Saturday 3 August horse racing tips – Midgley’s 5/2 chance can get back on the scoresheet at Hamilton
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets across all of Saturday’s UK and Irish horse racing meetings.
A busy Saturday of horse racing action is spearheaded by the final day of the Glorious Goodwood Festival, where the Group Two Lillie Langtry Stakes joins the ultra-competitive Stewards’ Cup Handicap as the feature races of the afternoon.
Elsewhere meanwhile, there is afternoon all-weather action on the flat from Chelmsford, as well as further flat meetings on turf from Thirsk, Doncaster and Newmarket on the July Course.
The penultimate day of the Galway Festival also goes to post on Saturday afternoon, and another mixed flat and jumps racing card awaits punters at Ballybrit.
Meanwhile, in the evening there are flat racing fixtures from both Lingfield and Hamilton.
Chelmsford (flat, aw) – 1.40 – 5.40pm (8 races)
Thirsk (flat) – 1.45 – 5.10pm (7 races)
Goodwood (flat) – 1.50 – 5.25pm (7 races)
Newmarket (flat) – 2.05 – 5.35pm (7 races)
Doncaster (flat) – 2.20 – 5.45pm (7 races)
Galway (mixed) – 2.00 – 5.55pm (8 races)
Lingfield (flat) – 4.55 – 8.05pm (7 races)
Hamilton (flat) – 5.50 – 8.50pm (7 races)
(2.10) SWISS PRIDE (5/1, Ladbrokes) already has two wins to his name this term, and Richard Hughes’ charge could make it three for the season turned out quickly following his latest near-miss at Ffos Las on Thursday.
The Swiss Spirit gelding got off the mark for the campaign on his return from a break at Lingfield in March, and he resumed winning ways at Wolverhampton following a couple of lesser efforts when beating Journey Of Life in a claiming race back in June.
Runner-up behind Inspired Thought on Thursday, beaten two lengths, he perhaps wasn’t seen to best effect when pulling too hard, and if those exertions haven’t left a mark then it would be no surprise to see him go one better here.
(3.20) PRINCE OF ROME (3/1, William Hill) has a decent record at this venue, and Richard Hughes’ Lethal Force colt can get back on track following wind surgery.
The three-year old won twice here last autumn, also making the frame on an earlier visit to this venue, although he found the test of the Cornwallis Stakes on his final outing of the campaign too much.
Following a couple of lesser efforts on turf this term, he ran a better race back on the all-weather at Newcastle in June, and subsequent wind surgery and the application of cheekpieces ahead of this assignment could produce some further improvement.
A subsequent winner has since come out of that Newcastle run, and having been eased 1lb in the weights and returning to this track he could well bounce back to winning form.
1.40 – Jovial
2.10 – Swiss Pride
2.45 – Mon Frere
3.20 – Prince Of Rome
3.55 – Motfael
4.30 – Philamundo
5.05 – Bidding War
5.40 – Red Archangel
(2.50) ROUNDHAY PARK (10/3, Paddy Power) has been largely consistent in recent outings, and Nigel Tinkler’s charge can gain some just reward with a return to winning ways.
The Mayson gelding last tasted victory when beating Midsummer Knight at Ripon last June, and he has signalled in recent outings that his turn may not be too far away with in-the-frame efforts in each of his last three starts.
Two lengths’ third latest behind Bossipop, he didn’t aid his cause with a slow start although he ran on well; the runner-up has since filled the frame in a stronger race at Ascot, and first-time cheekpieces deployed now might help him to eke out some further improvement.
Left alone at the weights he could be capable of another big run, and it would be no surprise to see him in the frame once again.
(4.00) STAR SHIELD (7/1, Coral) has won two of his last three starts, and David O’Meara’s charge could be worth chancing to continue his good spell of form with another success.
A Doncaster winner back in June, the Helmet gelding was only narrowly denied under a penalty at Yarmouth next time where he succumbed by a half-length behind Coastline. He subsequently bounced back with a win at Ascot in an apprentices’ contest with a half-length defeat of Masked Identity last month.
The third horse home in that race has won since – albeit in the stewards’ room – and a subsequent 4lbs rise looks workable. While this is a tougher test, he could have further progress to come and he can go close again.
1.45 – Romantic Vision
2.15 – Critical Time
2.50 – Roundhay Park
3.25 – Hajjam
4.00 – Star Shield
4.35 – Power Of States
5.10 – One To Go
(3.00) There likely won’t be a great deal again between Enbihaar and DRAMATIC QUEEN (3/1, Bet365) and narrow preference is for William Haggas’ charge with the score 1-1 between them.
