Saturday 28 September horse racing tips – Cole’s 9/1 chance could Bolt in at Ripon

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across all eight of Saturday’s UK and Irish racemeetings.

A fixture list of eight UK and Irish horse racing meetings awaits punters on Saturday, where it is Cambridgeshire Handicap day at Newmarket at the three-day Cambridgeshire Festival meeting draws to a close with a top-class racecard which features two Group One contests with the Cheveley Park Stakes and Middle Park Stakes both on the agenda alongside the hugely competitive feature handicap.

Elsewhere, there is further flat racing action in the afternoon from Haydock, Chester and Ripon where the City Of The Dales Handicap takes centre stage at the Yorkshire venue.

There is also flat racing action in Ireland from the Curragh which features Group Three action on the racecard.

Saturday’s afternoon jumps racing meanwhile sees the Listed Prelude Hurdle headline Market Rasen’s card over the sticks, while Navan in Ireland are also racing over obstacles.

An evening fixture under the floodlights at Chelmsford on their polytrack surface completes a busy afternoon of racing action.

Curragh (flat) – 1.25 – 5.30pm (7 races)
Haydock (flat) – 1.30 – 5.00pm (7 races)
Chester (flat) – 1.35 – 5.05pm (7 races)
Market Rasen (jumps) – 1.40 – 5.10pm (7 races)
Navan (jumps) – 1.45 – 5.15pm (7 races)
Newmarket (flat) – 1.50 – 5.25pm (7 races)
Ripon (flat) – 1.55 – 5.20pm (7 races)
Chelmsford (flat, aw) – 5.20 – 8.20pm (7 races)


(2.00) SPEAK IN COLOURS (6/4, Bet365) has been in good form this term, winning a Listed race here in June and then performing with some credit stepped up to seven furlongs in subsequent outings at Goodwood and York in a pair of Group Two outings.

The latter of those saw Joseph O’Brien’s Excelebration colt finish three lengths’ fourth behind Shine So Bright in the City Of York Stakes where he finished ahead of subsequent winner Sir Dancealot and grand campaigner Gordon Lord Byron.

Dropping back both in distance and in grade for this latest outing, he could post a big effort and it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see him getting firmly in the mix in this Group Three contest.

(3.10) LUMINENT (9/1, William Hill) produced a career-best effort to get off the mark at Gowran Park earlier in the month, and now that the Teofilo fily has tasted success she could be worth chancing to follow up.

Johnny Murtagh’s charge had a short-head to spare at the line over Hidden Spark, rallying well having made most of the running until headed, and she got back up on the line to land the spoils.

Her rider that day couldn’t claim, but his rider today can utilise his 4lbs allowance to offset the 3lbs she has gone up in the weights for that win and so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see another big run.

1.25 – Yale
2.00 – Speak In Colours
2.35 – Make A Challenge
3.10 – Luminent
3.45 – Bashiyr
4.20 – Kastasa
4.55 – Sheranda
5.30 – Take A Turn

The Curragh race

The Curragh race on Saturday afternoon


(2.05) DUBAI DOMINION (6/1, William Hill) could be worth siding with in this contest, and Ed Vaughn’s lightly-raced Pivotal colt can post a big effort in this competitive handicap.

A winner on the July Course at Newmarket last campaign, he made the frame twice subsequently in Listed outings at Salisbury and Doncaster before running with credit despite beating only rival home in a French Group Three contest last October.

Although he hasn’t managed to reach that level in four outings this term, his most recent runner-up finish behind Qaysar here earlier in the month was a step back in the right direction and if he can build on that near miss then he could go one better now given he will be fresher than most of his rivals and he remains relatively unexposed still.

Briefly outpaced in that latest Haydock outing, he came with a strong late run and just failed to overhaul the winner who got first run on him in what was a much better effort, and likely to be suited by the return to one mile he may be able to get back to winning ways here.

The heavy ground ought not to present an issue given he has twice made the frame in soft ground, and competing from just 1lb higher in the weights under Jason Watson who takes the ride on this occasion he ought to go close.

(3.15) Testing ground will present no issue for CAME FROM THE DARK (9/2, Ladbrokes) who sluiced through the mud over course and distance earlier in the season to run out an easy four lengths’ winner over Tomily, and with conditions set to be as arduous again it could be worth chancing Ed Walker’s charge to follow up despite being hiked up 10lbs in the ratings.

The Dark Angel colt had struck over six furlongs in heavy ground back in June following a short break, and although he finished runner-up next time he wasn’t quite at his best in subsequent efforts prior to that return to form.

It could be that five furlongs is his best trip despite his win over further previously, and given the way he won last time where he tanked through the race he could well have more to offer even accounting for his climb up the handicap following his bloodless success last time out.

He represents an age-group which has a good record in this event, and proven to handle the conditions with the trip no issue then there is every chance that he can post a follow-up victory here despite the rise in class, and he could prove ahead of his rating given he has the potential still for further improvement.

