Relatively thin gruel is on offer, for racing fans this Saturday. Seymour Biz has already packed his bags for a well-deserved holiday in the sun, but he’s still picked out 4 horses for your Lucky 15 bet and will return very soon. Find all previous UK racing previews in his weekly column: Saturday Horse Racing Tips.
The television cameras visit three different racecourses this week throughout the length and breadth of the country. There is a 1m 6f Listed race race at Chester, which is two spins round the tight turns of the Roodee. It looks like Simon Crisford’s Outbox will be in attendance and he Is surely due a win at last this season after knocking on the door in top class contests. Across the country to East Yorkshire, Beverly holds its big meeting of the year with two televised races, a 10f Handicap and the famous Beverley Bullet a 5f Listed race. Moving south to leafy Surrey for the main meeting of the day there are four races on ITV, two handicaps followed by the Atalanta and Solario Stakes. The latter is a pointer to next year’s classics with the last two previous winners being Too Darn Hot and Masar so it remains to be seen who can emerge from this year’s pack of juveniles. As to value in this week’s main races it is difficult to find due to some small fields in them, however here are my thoughts as to the best available.
Beverley’s first race has a small field and Mark Johnson’s pair seems to have scared off most of the opposition with Dark Vision looking my favourite of the duo. But at 3.15 we have an altogether different proposition with the William Hill Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes with 10 runners. David Griffiths has won this race on the last two occasions with veteran Take Cover and returns to reclaim the crown with Ornate. He is a course and distance winner from June in preparation for this but this front runner has shown little form since running third behind Battaash at the beginning of this month. His trainer ran him the following day over a distance that didn’t suit then he was well beaten again by Battaash at York last week. Tis Marvellous has not been seen since winning at Ascot in July and is the bookies choice here but Clive Cox’s gelding is stepping up in class. Danzeno has had a good season to date with two victories but is another trying to make that step up. Tarboosh on the other hand has had a poor season but after a recent wind operation and a fair run at York is not without a chance. Copper Knight hardly ever runs a bad race and his victory in Listed company at York was an excellent effort over his favourite course in July. So with all these top class sprinters in attendance we are in for a fine contest and with a good draw I give the nod to Paul Midgley’s Tarboosh and I look for him to come off a strong pace here and take the honours.
The first race on the card at Sandown is at 1.50, the Play 4 To Score At Betway Handicap, a 5f sprint. Embour has dodged the Bullet to come here and is saddled with top weight for his trouble but he has always seemed more of a 6f horse to me and may find one or two of these too fast for him. Michael Appleby’s Saaheq is among the favourites here on the strength of his good second last time at Doncaster, he is a course and distance winner but has been unable to win since April. Only Spoofing ran up a three-timer in July for trainer Jedd O’Keefe but would need to improve on his latest run on the all-weather to take this. Behind him that day was Jumira Bridge but that was only by half a length and Robert Cowell’s gelding is coming back to his favourite course where he has won twice, latterly in July before two runs on the all-weather. Daschas from Stuart Williams yard has been running pretty well recently including a win at Windsor and could well run into a place from a low weight.
At 2.25 we have the Betway Heed Your Hunch Handicap over an extended 10f. A very warm favourite here is William Haggas’s Country on the back of his three wins this year at Ripon and Redcar. His latest win was just three weeks ago and he is still low in the handicap but is stepping up here and will meet some stiffer opposition. One of which is Mordin from Simon Crisford’s yard who won in this company at Haydock in April but seems rather high in the weights at present. Sir Michael Stoute has Solid Stone in the lineup, a beaten favourite last time when highly fancied at Yarmouth he has not fulfilled his early promise this year and was second here in July. I like the look of Migration here after his runs at Royal Ascot and the July Cup meeting at Newmarket. He was not disgraced on either occasion and he followed up those good runs by coming here to Sandown at the beginning of this month and beat a good field reasonably easily. I can see no reason why David Menuisier’s classy three-year-old should not follow up that success.
The Betway Atalanta Stakes is at 3.00, a one mile race for fillies and mares. Sir Michael Stoute has the hot favourite here with Jubiloso who started this season with two victories in April and May but has been highly tried since at Ascot and Goodwood and has had to settle for third place on both occasions. Although the bookies have her priced up as though defeat is out of the question, I feel she may be taken on on this stiff track. Richard Fahey is an astute trainer and has placed Exhort here after she won at Pontefract in July, she then went back there later in the month and tried to reprise that victory in a Listed contest but failed by just over two lengths, this Group race may be too hot for her. Lavender’s Blue ran in the Oaks for Amanda Perrett but finished tailed off and has since been under the vet so is best watched on this occasion. John Gosden has a classy filly here in the shape of Duneflower who after a slow start to her campaign in May, she came out in July to win at Doncaster then followed that up two weeks later to win a Listed race at Ascot beating Look Around, who re-opposes here, by three quarters of a length. I expect her to confirm those placings and also to overhaul Stoute’s market leader.
Saturday Lucky 15 Picks
3.15 Beverley. Tarboosh
1.50 Sandown. Jumira Bridge
2.25 Sandown. Migration
3.00 Sandown. Duneflower