Saturday racing tips: Doncaster, Newbury and Leopardstown
Our tipster reveals five horse racing tips - including three from a Betway-sponsored day at Newbury - to make up a win double and Lucky 31 for Saturday.
We begin at Doncaster, where I like the chances of Nigel Twiston-Davies’ ANOTHER FRONTIER .
The seven-year-old finally got that elusive win over course and distance in February after 15 previous attempts, and has since shown some of his best form.
He was a tidy winner at Uttoxeter in a handicap chase in October but struggled on the same course last time out, finishing a disappointing 17 lengths behind Crosspark.
Despite that, his jumping has improved a lot and he'll have no issues staying 2m 7f, so this looks a tasty price.
The Betway Mandarin Chase is up next where I think Colin Tizzard can add to his recent Welsh Grand National success with SANDY BEACH .
He recorded one of his four victories on this course by an impressive nine lengths two years ago, but has struggled in a few runs after on soft ground at Kempton and Taunton.
Conditions should suit him better on Saturday, and he did secure a solid victory over this distance last time out at Uttoxeter.
Nicely handicapped at 11-4 in this field and with Harry Cobden in the form of his life, I expect him to go close.
Although I think he’s better off going over fences, I’m going to keep faith with SAMCRO to land another big Grade 1 here.
He's had two disappointing outings so far this season, getting beaten by Bedrock at Down Royal before being outclassed by a mightily impressive Buveur D’Air in the Fighting Fifth.
However, there were some factors that went against him last time out. Jack Kennedy never wanted him out in front and the race pretty much fell into his rival's hands.
Having stablemate Tombstone in there will help him over the 2m, and hopefully get the six-year-old back to winning ways and in contention for the Champion Hurdle.
Another Grade 1 up next where I'm backing Nicky Henderson’s CHAMP to complete a four-timer.
He’s won four from a possible six, only suffering narrow defeats to the unbeaten Vindication and Irish Prophecy.
A course-and-distance win last time out over the likes of Speedo Boy, Who’s My Jockey and Barters Hill was his most impressive thus far and has made him favourite for the Ballymore.
He'll have a change of jockey with Barry Geraghty coming on board, but he did ride take the ride on his debut victory, so I’m hoping he can continue that winning trend.
Now for the final Betway-sponsored race of the day, where I think WENYERREADYFREDDIE will complete a hat-trick of victories.
He's another exciting prospect from the Nicky Henderson stable, having earned back-to-back wins at Ascot in November and also finished a respectable 1½ lengths behind Lil Rockerfeller at Uttoxeter in his first outing this season.
I don’t think he’ll have any issues with the step up in distance here and he looks set to continue a good run of form for Henderson and Nico de Boinville.
SAMCRO | CHAMP
ANOTHER FRONTIER | SANDY BEACH | SAMCRO | CHAMP | WENYERREADYFREDDIE
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