Saturday’s racing tips – 6/4 NAP should Encounter little problems in Newbury’s Legacy Cup

Desert Encounter (right) winning the 2017 renewal of the Legacy Cup at Newbury.

Desert Encounter (right) winning the 2017 renewal of the Legacy Cup at Newbury.

Our expert takes a look through all of Saturday’s televised races and selects a strong contender in the Legacy Cup at Newbury as his NAP of the day with Unibet.

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2:20pm Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup Stakes (Group 3) 1m3f

Wadilsafa was a horse I was keen to follow heading into the new season, but Owen Burrow’s charge has been bitterly disappointing and didn’t stay a mile-and-a-quarter on heavy ground at Haydock last time out. Pivoine won a high-quality handicap at York earlier in the season, but hasn’t been able to contend in any of the three pattern races he’s entered this season and his current odds suggest this challenge is beyond him.

Pondus and Waldstern are both talented three-year-olds capable of improvement. Despite Waldstern winning very nicely on his last start, I feel Pondus has more progression left in his tank and I would favour him out of the two. That being said, you could see this being a rather messy race, with no obvious pacesetter in the field and that should play right into the hands of DESERT ENCOUNTER.

He may have reached the ripe old age of seven, but Desert Encounter still retains all of his old ability. In fact, this has been his most successful season on British soil, securing two Group Three wins on his two most recent starts at Goodwood and Windsor. David Simcock’s stable star stayed on from the rear to win a muddling renewal of the Glorious Stakes, before picking off the valiant Matterhorn to win the Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor.

Desert Encounter won this race in 2017 and ran an excellent race, considering the ground had gone against him, to place third behind Young Rascal in last year’s renewal. Jamie Spencer will allow his younger rivals to fight between themselves to see who will cut out the running, before striking late in the day to recapture the crown he relinquished 12 months ago. 6/4 could look an excellent price once the punters have piled on tomorrow.