1.30 – Craylands
2.05 – Dubai Dominion
2.40 – Kapono
3.15 – Came From The Dark
3.50 – Emaraty Hero
4.25 – Altra Vita
5.00 – Lightly Squeeze


(2.10) CONFRONTATIONAL (9/1, William Hill) could be worth chancing having shaped much better in reapplied cheekpieces latest when finishing third behind Parys Mountain over this course and distance earlier in the month.

Jennie Candlish’s charge was a dual-winner at Dundalk for previous handler John Joseph Murphy, including off a mark of 79 prior to joining this yard; while he has largely struggled following his move, he has posted the odd solid run and he needs to back up his latest run where he was beaten just over two lengths.

Well-drawn here out of the number two stall, he is handicapped to post a big run from just 74 and if he can build on his latest outing then he could get back on the scoresheet.

(2.45) It would perhaps be unwise to write off POP DANCER (6/1, Ladbrokes) following his latest disappointing run at York last month where he beat only a five rivals home behind Oweny Madden, crossing the line almost twenty lengths adrift.

Richard Fahey’s Kodiac colt is perhaps better judged on his earlier back-to-back wins at Pontefract and Musselburgh respectively, the latter of which came on soft ground, and he can bounce back from his York effort where he was poorly drawn.

Drawn in midfield here, conditions will be no problem although he has to confirm that he gets this six furlong trip having posted both wins over the minimum trip. However, if the extra yardage doesn’t prove a negative then he could get back on the scoresheet here.

1.35 – Strait Of Hormuz
2.10 – Confrontational
2.45 – Pop Dancer
3.20 – Scofflaw
3.55 – Mr Carpenter
4.30 – Cuban Sun
5.05 – Wolf Prince

Chester race

Chester race on Saturday


(2.15) ZEB SPIRIT (2/1, Coral) made a good first impression when scoring on debut for Olly Murphy at Fontwell earlier in the month, and the Zebedee gelding can follow up here.

Only a fair sort on the flat, he ran out a near-three lengths’ winner over Local Affair in that first try over timber, making all the running and he had enough in reserve to overcome a last-flight mistake to score a shade comfortably.

That experience won’t have been lost on him, and likely to improve for the outing then he could prove a tough nut to crack as he bids to make it 2-2 over timber.

(3.25) AS YOU LIKE (7/2, Ladbrokes) arrives here looking for a hat-trick of wins, and Jonjo O’Neill’s charge can land the three-timer.

The Beneficial gelding has struck twice at Newton Abbot this campaign, latterly running out a one-length winner over Field Exhibition with the pair clear of the rest and a repeat of that may be enough to see him follow up despite a 7lbs rise in the weights for that success.

Rising star Jonjo O’Neill Jnr takes off a handy 3lbs however, and he remains a potentially progressive sort over fences who could still be an improving chaser. He is taken to land the spoils here if he can translate his Newton Abbot form to this venue, and while his best runs have come at that track he can go well here.

1.40 – Time Is Honey
2.15 – Zeb Spirit
2.50 – Beautiful Ben
3.25 – As You Like
4.00 – See The Sea
4.35 – Wise Coco
5.10 – On The Wild Side


(2.55) SPORTY YANKEE (6/1, Bet365) could be worth chancing on his first start for Gordon Elliott, and the Paddy O’prado gelding can do better than he showed on his chase debut at Cartmel back in May.

A dual-winner on the flat in his early career for Karl Burke, he had cut little ice over hurdles for Martin Keighley and then Aytach Sadik, and he pulled up when switched to fences by the latter-named handler where he turned in a dismal performance where he was never competitive at any stage.

Odds of 66/1 on that occasion spoke volumes of his chances however, and he returns to the smaller obstacles on his first outing for Elliott who could eke some improvement out of the six-year old and if that proves to be the case then he could go well from a mark of 86 on his debut for the Meath handler in what looks a fairly ordinary race.

(4.40) Lightly-raced MEGALOMANIAC (9/2, Paddy Power) is 2-2 over fences, scoring both wins at Tramore and Henry de Bromhead’s charge can extend his winning run here.

The Alfred Nobel gelding had struck over hurdles at Clonmel in May before running out a winner over Knock On Steel on his debut over the larger obstacles and he wasn’t disgraced back over timber in a competitive Galway hurdle where he finished eighth.

However, he returned to chasing to beat the useful Demi Plie back at Tramore in August, and that one has won since to give the form a boost.

The handicapper has hit him with an 11lbs rise in the weights which demands more, but he could prove to be a progressive sort over fences and may have more to offer so every chance he can make it three from three tackling the larger obstacles.

1.45 – Dream Deal
2.20 – Song Of Namibia
2.55 – Sporty Yankee
3.30 – Black Tears
4.05 – Lever Du Soleil
4.40 – Megalomaniac
5.15 – Gold Speed

Gordon Elliott

Gordon Elliott can saddle a Navan winner on Saturday


(2.25) A fascinating clash in prospect between French raider Tropbeau and RAFFLE PRIZE (5/4, William Hill) with Mark Johnston’s charge taken to come out on top.

