Analysis of the day's liveliest betting heats from around Britain
Connoisseurs of good-quality, meaty handicaps are in for a treat on Saturday, with a plethora of such races – both on the Flat and over jumps – sure to provide some lively betting heats. Richard Birch takes a chronological march through the highlights
corbettsports.com Chester Stakes (Listed) | 1m5½f | 3yo+ | ITV4/RUK
Who Dares Wins steps down in trip following his excellent third to Thomas Hobson in the 2m4f Ascot Stakes in June.
One of only two course winners in a 12-strong field, he faces some useful rivals, including the Mark Johnston-trained three-year-olds Curlew River and Cape Coast, who get in at the bottom of the weights.
“Who Dares Wins has enjoyed a nice break since running such a stormer to finish third in the Ascot Stakes at the royal meeting,” said trainer Alan King.
“He's won around Chester before and also ran a terrific race to finish fourth in the Chester Cup in May, so we've no qualms about the track. He seems in super form and we hope he can again be competitive.”
My Reward, well drawn in stall two, arrives on the back of finishing second to Magic Circle in a strong handicap at York’s Ebor meeting.
corbettsports.com Handicap | 7½f | 3yo+ | ITV4/RUK
Sir Roderic, a winner five times last season, has yet to force his head in front in 2017, but the four-year-old’s handicap mark is slowly beginning to ease and the booking of John Egan takes the eye.
Rod Millman, trainer of Sir Roderic, who is at his best with some give underfoot, said: “He ran a decent race at Newbury last time and I think Chester could suit him as he’s such a handy horse.
“If the ground doesn’t dry out too much he should run pretty well.”
Gabrial, in the ownership of Marwan Koukash, who loves nothing better than having Chester winners, heads the weights. He finished fourth to Bravery in the Lincoln first time out this season.
3.25 Newton Abbot
Bet totequadpot Handicap Hurdle | 2m5½f | 4yo+ | ATR
Seven of the 14 runners proved successful on their most recent start, and this looks a seriously competitive heat with representatives from Paul Nicholls, Philip Hobbs, Alan King, Dan Skelton, Nicky Henderson and Harry Fry in opposition.
It could pay, though, to have a second look at the JP McManus-owned Stamp Your Feet, who progressed nicely last season for Tom George, winning a valuable race at Haydock in April and then finishing fifth in a 25-runner Punchestown event later that month.
Stamp Your Feet failed to make the cut for an intended Galway engagement this summer and now tackles this £36,000 race off joint-bottom weight.
“He missed the cut at Galway so we kept him going for this,” said George. “It’s a step up in distance – so we’re going into unknown territory – but we imagine it will suit him.”
BetBright Recall Handicap | 1m2f | 3yo+ | ITV4/RUK
Thundering Blue, who will be partnered by champion jockey Jim Crowley for the first time since his debut, is finally fulfilling his potential and tackles this highly competitive handicap after victories at Epsom and Newmarket.
He looks the type who could continue progressing for a while yet, and trainer David Menuisier said: “I think Sandown will suit him. He always showed a lot of ability at home last year but lost his form so we gelded him.
“He's won his last two races and all the lights are green at the moment! I've a lot of respect for the opposition, but he has every chance of running a cracking race."
Silver Ghost bids for a four-timer, having rattled off wins at Goodwood, Epsom and Sandown this summer.
4.35 Newton Abbot
Bet totetrifecta Handicap Chase | 2m½f | 4yo+ | ATR
The Richard Newland-trained Theo has won all four starts since joining him from Ireland earlier in the summer.
After landing three handicaps over hurdles at Worcester, Uttoxeter and Newton Abbot, the seven-year-old extended his winning sequence with a smooth Stratford success in a novice handicap chase.
Sam Twiston-Davies, who has partnered Theo to his last four wins, said: “He’s been doing really well this summer and took to fences nicely at Stratford last time. It’s a deeper race this time but he goes there with his confidence sky high.”
BB Foodservice 2-Y-O Series Final | 6f | 2yo | RUK
The Michael Dods-trained Camacho Chief is chasing a hat-trick after fluent wins at Hamilton and Musselburgh, but he may find one of Richard Fahey’s trio his biggest threat in the final of this juvenile series.
Clubbable, the mount of Tony Hamilton, caught the eye on her latest start at Ripon, and Fahey said: “She's a very honest, genuine horse. We know she’ll handle the conditions, which is a positive for her.”
Sinaloa, gelded after his second start, has since finished fifth at Pontefract and second at Hamilton.
The juvenile is rated 73, which looks fair, and his trainer said: “Sinaloa could run well. Track, trip, everything looks right for him. He’s drawn a little on the wing in two, but I won’t be using that as an excuse – yet!”
Quayside, who wears blinkers for the first time, completes the Fahey trio.
“He's a lazy horse at home and the blinkers need to help him here as he has to find a bit of improvement,” said the trainer.
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