Saturday 5 October horse racing tips – O’Meara’s 5/1 chance can regain winning thread at Wolverhampton
Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all of Saturday’s UK and Irish racemeetings.
Six UK and Irish horse racing meetings take place throughout Saturday, with afternoon action on the flat from the cards at Newmarket, Redcar and Ascot.
There is Group One action on the card at Newmarket with the Sun Chariot Stakes taking centre stage; while at Ascot there is Group Three action with the Cumberland Lodge Stakes and the Bengough Stakes both on the agenda.
Meanwhile, at Redcar the Two -year Old Trophy is the feature of the afternoon at the Cleveland venue.
Saturday also sees afternoon jumps racing action at Fontwell, as well as from Gowran Park in Ireland; and completing the day’s line-up is an all-weather racecard at Wolverhampton.
Newmarket (flat) – 1.40 – 5.10pm (7 races)
Gowran Park (jumps) – 1.45 – 5.15pm (7 races)
Redcar (flat) – 2.00 – 5.35pm (7 races)
Fontwell (jumps) – 2.05 – 5.25pm (7 races)
Ascot (flat) – 2.15 – 5.10pm (6 races)
Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 5.30 – 8.30pm (7 races)
(2.15) UNDER THE STARS (7/4, Coral) has been contesting in Group company in recent times, and with her sights considerably eased for this latest outing then James Tate’s charge ought to prove hard to beat.
A dual-winner earlier in the campaign, scoring wins at Ripon and Ascot in the Group Three Princess Margaret Keeneland Stakes, the Night Of Thunder filly hasn’t been disgraced in defeats in Group One and Two company.
Last seen out last weekend, she was beaten only one length into fourth behind Daahyeh in the Group Two Shadwel Rockfel Stakes, and a repeat of that effort ought to be good enough to see her get back on the scoresheet dropped in grade.
Despite this being a big field, she has shown she can handle softer ground and although her odds are likely to be skinny given she is stepping out of Group company she remains open to further improvement and should go well despite this being a competitive contest.
(3.25) Four of the first five home in the recent Matron Stakes all reoppose for this Group One contest, and it may be worth chancing on IRIDESSA (9/2, William Hill) to confirm that Leopardstown form with Hermosa, Laurens and I Can Fly who finished second, fourth and fifth behind Joseph O’Brien’s charge.
The Ruler Of The World filly won the Fillies’ Mile here last October, beating Hermosa; she wasn’t able to confirm form back here in May for the Qipco 1000 Guineas, and she again came up short at the Curragh in the Irish 1000 Guineas before being stepped up in trip to beat the smart Magic Wand in the Pretty Polly Stakes, and she possibly failed to stay the trip when contesting the Irish Oaks.
She won a shade cosily at Leopardstown latest, running down Hermosa inside the last furlong and keeping on strongly to score by almost one length, and a repeat of that effort may be good enough if the soft ground doesn’t prove an inconvenience.
She has been beaten on both occasions when encountering ground worse than good, but quite a few of her rivals also have something to show on his softer ground and with her yard in decent heart at present she could be worth chancing to come out on top.
1.40 – Nearooz
2.15 – Under The Stars
2.50 – Never Alone
3.25 – Iridessa
4.00 – Vatican City
4.35 – Strelka
5.10 – Clerisy
(2.55) DUBAI STATION (12/1, Ladbrokes) can bounce back from his effort behind Threat in the Gimcrack Stakes at York, and Karl Burke’s charge had looked a hugely progressive sort prior to that lesser effort.
A winner at Haydock in June on soft ground, the Brazen Beau colt lost no caste in defeat next time when beaten three lengths into third behind A’Ali in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot; and he filled the same position next time behind Earthlight in the Prix de Cabourg where he was beaten around four lengths.
The form of both of those successes has worked out well, and while he posted a lesser effort at York when last seen, he wasn’t the only one to fail to give his running on the Knavesmire, and he is better than he was able to show on that occasion.
This is competitive and a strong line-up for a Listed prize; but he could appreciate stepping out of Group company and he can bounce back with a better effort than he produced at York latest.
(3.35) BRETON ROCK (10/3, William Hill) isn’t the force of old, and the nine-year old hasn’t won since causing a 50/1 upset in the 2017 Lennox Stakes. However, David Simcock’s charge remains capable of useful form as he showed when crossing the line just two lengths adrift of Sir Dancealot in the recent Park Stakes at Doncaster.
The Bahamian Bounty gelding drops back into Listed company here, having contested largely in Group races thus far this term; and he could take advantage of the slightly easier grade to end his winless streak given he has acted well in heavy ground in the past.
A similiar effort to that which he showed at Doncaster last time out would very much put him in the mix for this prize, and while his powers are on the wane he could still be good enough to get his head in front here.
1.45 – Vega Magic
2.20 – Finniston Farm
2.55 – Dubai Station
3.35 – Breton Rock
4.10 – Breanski
4.45 – Al Erayg
5.20 – Fairy Stories
(2.25) INCLUDED (3/1, Ladbrokes) has shown a decent level of ability over hurdles and fences for Alistair Ralph, winningin the former discipline at Aintree back in May and posting creditable in-the-frame defeats over fences which include finishing third at Newton Abbot in July.
Although the Champs Elysees mare was a shade disappointing latest at Stratford, the trip may have been too sharp and he steps back up in distance here on her first outing for the shrewd Dr Richard Newland operation.
