Saturday’s jam-packed racing line-up is sure to attract punters and fans from across Britain, in what looks to be a thrilling, but challenging day for those having a flutter.
The wide open renewal of the Betfred Victoria Cup provides a chance of fantastic value for punters, with 28 runners due to feature. Tartiflette is currently 14/1 with William Hill, which seems generous following the way she has ran to victory in her two previous races. She beat two of Saturday’s oposition in her Doncaster win in November, and followed up nicely to win fairly comfortably at Haydock last month. Tartiflette looks a filly in fine form on the up, however Jamesie and Haaf A Sixpence are others who warrant respect and add depth here.
The Buckshound Stakes sets off an hour before the Victoria Cup, with three major contenders set to battle it out for the £20,983 prize. Last year’s Derby runner-up, Main Sequence is likely to lead the betting, following a decent season and he is expected to return better. Previous rivals’ Thomas Chippendale and Ektihaam are the two challengers, both in with a realistic chance. The former ran a modest second behind Al Kazeem on his seasonal reappearance and with that in mind plus the step up in trip; he may have enough to win this.
Lingfield is host to both of the high quality listed events, the Betfred Derby Trial Stakes and the Betfred “The Bonus King” Oaks Trial Stakes.
Greatwood is the red hot favourite to see off his challengers in the Derby Trial Stakes, after he finished a strong second behind Windhoek last time, who is a potential Derby Challenger himself. The step up to 1m 3f should also suit, giving him leading claims in a race with no great intensity. Nevis represents a strong stable over this distance and is bred for the trip, making him next best of the small field.
Secret Gesture leads the betting for the Oaks Trial Stakes following her win in a maiden at Newbury last term. This is quite a step up for the Beckett trained filly, but better ground and a step up in trip are sure to help her improve further. Alta Lilea already has a win to her name over this trip and poses a threat to the favourite if she improves, whilst Miss You Too and Heroine Required represent good value.
The Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle is the feature race of the Haydock meeting and with eighteen runners entered; it shapes up to be a real cracker, representing good value for money. Forgotten Voice is favourite with Paddy Power at 11/2 and trainer Nicky Henderson will be hoping he can add to his 2010 and 2011 successes in this race. Cry Of Freedom represents good value, as do Cape Express, Barizan and Red Inca, all of whom are worthy of an each-way bet.
Darley Sun and Whisky Yankee both warrant respect in the 1.50. Emell represents good value in the 4.05, as does King Of The Night in the following race.
Scatter Dice and Tahaamah both look impressive this term and are worthy of a bet at Ascot in the 2.05, with champion jockey, Richard Hughes’ Westwiththenight a major contender in the 3.15.
Other day-time racing action comes from Hexham, Nottingham and Punchestown, with some decent evening racing available at both Thirsk and Warwick.
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