We’ve got a massive 17 free tips on a super Saturday’s racing. Newbury stages the Lockinge meeting, whilst racing comes from Newmarket, Thirsk, Navan and Doncaster. Good luck, and make sure you keep an eye out for all of our content throughout the day!
1:50 Newbury – Hawkbill (4/1)
A really strong Group Three contest, and some good prospects are on offer. With soft ground I think it’ll be all about who can deal with the conditions, and should. He was last seen finishing fifth in the Prix Ganay in France, but Hawkbill will be very good on these conditions. He gets the trip, and his Eclipse win proves he should have the class.
2:20 Newbury – Private Matter (5/1)
Another strong chance on the softer going is Private Matter for Richard Fahey and Ryan Moore. He’s got a 3lb penalty to overcome, but the slower ground and potentially slower pace should play to his strengths. The move back to six furlongs is best for him, and he should go well.
2:40 Newmarket – Taamol (3/1)
Sir Michael Stoute’s three-year-old was last seen finishing fourth in a competitive conditions race at Newcastle last month, and drops down a furlong. He looks to play a leading role, is bred well and has won at the track and on similar conditions. He should be a good bet.
2:55 Newbury – Defoe (9/1), Time To Study (7/1) ew
Roger Varian has been waiting for wet ground for Defoe for a while and he’s going to get it today. The three-year-old showed plenty of promise on his seasonal bow, winning on debut and finishing second in a conditions race. The form of that race has worked out well, but he was disappointing when last seen at Newmarket. He may want a longer trip in the future, but he’ll relish the wet conditions.
As an each-way chance Time To Study has to be respected on only his fourth start. He’s won twice, and looks one of the most unexposed in the field here. Read Mark Johnston’s thoughts exclusively on HTF.
2:45 Thirsk – Run To The Hills (6/1)
A classy horse that may well be in with a good chance on return. There’s no doubt he might just need the run, but he’s improving and will undoubtedly improve further in the season. This is a first starting point, and connections are hopeful of a good run. You can find thoughts of part-owner Justin Byrne here.
3:15 Newmarket – Ekhtiyaar (4/1)
A progressive and exciting three-year-old for Roger Varian. He shaped well when winning a maiden at Yarmouth in October. On his seasonal bow he finished second at Doncaster, but possibly needed the run. He should deal with the track, and is expected to go very well.
3:30 Newbury – Galileo Gold (4/1)
Make sure you read our in-depth preview with exclusive thoughts from connections here. This looks a cracking renewel! I really liked Ribchester’s run on Champions Day and I expect him to put up another good performance today. He’s won on soft ground, and can go well again.
Meanwhile Galileo Gold has always ran like a superstar and if he can put his mental issues to bed has to play a leading role. It’s a tough one but I think I’m going to with Galileo Gold!
3:50 Newmarket – Tajaanus (9/2)
One of the nicest bred fillies you may see this year, and one that is a very nice price too. Richard Hannon’s Tajaanus is out of a Cheveley Park and 1000 Guineas winner Natagora and looks to be set for an exciting future. The reports suggest she’s one to do well this season, and should go well first time out.
3:55 Thirsk – Laughton (9/1)
Kevin Ryan told us that Laughton should be followed this season, and this looks a very nice starting point. He wasn’t too far away when fourth at Doncaster on his last start and remains on an attractive mark once again. He should be progressive, and today could be his day.
4:05 Newbury – Kit Marlowe (10/3)
I hope you’ve read Mark Johnston’s thoughts ahead of Newbury, he has two runners in this. This exciting two-year-old ran a stormer at Newmarket, when second over five furlongs. He should appreciate the step up in trip, and will improve from the run.
4:10 Navan – Belgravia (3/1)
A beautifully bred Ballydoyle colt who may shape up to be a classic contender later in the year. He won in very good style to break his maiden and has to be fancied to follow up that success in this listed contest. Haripour can go well for Dermot Weld, he could pick up some place money.
4:40 Newbury – Natavia (9/2)
In a very open race, Roger Charlton’s three-year-old gets the verdict. She’s only raced once, finishing second in a competitive Newmarket maiden. She showed plenty of promise that day, and looked as if the longer trip should help her. The soft going should be fine, and she will win a race soon enough.
5:10 Newbury – El Hayem (7/2), Sinfonietta (13/2) e/w
One that hasn’t lived up fully to promise is El Hayem, and it’s hard not to think he will win a good race at some point. The ground is certainly questionable, but his breeding and ownership puts him as a leading player. His form holds him in good regard, and was slightly unlucky not to win at Chester last time out.
David Menuisier’s Sindonietta ran a stormer when second in the Spring Mile at Doncaster and has to be fancied in this on the soft surface. He’s won on heavy before and is on a decent mark, he’s got to be respected once again.
6:20 Doncaster – Our Man In Havana (4/1)
Tom Dascombe’s two-year-old is bred to do much better than his debut fourth at Lingfield, he may have been a bit green that day and should come on for the experience. The form has worked out pretty well and he has to be expected to progress well, and have a big chance.
7:20 Doncaster – City Of Joy (2/1)
A nice looking three-year-old for Sir Michael Stoute, who made The Notebook when winning at this track earlier in the season. He only won by a short margin and seemed to have a bit more in the tank. There should be much more to come from him, and this looks a good opportunity to gain a second win this season.