The Kitten’s Joy filly had that rival behind when scoring at York in the Bronte Cup from level weights, but John Gosden’s charge gained some revenge when levelling the score in the Grop Two Lancashire Oaks where the shorter trip might have been more in her favour.
The selection now gets 3lbs from her old adversary, and with this longer trip more in her favour then she can edge ahead here with a return to winning ways over her rival.
(4.50) LAND OF LEGENDS (4/1, Coral) arrives here chasing a hat-trick of wins, having already struck at Kempton and Newmarket this term.
Saeed bin Suroor’s charge appeared to win a shade readily latest when beating Reputation by a half-length, and a subsequent 5lbs rise doesn’t appear an unduly harsh punishment for that success.
With Group Two entries to his name, he is clearly well-regarded as a potentially classy prospect, and while this is a competitive contest in which he finds himself, he is entitled to continue to find improvement and he could go well in a contest where he may prove better than a handicapper in time.
1.50 – Gabrial The Devil
2.25 – Outbox
3.00 – Dramatic Queen
3.40 – Flavius Titus
4.15 – King Of Athens
4.50 – Land Of Legends
5.25 – You’re Hired
(3.35) TIME TUNNEL (9/4, Paddy Power) failed to give Frankie Dettori a winner on his first visit to Killarney, but Dermot Weld’s charge acquitted herself well and can get off the mark at the fourth attempt here.
The Invincible Spirit filly stepped up on his debut seventh to find only Morpho Blue at Leopardstown next time, and a first-time visor helped deliver another small jolt of improvement where he found only Tauran Shaman too strong latest, beaten a half-length.
This looks a decent opportunity for her to get off the mark now, and every chance she can go one better to gain a first win on the board for a yard in decent form.
(4.10) Jessica Harrington has her string in good form, and there was a lot to like about JUSTINIA (5/2, Bet365) first win on her debut at Roscommon last month where she ran out a half-length winner over Potala Palace.
The Holy Roman Emperor subsequently tasted defeat on her next outing at Killarney, but she was beaten less than one length on that occasion behind Lougher and she may just have found that longer trip stretching her.
Back down in trip for this switch to a handicap, a mark of 82 looks workable and indeed lenient, and open to further improvement she could well get back on the scoresheet for her inform yard which has enjoyed a good season with its’ juveniles.
2.00 – Born By The Sea
2.30 – Spades Are Trumps
3.05 – Empire Of The Sun
3.35 – Time Tunnel
4.10 – Justinias
4.45 – Angels
5.20 – Eadbhard
5.55 – Skyace
(2.05) This could go the way of SHAMBOLIC (7/2, William Hill) who can bounce back from a lacklustre outing the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot behind Star Catcher where the softer ground probably didn’t suit the Shamardal filly.
A winner of her first two starts last term, she struggled to get competitive in subsequent Group One starts at Newmarket and Saint-Cloud; but she bounced back from a break on her first start as a three-year old to find on Maqsad too good here in the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes.
John Gosden’s charge subsequently filled the same spot behind Aloe Vera in the Height Of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood, and softer ground upped in class latest possibly caught her out.
Back in Listed company and with a quicker surface for this latest outing, she is forgiven that Ascot outing and it would be no surprise to see her quickly bounce back with a better effort.
(2.40) ROSA DORA (15/2, William Hill) got off the mark at the second attempt when beating Love Love by a neck at Lingfield back in June, and Ralph Beckett’s charge was subsequently far from disgraced on her next outing at this venue in the Listed Empress Stakes where she finished around eight lengths’ fourth behind Summer Romance.
The Camacho filly then made the switch to handicapping, where from a mark of 81 she was denied only by a head behind Oti Ma Boati at Doncaster, run down late having looked set to collect the prize.
That was a Class 4 contest, and this is tougher stepping into a Class 2; but she has only been raised 1lb, and the yard are adept at improving its’ juvenile fillies so there’s a chance of more to come from her.
While this will demand more, she could be worth chancing to find a jolt of improvement, and no surprise to see her firmly in the mix again under title-chasing Oisin Murphy.
