Get the best bets from Kevin Blake, ambassador insight from Ryan Moore and Paul Nicholls and much more on a busy Saturday of horse racing in the UK and Ireland...
Kevin Blake: "Preference is given to Burning Victory. The five-year-old first came to wider prominence when winning the Triumph Hurdle that is most remembered for the dramatic exit of Goshen..."
It's a busy first Saturday on the season for Paul Nicholls who saddles some big chances among his 11 Chepstow runners, while he also has one going in the Ces at Newmarket...
Paul says: "Magistrato (Chepstow, 13:15) was second on his debut at Auteuil in a decent race. The winner is smart and the third and fifth have both won since. We like everything he has done since joining us and he's a chaser of the future. While he has been settled in his work here he does need to relax at Chepstow as he was quite keen at Auteuil. He jumps well and has a good chance."
Timeform deliver their top three bets of Saturday at Newmarket including their NAP in the second race...
Timeform says: "This looks a good renewal of the Zetland Stakes and Charlie Appleby holds a strong hand with Goldspur and Hafit. The former looked well above average when making a winning debut in a mile novice at Sandown last month, proving very strong at the finish in testing conditions. He is out of a Lancashire Oaks winner, so seems sure to relish this longer trip, and he is fancied to prove too strong for stablemate Hafit, who lost little in defeat behind a smart sort last time."
It's not all about Newmarket on Saturday so Timeform recommend their three best bets for the action at York...
Timeform says: "Bay Bridge had some strong juvenile form last year and has shown much improved form upped to middle distances this season, winning with plenty in hand at Newcastle on return and following up again in grand style on handicap debut at Newbury last time. The handicapper has hit him with a 15 lb rise in the weights for that success, but connections clearly feel he is still feasibly treated, and he can record a hat-trick before moving up in class."
Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore shares insight on his seven rides at Newmarket on Saturday including Glounthaune in the Dewhurst Stakes and hopes for big runs elsewhere on the card.
Ryan says: "Glounthaune (Newmarket, 14:55) is a smart horse by Kodiac. He beat Castle Star on debut at the Curragh back in the spring. Castle Star already had the benefit of a run that day and has franked this form since, finishing second in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes behind Richard Fahey's Perfect Power. The form is very good. We have not seen Glounthaune since his debut win, and it will be very tough going into the Dewhurst with just the one win in a maiden."
In his latest Saturday runners preview Joseph O'Brien runs the rule over his fantastic five in action at Limerick..
Joseph says: "San Andreas (Limerick, 15:25) has gone up a stone on the turf in his last five starts and just picked up one win along the way, so it was good to find this race which looks a good opportunity for him, as he deserves another win this season. He ran a career-best when second in the Sovereign Path Handicap on Irish Champions Weekend and if he repeats that effort, he'll be very tough to beat."
Mark Milligan pens his final Saturday column before switching to Sundays next week, and has a couple of tips at Newmarket and York.
Mark says: "Buzz (Newmarket, 15:35) hasn't yet raced on the flat for Nicky Henderson but was a useful handicapper for Hughie Morrison back in 2019. He's improved markedly over hurdles for Henderson, however, culminating in a good runner-up finish in the Aintree Hurdle in the spring.
"That form suggests Buzz could potentially be very well handicapped on his return to the level, and with Oisin Murphy booked, he looks to have a solid chance if translating his hurdles exploits, particularly with this stamina test sure to suit."
Mark's bet: Back Buzz each-way in 15:35 Newmarket @ 7.513/2
Kevin Blake recommends a couple of bets in the big races at Newmarket on Saturday including Burning Victory to continue Willie Mullins' excellent record in the Cesarewitch.
Kevin says: "On two of his winning occasions, it wasn't anything like Willie Mullins' first string that did the business for him in this race, so not being swayed by apparent pecking orders amongst his six runners may be a prudent approach.
"With that in mind, preference is given to Burning Victory (Newmarket, 15:35). The five-year-old first came to wider prominence when winning the Triumph Hurdle that is most remembered for the dramatic exit of Goshen. Absent for over a year, she has been given a fascinating campaign this summer, winning handicaps on the Flat in France either side of running a big race in the Galway Hurdle considering she jumped poorly."
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