Saturday’s racing tips and best bets – Back Red Tornado to breeze to Market Rasen success
Brian Healy gives his Saturday horse racing selections and best bets for the day’s racecards across the UK and Ireland.
A busy Saturday sees seven UK and Irish fixtures going to post, including the feature meeting of the day at Newmarket where the competitive Cambridgeshire Handicap is joined by Group One action in the shape of the Cheveley Park Stakes, and also the Middle Park Stakes on a top-quality racecard.
Also racing on Saturday on the level is Ripon, Haydock and Chester; while Hamilton get underway later in the afternoon.
There is also afternoon jumping at Market Rasen; while Navan in Ireland also go over the sticks.
Navan (jumps) – 1.40 – 5.05pm (7 races)
Newmarket (flat) – 1.50 – 5.20pm (7 races)
Market Rasen (jumps) – 2.00 – 5.30pm (7 races)
Ripon (flat) – 2.05 – 5.35pm (7 races)
Haydock (flat – 2.10 – 5.40pm (7 races)
Chester (flat) – 2.30 – 5.25pm (6 races)
Hamilton (flat) – 3.35 – 6.50pm (7 races)
(2.50) This could go the way of MOYLISHA TIM (7/2, Betway) who has to carry top-weight here, but much of the burden is offset by the presence of a good claimer in the saddle in J J Slevin.
The Alkaadhem gelding has shown himself to be a useful hurdler, winning three times last term which included a Grade Three contest at Cork, prior to also finishing runner-up to Falcon Crest in the Monksfield here in November.
Having presumedly been wrong when pulled up in his run at Fairyhouse in the Motor Park Novices’ Hurdle, he was given a break where he returned in July to chase down Marinero at Tipperary prior to a disappointing run at Galway. He can bounce back from that effort dropped in grade , and with his jockey’s claim a plus, he shades the verdict.
1.45 – Rogue Agent
2.15 – Crystal Pearl
2.50 – Moylisha Tim
3.25 – Mill Quest
4.00 – Phil’s Magic
4.35 – Myles Ahead
5.10 – The Rory Story
(2.20) Douglas Macarthur would be a dangerous rival if given a soft lead here, but it could pay to side with Godolphin runner BEST OF DAYS (5/2, Bet365) who is one of two runners in the race for the boys in blue, who also send Bay Of Poets for this contest.
However, Hugo Palmer’s charge gets the vote on account of an impressive debut win at Sandown in July when posting a taking six-lengths defeat of Wahash. That race has produced several winners, albeit at a lesser level, and the Azamour colt stepped up on that debut to go down only by a head behind Syphax in the Acomb Stakes at York last month where he was collared almost on the line by the winner.
He gave the impression there that he would be suited by a stiffer test, and so this additional furlong could well bring out further improvement in him; likely to progress, he can mount a bold bid, and no surprise if he were to return to winning ways in this contest.
(3.30) This could be tactical with no obvious front-runner in the field, and the contest could turn into another shoot-out between Godolphin’s Blue Point, and Richard Hannon’s MEHMAS (5/1, William Hill), with slight preference for the latter.
While Charlie Appleby’s charge was undoubtedly impressive in regaining the winning thread in the Gimcrack at York, beating Mokarris, he had previously been beaten by the Acclamation colt in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood.
Giving the Godolphin runner 3lbs there, Intelligence Cross was further back, and Mehmas arguably failed to see out seven furlongs at the Curragh last time in the National Stakes behind Churchill. The trio meet on level weights now, and dropping back to six furlongs could see Richard Hannon’s charge uphold earlier Goodwood form to return to winning ways.
1.50 – Elas Ruby
2.20 – Best Of Days
2.55 – Roly Poly
3.30 – Mehmas
4.10 – Spark Plug
4.45 – Clef
5.20 – Cornwallville
(2.35) RED TORNADO (11/4, Paddy Power) has gone from strength to strength throughout the summer, winning five on the spin since a promising third on his hurdles debut back in March at Stratford.
Dan Skelton’s charge had looked impressive when landing the hat-trick at Ludlow in May, beating Right Madam by seven lengths; and after another success at Uttoxeter under this rider the Dr Fong gelding stepped up his progression to win the Listed Summer Handicap over course and distance.
He won a shade cosily there from Minellaforleisure, and the race has thrown up three subsequent winers, so there could still be more to come from him. Bridget Andrews’ 5lbs claim helps offset much of the 8lbs rise in the weights, and he should go close to bagging his second hat-trick.
(3.10) VINTAGE VINNIE (5/1, William Hill) didn’t quite take to the larger obstacles last term despite winning on his chase debut at Worcester back in September.
However, to be fair to Rebecca Curtis’ charge, he was set some stiff tests, coming up against the likes of Vicente and Thomas Brown, and taking in the Foxhunters at the Cheltenham Festival.
Pulled up on his final chase start back in April, he was freshened up with a break prior to making a winning return over the smaller obstacles at Worcester earlier in the month, scoring with plenty in hand. He returns to fences here, and if able to build on that success last time reverting to the larger obstacles, he looks weighted to go close in this contest.