The yard is adept and getting improvement out of their runners, especially first time up, and returning here on the back of a short break, she could be worth chancing to find some improvement for her new yard.
(4.40) Most of this field of runners has something to prove, so BROWN BEAR (2/1, William Hill) gets the verdict where he at least arrives in some sort of form and is a multiple course-winner.
The Yeats gelding has won three times here, and he arrives on the back of a pair of runner-up efforts in both disciplines, latterly finishing six lengths’ second behind Black Anthem over further here in August.
Nick Gifford’s charge does seem to save his best for this venue, and he returns to chasing from the same mark as when chasing home Out For Justice here over fences back in June, and he could be worth chancing under Leighton Aspell to get back on the scoresheet.
1.50 – Luck Of The Legion
2.25 – Included
3.00 – Zubayr
3.30 – Cervaro Mix
4.05 – Minella Beat
4.40 – Brown Bear
5.15 – Shantou Vow
(2.35) With proven form in soft ground to call upon, MORANDO (2/1, Coral) can quickly get back to winning ways at this level having been narrowly denied by Technician in the recent Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury.
Andrew Balding’s charge handles a soft surface well as he showed when demolishing Kew Gardens by eight lengths in the Ormonde Stakes back in May, and subsequent runs can perhaps be forgiven seeing as they came on ground much quicker than he might have liked.
He lost little in defeat at Newbury when last seen, although the winner didn’t do much for the form when disappointing in the St Leger; but he had the reopposing Sextant behind – a winner since – and with conditions again more likely to suit then he looks worth another chance and he can get back on the scoresheet here.
(3.40) The drop back to a sprint trip could see DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT (6/1, Bet365) get back on the scoresheet, and Andrew Balding’s Dream Ahead entire is taken land this Group Three prize.
Well suited by plenty of cut in the ground, he rounded off last term with a Listed win in the mud at Doncaster, and following a disappointing reappearance at Leicester he bounced back to chase home Brando in in a competitive contest at Hamilton in soft ground where he was denied by less than two lengths.
Fourth next time, he was disappointing behind Sir Dancealot in the Lennox Stakes, and again behind Glorious Journey at Newbury when last seen in the Hungerford Stakes. However, he has never fully convinced over seven furlongs, and he could be at his best over sprint trips in the mud and the conditions of this race are very much in his favour so he could post a big run if coming back to his best.
2.00 – Dakota Gold
2.35 – Morando
3.10 – Casanova
3.40 – Donjuan Triumphant
4.15 – Di Fede
4.50 – Celcius
(3.50) The consistent SKY MARSHAL (7/1, Bet365) can get back to winning ways here having hit the crossbar the last twice, and Charles Byrne’s charge can post another big effort.
The Lawman gelding was a winner at Cork back in August, beating Pike Country, and he hasn’t been beaten far in either outing since and latterly found only Line Out too strong by a head at Listowel where he was run down late by the winner.
He has a 3lbs rise in the weights to contend with here, but the application of cheekpieces could elicit some improvement to help offset his rise in the weights and he could reverse form with his last-time conqueror back over three miles.
(4.25) A good renewal of this Grade Two prize, and SHATTERED LOVE (11/4, Bet365) is taken to get back on the scoresheet following a break in the wake of a disappointing run in the Irish Grand National when last seen.
Gordon Elliott’s Yeats mare remains a high-class chaser who won five of her first six starts over fences during the 2017/18 season which includes the JLT Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham, although she was winless last campaign and she pulled up at Fairyhouse when last seen, possibly amiss.
Making her return to action here, she boasts a very good record when fresh and gets weight all round from this field so every chance she can make a winning return to action.
2.05 – Cosmic Horizon
2.40 – Lucky Phil
3.15 – Run Wild Fred
3.50 – Sky Marshal
4.25 – Shattered Love
5.00 – High Sparrow
5.35 – Dallas Des Pictons
(6.00) HERMANDO BELLO (9/4, Coral) got off the mark when switched to a handicap last time out at Kempton, responding well to first-time blinkers and digging deep to hold off Grace Plunkett by a head; Richard Hannon’s charge could follow up here with a repeat and assuming he handles the switch to tapeta.
The Youmzain colt was trying one mile for the first time, and the extra distance seemed to suit as he battled well to the line, and he could have more to offer in this sphere where he has been raised 5lbs in the weights for that success.
However, he has the services of a good 7lbs claimer here which will offset his extra burden, and if the headgear has the same positive effect as last time then every chance he can add to his tally.
(7.30) INTISAAB (5/1, Bet365) isn’t as good as he was, and his losing streak is mounting up; but David O’Meara’s charge could snap his losing streak here, and the Elnadim gelding can get back to winning ways at a venue where he has struck before.
He is used to contesting stronger races than this, and he was far from disgraced last time out when finishing in midfield in the Ayr Gold Cup where he raced from the low numbers. He had earlier finished a close third behind Enjazaat at Doncaster, and easing in grade while being dropped 2lbs could see him getting back on the scoresheet here.
Cieran Fallon’s 3lbs claim takes further weight off his back, and while perhaps the draw isn’t ideal towards the inside he should get a decent pace to aim at so every chance he can go close.
5.30 – Impressionable
6.00 – Hermando Bello
6.30 – Emirates Currency
7.00 – Kahala Queen
7.30 – Intisaab
8.00 – Betsey Trotter
8.30 – All Points West