Betfair Weekend Racing Tips: Three horses to back at big prices on Saturday

Two of Tony's selections run at Ascot on Saturday

Tipster extraordinaire Tony Calvin is back and hoping to continue the sort of form that's seen him in profit to the tune of 64 points since the start of his column in April. Here he selects three horses, two at Ascot and one at York, that he likes the looks of...

"Webbow really caught my eye at Haydock last time, being settled in rear before ranging up on the outside 2f out and looking as if though he was going to take a hand in the finish."

The Betfair-sponsored King George obviously takes centre stage at 15:50 on Saturday, but I don't have a real betting view on the race.
 
There will be those who believe that Cirrus Des Aigles' overall form of the past two seasons entitle him to be odds-on, and they are probably right on that score. 
 
Then again, no-one is going to tell me he is "unloading material" at around 2.77/4 in the Betfair market after a pretty lifeless reappearance effort. 
 
So I am happy to give him a swerve. As I am Wind Fire in the opener at 14:05 at a similar price, even though his Norfolk third makes him much the likeliest winner.
 
No, I think Loving Spirit is the best value on the Ascot card in the 15:15. 
 
Back him at odds of 17.016/1 or better.
 
He has run two excellent races in valuable, big field, handicaps over course and distance on his last two starts, being beaten under 3 lengths when sixth in the Buckingham Palace Stakes at the Royal meeting and under 5 lengths when 8th in the Victoria Cup in May when not getting the run of the race.
 
So he comes here in good form. 
 
And the added positive about supporting him is that he is equally at home on soft ground, should the forecast rain arrive. In fact, arguably his best effort came when just touched off by Jack Dexter over 7f here in the soft last October, as the winner was on a roll at the time - he recorded his hat-trick on his next start - and has progressed to win in Group 3 company since.
 
And the icing on the cake is that talented 5lb claimer Robert Tart - yes, I know, sorry - takes the ride.
 
If Fehaydi had come here straight from his seventh in the Britannia - he may have finished behind four of Saturday's rivals that day, but he got no sort of a run and was a massive eye-catcher staying on powerfully in the closing stages - then he would probably be disputing favouritism in the 14:40. 
 
Back him at 13.012/1 or better. Go and take a look at the video of the Royal Ascot race, and I think you may just be following me in. 
 
The problem is that he was beaten at odds-on at Chepstow last time. He was undoubtedly very disappointing there but the five-runner race never played to his strengths that day, and I am happy to give him the benefit of the doubt. I am convinced he has a good prize in him off a mark of 92.
 
The excellent Graham Lee takes the ride and he owes us - and trainer William Haggas - one after not giving Stencive one of his better rides when just touched off in the John Smith's Cup at York last time. 
 
Over at York, I think I may just have dug one out in the shape of Webbow in the 14:20.
 
He looks set to be one of the outsiders and I will be looking him at back him at 21.020/1 or bigger.
 
He really caught my eye at Haydock last time, being settled in rear before ranging up on the outside 2f out and looking as if though he was going to take a hand in the finish. 
 
As it transpired, his run petered out soon after, which perhaps wasn't surprising given that was his first start since February. 
 
Hopefully, that run will have brought him on a deal and he will be ridden closer to the pace, as he has shown some of his best form when making all or sitting close to the lead in the past, which he wasn't asked to do at Haydock.
 
He has gone well here in the past, and now finds himself on a mark of 92 - the handicapper has dropped him 2lb from Haydock - and that could be pretty lenient. He was going close off higher marks on the all-weather at the turn of the year.
 
He is ridden by 7lb claimer Jacob Butterfield, who banged in a double a Redcar last Sunday, and I think Webbow is a very interesting proposition here at a big price.

Recommended Bets

Back Loving Spirit in the 15:15 at Ascot at 19.018/1
Back Fehaydi in the 14:40 at Ascot at 13.012/1 or better
Back Webbow in the 14:20 at York at 21.020/1 or bigger

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