGE (4/1, Paddy Power) got back to winning ways when grinding out victory over course and distance latest, and Ben Haslam’s charge can follow up here.
Also a Carlisle winner earlier in the season, he has split his wins with a pair of fourth-placed efforts at York and back at Carlisle; but he produced a career-best latest to beat Flight Of Thunder by just over one length, and that race has thrown up a subsequent winner since.
He is only 1lb higher here, and with the potential to improve further he could prove the answer here.
1.50 – Dick Datchery
2.25 – Little Ted
3.00 – Near Kettering
3.35 – Auckland Lodge
4.10 – Fantastic Ms Fox
4.45 – Mogsy
5.20 – Eldelbar
5.50 – Isabella Ruby
(2.45) GRAPHITE STORM (4/1, Bet365) is given another chance having been running better than his bare finishing position might otherwise suggest the last twice.
The Delegator gelding was a winner at this venue back in July, beating That Is The Spirit by a head. He possibly just found the softer ground against him at Newbury next time when finishing fourth behind Pattie, and he was beaten around four lengths latest when going one better for a bronze medal finish at Chepstow earlier in the month behind Bungee Jump.
Clive Cox’s charge could be worth chancing returned to this venue, and while that last win came on the July Course he could prove as effective here and the way the race might develop into a tactical affair may suit him better than the strong pace he has faced the last twice.
(3.20) NAZEEF (Evens, Ladbrokes) is much less exposed than her three rivals and the Invincible Spirit filly arrives here on a hat-trick of wins having already been successful at this venue and Chelmsford.
John Gosden’s charge beat Ghalyoon on the first occasion, and that form has been franked since with the runner-up and third both posting subsequent wins; while she returned from a break to overcome a slow start and score easily over Qatar Queen latest on the all-weather.
That was an impressive win, and back on turf and making her handicap debut she could prove a tough nut to crack from a mark of 93 which may underestimate her potential to improve, and she has plenty of scope for better.
2.10 – Queen Daenerys
2.45 – Graphite Storm
3.20 – Nazeef
3.55 – Blue Laureate
4.30 – First Flight
5.00 – Stagehand
5.35 – Firmdecisions
(5.55) AMAZON PRINCESS (8/1, Paddy Power) showed precious little on her debut at Bath back in May, beating only one home and finishing around twelve lengths’ adrift of the winner. However, Archie Watson’s charge could do better here with that run under her belt, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the War Command filly take a forward step.
The third, fourth and fifth horses home in that debut outing have all registered subsequent wins, and first-time blinkers could help to sharpen her up and draw some improvement out of her.
Dropping into selling company for her second start, she could prove altogether a different proposition with some experience to call upon, and given she was well-supported in the betting ahead of her debut she could prove to be better than she showed first time up.
This is a pretty weak contest, and unexposed after just one outing she is chanced to step up for her first run and she can go close this time around.
(6.50) MADE OF HONOUR (8/1, Paddy Power) was thwarted in her hat-trick attempt when finishing four lengths’ fifth of ten runners behind Toy Theatre at Kempton; but David Loughnane’s charge was presumedly amiss given she hasn’t been seen out since.
That run came back in February, but she had won previously at Newcastle and Lingfield in January when trained by Karl Burke, and she proved her effectiveness on turf also for the same trainer earlier in her career with wins at Ayr and Chantilly.
Having switched yards and making her debut for Loughnane here, she could be worth chancing to bounce back on her return from seven months off given she is proven on this surface and has gone well when fresh in the past.
5.25 – Thornaby Princess
5.55 – Amazon Princess
6.20 – Consequences
6.50 – Made Of Honour
7.20 – Ariette Du Rue
7.50 – Shandoz
8.20 – Warning Light