The Slade Power filly has gone from strength to strength this campaign, stepping up on a promising debut here in May behind Daahyeh to reel off a three-timer which included back-to-back Group Two wins at Royal Ascot and at this venue on the July Course.

The latter of those wins saw her beat Daahyeh in the Duchess Of Cambridge stakes, scoring by the better part of two lengths’ over her old rival; she had won earlier in the Queen Mary Stakes over a furlong shorter, although her winning run was ended by the unbeaten Earthlight in the Prix Morny latest.

She was only beaten a neck on that occasion however, and she had a subsequent Group One third behind as well as Group Two and Group Three winners so the form of that effort is very strong.

Despite the prospect of some rain at Flat HQ, any easing of the ground is unlikely to pose an issue given her Queen Mary performance in soft ground, and with the potential for further improvement she could prove a tough nut to crack if reproducing her recent French form.

(4.15) Some interesting newcomers line up here, but PRINCESS BRIDE (7/2, Bet365) shaped with plenty of initial promise when finishing third on debut at Leicester earlier in the month, finishing ahead of the reopposing Sunset Kiss, and the Shamardal filly can improve for that experience to get off the mark now.

Saeed bin Suroor’s charge is nicely bred for middle distances, so she may not be seen to best effect until she goes up in trip and she gave the impression in that debut that she would benefit from more of a test so it is perhaps a slight surprise to see her kept to seven furlongs on her second outing.

She could however step up on that debut third, and likely to progress she can open her account here.

1.50 – Pyledriver
2.25 – Raffle Prize
3.00 – Siskin
3.40 – Jazeel
4.15 – Princess Bride
4.50 – Huboor
5.25 – Spanish City


Siskin can win a second Group One with success at Newmarket on Saturday


(3.05) LATHOM (5/1, Bet365) could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet having bounced back from a couple of lesser efforts with a solid third behind Came From The Dark at Haydock recently.

The Compton Place gelding had recaptured his best form following his switch to Paul Midgley, twice finishing runner-up prior to posting a pair of wins at Pontefract and Ayr which includes in soft ground.

The handicapper has eased him 1lb in the weights despite shaping better than the bare result last time, and he remains well-treated on his old form where he has been competitive from higher marks in the past.

He may be worth chancing on the back of that recent better performance to post another solid run, and it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise if he were to get competitive here.

(3.35) A chance is taken that BARON BOLT (9/1, Paddy Power) can come back to the sort of form that saw him share last season’s Ayr Gold Cup, and Paul Cole’s charge could prove tough to beat if he were to run up to that level.

The Kheleyf gelding has been badly out of sorts in all his starts this season, latterly beating only one home behind Emaraaty Ana at Salisbury earlier in the month. However, he ought to appreciate the softer surface he is likely to get here, and he can bounce back with a better run.

He rounded off last season in fine style, winning at Goodwood in August before sharing Ayr’s feature sprint under a penalty when forcing a dead-heat with Son Of Rest for the top honours, and the pair had pulled four lengths clear of the rest.

While he has struggled this season, he features here on a very attractive mark and his last two successes last term came from higher than this rating. He handles soft ground well, and he could take advantage of the handicapper’s clemency to post a better effort.

1.55 – Lampang
2.30 – World Title
3.05 – Lathom
3.35 – Baron Bolt
4.10 – Multellie
4.45 – Gullane One
5.20 – Isabella Brant


(5.50) REDDIAC (5/1, William Hill) has proven consistent in recent starts without winning, but he wasn’t beaten far behind Fair Power when the pair clashed over this course and distance earlier in the month.

Ed Dunlop’s charge was beaten just short of three lengths, running on late but perhaps just being given too much to do. But he is 4lbs better off with the winner now, and that may be enough to tip the scales in favour of the Kodiac gelding who may be able to turn the tables this time around.

A high draw may not be ideal, but he could take advantage of his pull at the weights and no surprise to see him going close.

(6.20) STAR OF SOUTHWOLD (9/2, William Hill) is 3-4 at this venue, scoring his latest success over this course in August when running out a near-two lengths’ winner over Glory Awaits; Michael Appleby’s charge can strike again despite this being a stronger race.

The Le Havre gelding appeared to score a shade readily on that occasion which came over one mile, and he should appreciate the return to further having struck over course and distance in June.

A subsequent 5lbs rise demands more, but he looks to be going the right way and with the potential for further improvement to come he is worth sticking with to deliver another big run here given his record at the track.

5.20 – Vicenzo Coccotti
5.50 – Reddiac
6.20 – Satar Of Southwold
6.50 – Shimmering Dawn
7.20 – Kitaabaat
7.50 – Holy Kingdom
8.20 – Precious Plum