Saturday’s best bets and racing tips – Through-the-card selections for every meeting

Uttoxeter is one of six UK and Irish horse racing fixtures on Saturday.

Uttoxeter is one of six UK and Irish horse racing fixtures on Saturday.

Brian Healy has more free Saturday horse racing tips as he goes through the day’s UK and Irish racecards. He has best bets and selections in every race.

Saturday’s fixture list plays host to the second day of Cheltenham’s Open fixture, where the feature BetVictor Gold Cup headlines the day’s action. Formerly the Paddy Power Gold Cup, the competitive handicap contest will be sure to attract another strong field for one of the biggest betting events of the year.

Elsewhere, there is further jumps racing action from both Wetherby and Uttoxeter, while Naas in Ireland also go over the sticks.

Meanwhile, all-weather racing action comes from Lingfield where there are two Listed contests, as well as from Wolverhampton under the floodlights in the evening.

Lingfield (flat, aw) – 11.45 – 3.45pm (8 races)

Wetherby (jumps) – 12.20 – 3.50pm (7 races)

Naas (jumps) – 12.25 – 3.55pm (7 races)

Uttoxeter (jumps) – 12.30 – 4.00pm (7 races)

Cheltenham (jumps) – 12.40 – 4.05pm (7 races)

Wolverhampton (flat, aw) – 5.45 – 9.15pm (8 races)


(12.15) RITASUN (3/1, Bet365) has to concede weight all round in this contest, but Richard Hannon’s charge is the class act in the race, and the Monsun gelding could prove too good for these rivals if running up to his best.

A dual-winner last term, scoring at Wolverhampton and Southwell, Richard Hannon’s charge hasn’t set the heather alight in a trio of runs this term at Chelmsford and Windsor; but those were much stronger contests than he takes in here dropping markedly in grade, and with Hollie Doyle’s 5lbs claim an added tick in the positive column, he boasts obvious claims of getting back to winning ways.

Castle Harbour can bounce back to winning ways at Lingfield on Saturday.

Castle Harbour can bounce back to winning ways at Lingfield on Saturday.

(1.25) CASTLE HARBOUR (2/1, Bet365) won his first two starts with such authority at Newmarket and York that he was sent off favourite for the Group Three Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot, where he floundered behind Ribchester eventually finishing sixth.

John Gosden’s charge was given a break on the back of that outing, and he looked in need of the return when finishing third to Sovereign Debt at Doncaster last month; that form is strong, and the Kyllachy colt could have more to offer stepping into a handicap for the first time from a workable mark.

While he tries polytrack for the first time, he is thoroughly unexposed after just four career runs and he can get back to winning ways here.

11.45 – Time To Study

12.15 – Ritasun

12.50 – Gracious John

1.25 – Castle Harbour

2.00 – Grendisar

2.35 – Beauden Barrett

3.10 – Outback Princess

3.45 – Rubis


(1.30) BENENDEN (9/2, Bet365) took advantage of a lower rating when scoring at Southwell in June, beating Love The Leader by six lengths; but Michael Scudamore’s charge disappointed back from a four-month absence at Carlisle last month behind Bourne.

It is possible the Moscow Society gelding needed that outing, and he stepped up considerably on that return to go close at Hereford later in the month when finishing just over three lengths’ runner-up behind Some Kinda Lama.

The third has won since, and now raised 2lbs he can remain competitive in this contest; if able to build again on his most recent outing he shouldn’t be far away dropping in grade.

(2.05) WELLS DE LUNE (7/2, Bet365) kept some good company in the first half of the year, scoring at Fontwell in February and resuming winning ways at Warwick in September.

There wasn’t much wrong with his latest third at Carlisle in October, going off too hard for his own good; but this longer trip could suit the Irish Wells gelding and he can resume winning ways if settling better than he did last time.

12.20 – La Bague Au Roi

12.55 – Blue Heron

1.30 – Benenden

2.05 – Wells De Lune

2.40 – Monbeg Charmer

3.15 – Our Thomas

3.50 – Runswick Days


(1.00) MISSY TATA (7/4, Bet365) can enhance her already impressive strike-rate by making it four wins in a row, following successes at Punchestown and Killarney last term, and Limerick on her return last month.

Gordon Elliott’s Astarabad filly was a debut winner at Down Royal last October prior to finding only Rashaan too good next time when contesting a Fairyhouse Grade Three; fourth in the Fred Winter, she has been unbeaten since, and she won with plenty to spare last time in easily despatching her two rivals.

This is tougher, but she is progressive and can win again.

12.25 – Blast Of Koeman

1.00 – Missy Tata

1.35 – Three Wise Men

2.10 – Baltazar D’allier

2.45 – The Shepherd King

3.20 – Shouband

3.55 – Evie Rose

Gordon Elliott's Missy Tata can win at Naas.

Gordon Elliott’s Missy Tata can win at Naas.