2.00 – Nachi Falls
2.35 – Red Tornado
3.10 – Vintage Vinnie
3.45 – Muckle Roe
4.20 – Jelly Monger
4.55 – My Mo
5.30 – Bandsman
(3.15) MALDONADO (10/3, Ladbrokes) looked a useful type in his first two starts, building on a promising debut fourth at Lingfield in July to go close at Newmarket next time.
However, Charlie Appleby’s charge passes up a good opportunity to get off the mark at Beverley in August, beaten into second behind Third Order when sent off as a short-priced favourite. He bounced back from that disappointment though to get of the mark at Epsom earlier this month, beating Akkadian Empire by almost two lengths, and now fitted with first-time cheekpieces the Rio De La Plata colt could take another forward step.
While that Epsom win was arguably not the strongest of form, he looked unsuited by the unique test that that track presents; and this more conventional track may see him produce better. He’s going in the right direction, and no surprise if he were to have more to show.
(5.35) SUNGLIDER (7/4, BetVictor) is given another chance having disappointed on his handicap debut at Musselburgh back in June where he was possibly amiss.
David O’Meara’s charge had previously finished runner-up in both prior starts for the handler at Thirsk and here, having moved from Dermot Weld where he was a fourt-time maiden in Ireland.
However, he showed enough to think that his winning turn will be sooner than later, and returning from a break here, this looks a winnable contest for him to collect.
2.05 – Await The Storm
2.40 – Fleeting Dawn
3.15 – Maldonado
3.50 – Boy In the Bar
4.25 – Discreet Hero
5.00 – Peterhouse
5.35 – Sunglider
(2.45) ROCKSHINE (4/1, Betway) went with plenty of promise on debut at Ascot three weeks ago, finishing fourth behind Flying North despite definite signs of inexperience; and Richard Hannon’s charge can build on that outing to get off the mark here.
The Fastnet Rock filly did some eye-catching late work to finish a never-nearer fourth, beaten four lengths; but she hails from a good family of winners, and likely to progress for that first run he should go close in this contest.
(3.55) WEEKEND OFFENDER (4/1, Paddy Power) looked to need his first run at Hamilton back in May, and the Lope De Vega gelding stepped up on that effort to score at Musselburgh next time with a wide-margin success over Haraz.
Although Kevin Ryan’s charge wasn’t at his best next time at the same venue, he resumed winning ways at Redcar, and he ran better than the result when fourth in a big field at York, racing from a high draw behind Arcanada, beaten four lengths.
He could well bounce back here from the same mark, and no surprise to see him involved in the finish.
2.10 – Rex Bell
2.45 – Rockshine
3.20 – Muhajjal
3.55 – Weekend Offender
4.30 – Bashiba
5.05 – Memories Galore
5.40 – Chocala
(3.40) It could be worth chancing a return to form by GABRIAL THE TIGER (9/1, Coral) who won three times earlier in the season, including twice over course and distance, and Richard Fahey’s charge could well bounce back from a pair of poorer recent efforts back here the last twice.
The Kodiac gelding wasn’t helped by the draw on either of those occasions, but features here out of the number two stall, and with form in rain-softened ground he could prove the answer in a tricky contest.
(4.15) FLOWER OF LOVE (Evens, Ladbrokes) conceded first run to Canonbury last time over this course and distance, but Simon Crisford’s charge can go one better than the head runner-up she finished in that contest.
The Poet’s Voice filly had earlier shaped well on debut at Kempton when beaten behind the smart Honorina, and likely to improve for that outing here last time she can get off the mark at the third attempt.
2.30 – Hathfa
3.05 – Big Lachie
3.40 – Gabrial The Tiger
4.15 – Flower Of Love
4.50 – Sophisticated Heir
5.25 – Pleasure Dome
(4.05) PORTLAND STREET (3/1, Sky Bet) has shown progressive form with every start, building on a solid runner-up effort on his handicap debut at Doncaster behind Laila Honiwillow to register back-to-back wins at Ripon and Carlisle.
He didn’t win either race by far, but there was little wrong with his latest third behind Kenny The Captain back here last time, beaten just over one length.
Bryan Smart’s Dream Ahead gelding could well bounce back to winning form here despite being 3lbs higher, and this stiff uphill finish could well see him in the mix.
(5.50) ECHO OF LIGHTNING (8/1, Ladbrokes) was beaten only a short-head in an amateur riders’ contest at Chester earlier in the month, finishing just ahead of the reopposing Character Onesie; and Brian Ellison’s charge can get back on the scoresheet here.
The Echo Of Light gelding was a winner at that venue off a lower mark in a similar amateur riders; contest in July, and he found only a rejuvenated one too strong last time. These terms should see him confirm form from that race with Richard Fahey’s runner, and a repeat of that Chester effort should see him back in the winners’ enclosure.
3.35 – Cheerful Character
4.05 – Portland Street
4.40 – Courier
5.15 – Golconda Prince
5.50 – Echo Of Lightning
6.20 – Tamayuz Magic
6.50 – Knockamany Bends