Saturday 24 August horse racing tips – Dascombe’s 11/4 chance has the Power to strike Windsor win
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all of Saturday’s UK and Irish racemeetings.
Another bumper nine fixture crop of UK and Irish horse racing action goes to post on Saturday, with the feature Ebor Handicap dominating the day’s meeting on a card that also includes the Group Two City Of York Stakes on the Knavesmire.
Elswehere, there is further flat racing action from Goodwood and Newmarket, with the former including such highlights as the Group Two Celebration Mile; while there is Listed action on the latter racecard.
There is also all-weather action from Chelmsford, while Killarney in Ireland are also racing on the flat on turf; and there is also a jumps fixture from Cartmel on Saturday afternoon.
Completing the fixture list for Saturday are evening flat racing fixtures at both Windsor and Redcar.
Killarney (flat) – 12.50 – 4.40pm (8 races)
Goodwood (flat) – 1.30 – 5.00pm (7 races)
Newmarket (flat) – 1.40 – 5.05pm (7 races)
York (flat) – 1.50 – 5.20pm (7 races)
Chelmsford (flat, aw) – 2.00 – 5.25pm (7 races)
Cartmel (jumps) – 2.15 – 5.45pm (7 races)
Windsor (flat) – 4.40 – 7.50pm (7 races)
Redcar (flat) – 4.55 – 8.00pm (7 races)
Kilbeggan (jumps) – 5.05 – 8.10pm (7 races)
(1.20) SEA THE DAWN (11/2, Paddy Power) stepped up markedly on an inauspicious debut to get off the mark at the second attempt, and Adrian Keatley’s charge could be worth sticking with to follow up here returning from a break.
The Sea The Moon filly had beaten only two home on her debut at the Curragh, but she appeared to be suited by the stiffer test at Roscommon latterly when running out an easy six lengths’ winner over Glow Worm, and likely to improve again she can double her tally switching to a handicap.
The ground was very testing that day, but she ought to handle these conditions and an opening mark of 80 may not overfaze her where she has the services of a good 7lbs claimer to help ease her burden at the weights.
Assuming a break hasn’t taken the edge of her then it would be no surprise to see her going close here, and she can follow up that last-time success.
(2.30) LADY WANNABE (7/2, Paddy Power) was just touched off in a Listed contest here last month, but James ‘Fozzy’ Stack’s charge could go one better this time around.
The Camelot filly won earlier in the season at Cork, beating Alezia by two lengths, after which she struggled to get competitive in the Derrinstown 1000 Guineas Trial. However, she has run well in her three starts since, beaten behind Viadera at the Curragh in May and then finishing just over two lengths’ fourth behind Buckhurst at the Curragh when stepped up to ten furlongs to contest the Group Three International Stakes.
Back at one mile for her last run, she was denied again by Viadera by only a short-head, and a repeat of that effort might be enough to see her go one better here. The third horse home has done the form no harm in two subsequent outing, and she ought to remain competitive here.
12.50 – Baby Zeus
1.20 – Sea The Dawn
1.35 – National Guard
2.30 – Lady Wannabe
3.05 – All The Mollies
3.35 – Button Popper
4.05 – Building Bridges
4.40 – Stratum
(2.05) Some improving types to consider with Duke Of Hazzard and Beat Le Bon in the line-up; but SKARDU (11/4, Coral) has his sights eased out of Group One company, and the drop to a lesser grade can see William Haggas’ charge come home in front.
The Shamardal colt has been set some stiff assignments this term, but he has run with credit in each of those runs in the English and Irish 2000 Guineas, and also the St James’s Palace Stakes where his form figures read 344.
The latter outing at Ascot has worked out quite well, and with the drying ground in his favour then he can get back on the scoresheet dropping down into a relatively weak Group Two contest.
(2.40) SHADN (5/1, Paddy Power) found the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot too much of a test, but the No Nay Never filly won either side of that lesser effort and Andrew Balding’s charge can win again.
A Listed winner at Newbury last time out, finding plenty for pressure, she’ll need a bit more stepping up in class to a Group Three contest. However, the form of her win looks fair with a subsequent winner since coming out of the race, while another has run with some credit in the recent Richmond Stakes.
An obviously tougher assignment, she could nevertheless have better to come and a further step up in trip could unlock additional improvement so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him getting involved here.
