We have to be honest and say that Saturday’s flat-racing action isn’t the best of the season, but all we actually care about is getting a return.

So here are my best each-way plays for a day where we perhaps have quantity rather than quality.


1.40 – Novice Stakes (Chester)

You’d have to expect GABRIALS CENTURION to know far more about his job than when fifth on debut at Hamilton last time.

With plenty of stamina on his dam’s side, he will appreciate the extra furlong of this turning Chester track.

His owner loves to have winners at the Roodee and he hails from a stable that have already had a couple of two year-olds win on their second start this season.

Jockey David Allan has a very impressive 38 per cent strike rate at the course this season, so this juvenile can at least find a place at a big price of .


3.00 – Fillies' Stakes (Sandown)

This Group 3 contest over a mile has been won by some smart types down the years, with a number going on to success at Royal Ascot in subsequent seasons.

Three-year-olds have a great record in the race with eight wins in the last decade, although two of the four-year-olds in the line-up take my eye each-way.

LINCOLN ROCKS hasn’t been out of the first four in all her races throughout this incredibly busy season.

She has to be considered at a likely double-figure price of .

I also like OPAL TIARA  from the Mick Channon stable.

She won a Group 2 at Meydan back in February and if showing even a glimmer of that form could give us a return for an each-way play.


3.15 – Beverley Bulley (Beverley)

The Listed Beverley Bullet will be featured live on ITV4 and will be over in under a minute.

A low draw looks important as eight of the last nine winners came from stalls lower than five.

Rae Guest’s ten-year-old MIRZA hasn’t won a race for nearly a year, but the conditions of this contest look ideal and, providing he still retains a little spark at his relatively ancient – in Flat racing terms – age, then he could go very close at a nice price of .


3.35 – Recall Handicap (Sandown)

I want to take a chance on Paul Cole’s ROTHERWICK  here.

He fits the bill of recent winners of the race and could gain his third victory of the season.

Amazingly, jockey P J McDonald is two from two at Sandown already this season and comes down from Thirsk - where he rode on Friday - to take this one ride.

His ride has yet to win over the 1m 2f that he’ll be tackling here, but that doesn’t tell the full story as he has been placed in eight of his 14 runs over this trip.