(1.40) CROSSPARK (9/1, Bet365) put his point-to-point experience to good use when opening his chase account at Southwell back in May, and Caroline Bailey’s charge can follow up that success.

A winner over hurdles at the same venue last term, the Midnight Legend gelding was impressive in seeing off the smart Keltus in that contest, jumping and travelling well throughout to score by the better part of five lengths at the line.

That rival has won twice since, and while a 10lbs rise in the weights for that success certainly gives him more to do, he probably has more to offer in this sphere and he can win again.

(2.50) NEWTON LAD (3/1, Bet365) was a winner between the flags last term for Kieran Roche, and the Craigsteel gelding has shown ability over hurdles this term, scoring at Hexham in April.

Lucinda Russell’s charge looked sure to get involved in the finish on his chase debut at Ayr in October, outpaced but coming with a strong late run before making a bad mistake at the last fence to finish three lengths’ third behind So Satisfied.

There was twenty lengths and more back to the rest, and Lucinda Russell’s charge is unchanged in the weights for this latest outing; Grant Cockburn’s 3lbs claim could prove a valuable positive, and if building on that experience he can open his chase account here.

12.30 – Kafella

1.05 – Rolling Dylan

1.40 – Crosspark

2.15 – Matchaway

2.50 – Newton Lad

3.25 – Goal

4.00 – Old Harry Rocks


(12.40) In-form Paul Nicholls aims ex-French import Wealth Des Mottes straight into this Grade Two contest on his UK debut, and support for that one would be noteworthy. However, DEFI DU SEUIL (9/4, Bet365) created a huge impression on his hurdles debut at Ffos Las last month, sauntering to a five lengths success over Ochos Rios where the Voix Du Nord gelding never came off the bridle in despatching his five rivals with contemptuous ease.

Formerly trained in France by Emmanuel Clayeux, he was an impressive bumper winner at Lyon-parilly back in April prior to being bought by JP McManus and moved to Philip Hobbs’ yard. Rain won’t be a problem for him, having won in the mud on that occasion prior to scoring on quicker ground at the Welsh venue on debut, and open to considerable improvement he could be the answer in receipt of 7lbs from Nicholls’ prolific winner.

While the form of that Ffos Las win is only ordinary, his performance there suggested he was a horse of real potential given the ease of his success, and no surprise to see him go close in this contest if building on that experience.

Veteran Midnight Prayer can spring a big-priced shock at Cheltenham on Saturday.

Veteran Midnight Prayer can spring a big-priced shock at Cheltenham on Saturday.

(3.00) It could be worth siding with the lightly-raced ALLYSSON MONTERG (7/1, Bet365) who makes his seasonal debut here, but showed good form last term for Richard Hobson.

The Network gelding finished fourth to Blaklion on his debut in a Haydock bumper, but he made the frame the next twice – including here behind Champers On Ice – prior to striking at Leicester in February.

He beat the useful Potters Legend by nine lengths on that occasion, and he stepped up considerably on that run when sent to the Cheltenham Festival and the Albert Bartlett where he finished sixth behind Unowhatimeanharry.

Although he finished some twenty lengths behind, he had the likes of Gangster, Bleu Et Rouge and Shantou Village all in his wake, and he could be well-treated on his handicap debut off this opening mark of 138.

With the potential for better, he can be competitive in a wide-open contest if fit to go on his first outing of the season, and he looks capable of mounting a bold bid.

12.40 – Defi Du Seuil

1.15 – Thistlecrack

1.50 – Midnight Prayer

2.25 – Double Shuffle

3.00 – Allysson Monterg

3.35 – Black Corton

4.05 – Queen Odessa


(6.15) GORGEOUS NOORA (11/8, Bet365) shaped with some promise on her debut at Chelmsford last month, finishing third of twelve runners behind Really Special where she was beaten just over three lengths.

Luca Cumani’s Raven’s Pass filly was denied a clear run two furlongs out, but she finished well once in the clear and the experience won’t have been lost on her; the winner and fourth horses home have both since franked the form with subsequent successes, and with the potential for improvement she can get off the mark.

Richard Fahey can saddle a winner on Wolverhampton's evening racecard.

Richard Fahey can saddle a winner on Wolverhampton’s evening racecard.

(7.15) ROYAL COSMIC (7/1, Bet365) has been running better than her bare results would suggest, and Richard Fahey’s charge could get off the mark here.

The Wootton Bassett filly was beaten only two lengths at Newcastle two starts ago behind Ronnie The Rooster, and she found herself further back than ideal and not able to challenge when a shade disappointing at Leicester last time out.

This longer trip could be the answer, and dropped 1lb in the weights she can post a big effort to score.

5.45 – Reckless Serenade

6.15 – Gorgeous Noora

6.45 – Vantage Point

7.15 – Royal Cosmic

7.45 – Just For You

8.15 – Secret Lightning

8.45 – Spirit Of Gondree

9.15 – Red Stripes