1.30 – Odyssey Girl
2.05 – Skardu
2.40 – Shadn
3.15 – Zhui Feng
3.50 – Manuela De Vega
4.25 – You’re Hired
5.00 – Orin Swift
(2.10) This can go to VISIBLE CHARM (7/4, Ladbrokes) who has made the frame on all four career starts to date which includes a win at Nottingham two starts ago, and the Godolphin runner was only narrowly denied a follow up win when beaten three-parts of a length into second behind Tomfre here earlier in the month.
Charlie Appleby’s charge was making his handicap debut in that outing, and he turns out here from the same mark where he can go one better.
(2.45) Well-bred Kingman filly POSTED (4/1, Bet365) has improved with each start this term, bettering her finishing position each time and getting off the mark at Salisbury last month with a defeat of Strict Tempo.
That was her handicap debut and she made short work of a mark of 79, and the runner-up and third horses home have both ran well in defeat since. The front pair had pulled clear of the rest, and a subsequent 6lbs rise in the weights for that win may not stop her from following up if she can build on that winning performance.
1.40 – Electrical Storm
2.10 – Visible Charm
2.45 – Posted
3.20 – Themaxwecan
3.55 – Pretty Pollyanna
4.30 – Bint Soghaan
5.05 – Foxy Forever
(2.25) KIEFER (7/1, William Hill) has met with defeat in his last two outings, but the Pour Moi colt could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet.
Eve Johnson Houghton’s charge was a winner at Newbury back in May, beating Alhaazm by three-parts of a length, and he subsequently hasn’t been beaten far behind Desert Icon at Salisbury next time where he was racing from out of the weights..
Third at Ascot latest where he finished thiree lengths third behind Western Duke, there is a suspicion that he is capable of better still and that he has the potential to post a big run. Arguably unlucky last time having met with trouble in running, he remains with scope off this mark and the increased emphasis on stamina here as he goes up in trip could yield further progress so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him going close here.
(4.45) Fayez won well at Goodwood latest, but he has a 5lbs rise in the weights to defy and might got get the strong pace that served him well last time so recent Galway Hurdle winner TUDOR CITY (11/2, Bet365) gets the vote to land a big prize back on the flat for Irish handler Tony Martin.
The Yeats gelding has proven to be largely consistent without winning on the flat, and his last success in this sphere came over this trip at Fairyhouse back in September 2017. He’s been largely consistent since both on the flat and over hurdles, and he got back on the scoreboard when winning the Galway Hurdle by a half-length over Due Reward where he appeared to win with something to spare despite a stiff looking mark.
That form took a boost when the fourth won next time, and back on the level from an appealing mark and racing from a decent draw towards the inside then he can go close here and follow up that last hurdles win with success on the flat.
1.50 – Wissahickon
2.25 – Kiefer
3.00 – Speak In Colours
3.40 – Wells Farhh Go
4.10 – Dylan De Vega
4.45 – Tudor City
5.20 – Rathbone
(2.35) CRIME OF PASSION (15/8, William Hill) found some improvement for her handicap debut at Ffos Las earlier in the month, beating Prissy Missy by just over one length, and the Acclamation filly can find improvement for that breakthrough success to follow up here.
That win came from a mark of 63 and she appeared to do the job readily enough where a 4lbs rise may not be enough to stop her from doubling her tally if the switch to this surface doesn’t cause an issue.
(3.45) STRELKA (7/4, Coral) shaped really well on her debut at Windsor earlier in the month, and the Kingman filly can show the benefit of that experience to get off the mark.
Ralph Beckett’s charge was beaten just over one length behind Whispering Beauty, showing her inexperience late by hanging badly to her left; but she stuck on well and was four lengths clear of the third and rest who came home at intervals behind an easy winner.
Likely to have plenty of improvement to come, the well-bred sort can go one better here to open her win account.
2.00 – Luna Wish
2.35 – Crime Of Passion
3.10 – Calculation
3.45 – Strelka
4.20- Bayston Hill
4.50 – Attainment
5.25 – Amaranth
(2.50) Point-to-point winner BANNIXTOWN GLORY (5/2, Ladbrokes) has taken well to hurdling, finding only one too good at Southwell in June on her first run for three months and then going one better at Worcester in July where she ran out a nine lengths’ winner over Miss Heritage.
Donald McCain’s Fame and Glory mare scored readily despite not always being fully convincing with her jumping, and with the potential for further improvement tackling a longer trip on her handicap bow she can defy an opening mark of 112.
(4.00) JEU DE MOTS (7/4, Bet365) got back to winning ways when doubling her tally with a win over course and distance last month, and Dianne Sayer’s charge lost little caste in defeat next time out under a penalty when finishing third to Ardera Cross who has won again since.
