What are the best bets on Saturday?
It’s a busy day’s racing and what with Royal Ascot just around the corner, it could pay to be selective with your bets. With that in mind, here are my idea of five horses who might just help you turn a profit.
CHESTER STREET (Sandown 2.10) @ 6/1 Betfair
Roger Charlton’s charge was well backed to land a mile handicap at Leicester last time on the back of a promising reappearance fourth at Newmarket, but he could only finish a one-paced third, albeit just a length behind the winner Dubai’s Secret and from a modest draw. Over today’s longer trip he’s worth another chance with his stable in flying form – three winners from the last five runners – and with Ryan Moore booked – he has a near 1-3 strike rate on the stable runners. The presence of John Gosden’s Dommersen (who is respected) means we can back him at a tasty 6/1.
IMPULSIVE AMERICAN (Musselburgh 2.35) @ 3/1 bet365
The ex-French four-year-old is turning into a real money-spinner for his new stable and was winning back-to-back Flat handicaps when comfortably beating the reopposing Andreth over 1m6f at this track seven days ago, having won three times previously over hurdles. The key to him is a proper test of stamina – a trip beyond 2m3f over jumps or 1m3f on the level – and his British record under such conditions now reads 11111 (5-5). Given how well he stayed on last time, he should relish today’s extra two and can shrug off a 7lb rise in the ratings, which is negated by Adam McNamara’s claim. His trainer David Pipe has struck a rich vein of form himself (six winners from his last 15 runners) and the selection is his sole runner this afternoon.
UDONTDODOU (York 3.35) @ 5/1 Betway
Richard Guest’s charge is one of several unexposed three-year-olds in the line-up, but he looks seriously progressive and gets weight from all bar two of his 19 rivals. After showing promise in maiden company last season, he has won both his starts this term by an aggressive nine and a half lengths and his trainer has gone on record as saying he’s the best horse he’s trained. You only have to look at his future entries, which include next week’s Group 3 Jersey Stakes and the Wokingham Handicap, to get an idea of the high regard he is held in, and even after his latest 10 rise he still looks to be one step ahead of the handicapper. While both his wins have come over the minimum, he is considered best over today’s trip and Friday’s rain won’t harm his chances one bit.
EASTON ANGEL (Sandown 3.20) @ 9/4 bet365
No prizes for originality in selecting Michael Dods’ filly but she’s hard to get away from here after winning reappearance at York last month, when she was considered two or three weeks away from being ready by her trainer. After winning her first two juvenile starts, she showed good form at Group 2 level on three occasions and connections are aiming even higher, judging by her entries in next week’s King’s Stand and Commonwealth Cup. The former looks most suitable as she is all about speed and providing there is no significant rain (none forecast) she can prove far too speedy for her eight rivals. Today’s jockey Paul Mulrennan has been on board for all her four wins and clearly knows how to get a good tune out of her. Ornate looks the main danger, though he is strictly held on collateral form through the York second Gracious John.
MONSIEUR JOE (Musselburgh 3.45) each-way @ 18/1 Paddy Power
I’m going to take a chance that three is enough juice in the ground for Paul Midgley’s evergreen nine-year-old as he is definitely better on good no faster than good – that is the current forecast and there are showers around. I fancied him to go well in last weekend’s Dash at Epsom, especially after some rain, but as it turned out he was badly drawn in stall four – the first four home exited from 17, 19, 20 and 18 – and did well to finish tenth given he twice met trouble in running. He’s clearly in great heart at present, never to be underestimated with a sprinter, and his in-form trainer has booked Joe Doyle, whose 3lb claim could make all the difference here. From stall 10, he can decide which side of the track he wants to race on, depending on any bias (usually best to be high over 5f here).