While there is no significant feature race taking place at any of the seven tracks staging Horse Racing in Britain on Saturday, there is still plenty to entertain fans of the sport, including decent Flat action from the meetings at York and Sandown.
We will provide Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions for two races on the Knavesmire, the 7f JCB Handicap at 2.35pm and at 3.40pm the 6f Pavers Foundation Catherine Memorial Sprint Handicap. At Sandown we will supply a Horse Racing tip for the Listed Coral “Beaten By A Length” Free Bet Scurry Stakes at 2.15pm.
Our Tip for the 2.15pm at Sandown:
Atalis Bay was no match for King’s Stand Stakes leading fancy Winter Power at York last month. But the son of Cable Bay was five lengths and more in front of the opposition in that Listed contest and looks sure to prove a warm order in an effort to go one better in this 5f sprint.
While cases can be made for Warrior Brave, Queens Carriage and Mishal Star, a return to his best juvenile form would give the Michael O’Callaghan-trained Steel Bull a massive chance of opening his account for the season.
The secret to the son of Clodovil could be the ground as the colt’s two poorest efforts came when there was plenty of cut underfoot. The mount of Leigh Roche won his first two starts last season, including the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Beaten less than two lengths when not getting the best of runs in Doncaster’s Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes, Steel Bull failed to show his true form on soft ground at Naas on his reappearance. But with faster conditions almost guaranteed at the Esher track, the Irish raider makes plenty of appeal.
Our Tip for the 2.35pm at York:
Trainer Tim Easterby’s runners are always to be feared on the Knavesmire and it would be no surprise to see his two contenders, Manigordo and Golden Apollo, go well in this 7f Class 2 handicap.
Dazzling Dan and Baashir are another couple who have obvious claims. But this looks a good opportunity for the Richard Fahey-trained National League to win for the first time since September 2019.
Paul Hanagan’s mount went down by half a length to the in-form Danielsflyer at Redcar in April, a race which has worked out really well with the sixth horse Boardman winning his next three starts. One place further back came Little Jo, successful at Thirsk last month, while the horse who finished stone last, Poet’s Dawn, has gone on to win twice at Beverley.
National League’s last run, at Chester, can be overlooked as the gelding missed the break. And the grey is better judged on his previous run, when finishing an excellent seventh in the Newbury Spring Cup.
Our Tip for the 3.40pm at York:
The chances are that at least one potential Group horse is lurking among the 17 three-year-old’s declared for this informative sprint handicap. Many of these showed decent juvenile form, but the winner is likely to come from one of the less exposed contenders.
Irish raider Aikido, the hat-trick-seeking Skyrunner and Chester winner Showalong all make some appeal. But if there is a possible top speedster in the race it could well be Dark Shift, from the Charles Hills stable.
The Dark Angel colt created a big impression when winning on his debut at Goodwood last September, before finishing second on his only other start as a juvenile, at Salisbury. The mount of Daniel Tudhope, an easy winner at Nottingham on his reappearance, will be encountering decent ground for the first time since his debut and is taken to fulfil that initial promise.
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