The Saint Des Saints gelding has been reassessed onto a much more favourable mark just 2lbs higher than that last success, and his latest outing on the flat is readily overlooked.
Back over fences here, he can quickly regain the winning thread on these terms, and he ought to go close.
2.15 – Wooster
2.50 – Bannixtown Glory
3.25 – Djingle
4.00 – Jeu De Mots
4.35 – Nortonthorpelegend
5.10 – Beeno
5.45 – Cape Hideaway
(5.15) PHUKET POWER (11/4, Paddy Power) looked to be in need of the experience when finishing fourth on debut behind Master Mcgrath at Sandown earlier in the month, but he should prove much sharper now with the run under his belt and he can improve.
Tom Dascombe’s charge caught the eye finishing well having ran green early; but he’ll have learnt plenty for the outing and likely to improve he can build on that first outing to get off the mark at the second attempt with the extra furlong here likely to be in his favour.
(6.20) CROWNED EAGLE (11/4, William Hill) found only one too good in an Italian Group Two latest, and a repeat of that effort should see Marco Botti’s charge get back to winning ways.
The Oasis Dream gelding is a past course winner, although his latest success came back in March 2018 at Kempton; but he has faced some stiff tests since, including last season’s Ebor and and the Listed Floodlit Stakes at Kempton prior to a tilt at the Dubai Gold Cup where he cut little ice.
He ran well in his first couple of outings of the campaign, beaten only one length behind Red Verdon at Doncaster and then faring better than the bare result when fifth of six runners behind King’s Advice at Ripon; that form has been significantly franked, and he ought to continue to give a good account.
4.40 – Mukha Magic
5.15 – Phuket Power
5.50 – Yimou
6.20 – Crowned Eagle
6.50 -Desert Encounter
7.20 – City Wanderer
7.50 -Noble Fox
(5.30) ABBEY WHARF (4/1, William Hill) stepped up on a fair debut eighth at this venue in June where she clearly was in need of the run to find only one too good next time out at York, and Nigel Tinkler’s charge can find another jolt of improvment to go one better here.
The Slade Power filly was beaten five lengths behind Abstemious who won readily and looked a useful sort, and has since contested the Gimcrack at York.
Possibly guilty of being given too much to do in that last run, although it is unlikely she’d have won in any case, she can improve again and no surprise to see her in the mix for this prize.
(6.30) Consistent WELL FUNDED (5/1, Coral) can get back on the scoresheet here, and James Bethell’s charge could prove a tough nut to crack.
The Camelot filly is progressing well, winning at Doncaster in June from out of the weights and then posting back-to-back runner-up efforts at Nottingham the next twice.
Beaten just over three lengths behind Platform Nineteen latest, she may have found two miles on soft ground just stretching her, but this shorter trip and better ground can show her in a better light.
The form of that last run is working out with the winner and fourth horses home both going on to win again, and a 3lbs rise in the weights looks workable, so every chance she can find some more progress to get back on the scoresheet here.
4.55 – Regal Director
5.30 – Abbey Wharf
6.00 – Bertie’s Princess
6.30 – Well Funded
7.00 – Whinmoor
7.30 – Yes You
8.00 – Ticks The Boxes
(6.40) JOSEPHINA (5/2, William Hill) opened her account when successful at Tramore earlier in the month, and while Andrew Mullins’ charge isn’t certain to repeat that feat, she could be worth chancing to do so nonetheless in a winnable contest.
The Royal Anthem mare had shown glimpses of form prior to making that breakthrough success, where she appeared to win a shade readily. Her earlier fifth at the same venue over a longer trip was also a decent effort where she was arguably unlucky having been squeezed for room before keeping on well.
That form took a boost when the third horse home won next time, and while a 7lbs rise for her win demands more, she may be able to defy the rise and find some improvement now she’s managed to get her head in front.
(7.10) VISIOMAN (10/11, Bet365) got back to winning ways over hurdles when successful at Clonmel two starts ago, and Henry De Bromhead’s charge made a solid switch to chasing when last seen at Limerick in July where the Vision D’etat gelding finished third behind Mega Mindy.
There wasn’t much to separate the front trio on that occasion, and they had pulled nine lengths clear of the rest of the field which included a subsequent winner.
That was a very promising effort, and there is certainly potential for better with at experience under his belt. Likely to improve, he could prove a tough nut to crack here, and he can open his chase win account.
5.05- Tara Dylan
5.40 – Little Nugget
6.10 – Top Moon
6.40 – Josephina
7.10 – Visioman
7.40 – Toosey
8.10 – Blue Jacaranda