Saturday Racing Tips: Back King To Be to step up to the throne at Goodwood

Tony has three fancies at Haydock this afternoon
Tony has three fancies at Haydock this afternoon

We have some excellent racing at Goodwood and Haydock live on our screens this afternoon and our resident big-price tipster Tony Calvin has four recommended wagers for you to consider, including two receiving further endorsements following positive midweek mentions...


"So I think there is more to come from him, and the form of his maiden win here earlier in the month was given a boost when the runner-up won a fair Redcar maiden on Monday."

Back King To Be @ 6.86/1 in the 14:55 at Goodwood

Let's cut straight to the chase this week. Noble Silk is worth a few quid at odds of 14.013/1 in the 14:00 at Haydock.

Lucy Wadham has her string in good form - three winners from her last four runners - and hopefully she will have the selection primed for his reappearance.

And as he beat Nearly Caught by two lengths in this race last year, I rather think she will have.

Despite some fair efforts since, he is only 2lb higher today and he ran a good race when second to a progressive horse first time out last season, too, so he can go well when fresh.

I was left with egg on my face after putting up Buonarroti at a big price at York, only to see him trail home last. I will be a touch annoyed if he wins this, but I can't keep the faith after that race, even if he is trading at 80.079/1.

Little Lady Katie looks too big at 25.024/1 in the 14:35 at Haydock.

She rounded off last season with a battling win in a soft ground Newmarket nursery and she shaped as if a return to this trip would help when coming from well off the pace to finish seventh over 7f at York last time.

In fact, watching the video, she wasn't given too hard a race there at all and she has been dropped 1lb for it. She doesn't have the sexy profile of some of these, but she is no 25.024/1 chance in my book after that York run.

I put up Kingsgate Native at 24.023/1 for the Temple Stakes on Wednesday and considering Sole Power and Pretend have come out of the race since, I am surprised to see the veteran still trading as big as 19.018/1 in the 15:45.

If you haven't already played then that is a price worth taking, as he ran a stormer on his reappearance and he has an excellent record in this race, winning it in 2010 and 2013, and being placed in it last year and in 2011.

It will also come as no surprise to those who read my ante-post column earlier in the week, that I expect King To Be to run a big race in the 14:55 at Goodwood and I think 6.86/1 is a very fair price.

I thought connections would have gone for the 1m handicap at Haydock instead of this race because I think that trip will suit him better than this 7f. But the upside is that this looks an easier contest. Other than that, what I said about him on Wednesday pretty much stands.

This course and distance maiden winner did well to finish fifth over 7f at York last week considering he wasn't ideally positioned on the inner throughout there, and he still looked a bit inexperienced and awkward in the closing stages.

So I think there is more to come from him, and the form of his maiden win here earlier in the month was given a boost when the runner-up won a fair Redcar maiden on Monday.

The other two Goodwood races on Channel 4 are seven-runner conditions races, and they don't float my boat.

Over at the Curragh, it is hard to see past impressive Newmarket winner Gleneagles in the Irish 2000 Guineas at 15:20. At odds of 1.412/5 though, it is easy to let him go unbacked. Be lucky.


Recommended Bets

Back Noble Silk @ 14.013/1 in the 14:00 at Haydock
Back Little Lady Katie @ 25.024/1 in the 14:35 at Haydock
Back King To Be @ 6.86/1 in the 14:55 at Goodwood
Back Kingsgate Native @ 19.018/1 in the 15:45 at Haydock


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