2.05 – Shambolic
2.40 – Rosadora
3.15 – Amber Island
3.50 – Ventura Ocean
4.25 – My Reward
5.00 – Clarion
5.35 – Eula Varner
(2.55) GENEVER DRAGON (10/3, Paddy Power) still looked very raw around the edges when failing to build on his debut seventh at Wolverhampton in May, only managing to fill the same position next time at Haydock behind Fred.
Tom Dascombe’s charge was only beaten around three lengths on that occasion however, and there could be a bigger performance to come from the Dragon Pulse colt who can find some improvement on the back of those runs.
His debut run came behind the very exciting Pinatubo, where he was nine lengths adrift, and his latest outing again came behind some decent sorts which includes a next-time winner. He has the potential to do better then than he has been able to show thus far, and no surprise to see him take a forward step.
(4.40) TABDEED (13/8, Bet365) will have to prove he can handle softer ground, but Owen Burrows’ progressive charge could be worth chancing despite the conditions being an unknown quantity.
The Havana Gold colt won three of his four starts last term, only meeting with defeat in the Group Three Jersey Stakes behind Expert Eye; but he quickly bounced back from that defeat following a break to win back at Ascot in the October, beating Aljady, and there may be more to come from him this term.
He won a shade readily that day, and the form stacks up quite well so he could prove a tough nut to crack if continuing his progress this term and if the softer ground doesn’t prove an inconvenience.
2.20 – Skerryvore
2.55 – Genever Dragon
3.30 – Jomrok
4.05 – Buzz
4.40 – Tabdeed
5.15 – Amelia R
5.45 – Timetodock
(5.30) The bare form of WREN‘s (Evens, Ladbrokes) debut success at Kempton in June probably doesn’t amount to a great deal, but Roger Charlton’s charge ought to improve for that experience and she can follow up here.
The Raven’s Pass filly ran out a neck victor over Daily Times on that occasion, keeping on well to score and beat a subsequent winner into third, while the runner-up filled the same spot next time.
Having appeared to do the job a shade readily, she could prove to be a useful prospect as she gains further racing racing experience and she is bred to be a smart sort so could well have more to offer with the potential to further improve on the back of that first run.
(6.35) BAYWATCH (2/1, William Hill) has found considerable improvement for the switch to this yard, winning both starts at Bath and Salisbury, and now chasing a hat-trick of successes Tracey Barfoot-Smith’s charge can land the three-timer if continuing his progress.
The Harbour Watch gelding ran out a three lengths’ victor over Ghepardo latest, where he was running under a penalty having won from out of the weights the time before. He did well to overcome some trouble in running to score a shade readily in the end, and while 10lbs higher again here in the weights he could still have something more to offer.
Given his earlier profile, it may only be a matter of time before his progress stalls and he reverts back to type; but given his improved performances for this yard he looks worth chancing to defy his higher mark.
4.55 – Captain Sedgwick
5.30 – Wren
6.05 – Magical Ride
6.35 – Bay Watch
7.05 – Zamperini
7.35 – Shifting Gold
8.05 – Al Raya
(6.50) With no shortage of pace in this race, it could be worth chancing on CALE LANE (9/2, Bet365) to get back on the scoresheet, and the Mastercraftsman filly can go close here.
Julie Camacho’s charge was a dual-winner for previous handler James Bethell, and she got back on the scoresheet following a couple of solid runs in defeat when beating Hells Babe at Pontefract in July before being far from disgraced in a better race at Newmarket where she was competing from 3lbs out of the weights.
Fifth on that occasion, she finished four lengths’ runner-up at Chester latest behind Arletta Star, and racing off the same mark down in trip she could get back to winning ways here with a repeat of that effort.
(7.20) Despite some uninspiring form figures from recent starts, it could be worth chancing on TARBOOSH (5/2, William Hill) to get back on the scoresheet with conditions in his favour.
The Bahamian Bounty gelding won four times last term which included an end of season victory at Doncaster whenbeating Erissimus Maximus, and although beaten in all four starts this term he has been running better than the bare form figures might suggest.
Having twice finished third, including in a Listed contest at Haydock, he latterly finished eighth at Newcastle before having a wind surgery, and he could do better now with soft conditions very much to his liking.
His last win came off this mark, and he could be worth chancing to make the most of the soft ground to come out on top this time, and on the pick of his form he can go close.
5.50 – One Bite
6.20 – Bedtime Bella
6.50 – Cale Lane
7.20 – Tarboosh
7.50 – Five Helmets
8.20 – Cliff Bay
8.50 – Equidae