Saturday racing tips: Best bets for Kempton and Lingfield
With money back as a free bet up to £20 in all ITV races if your horse finishes second, our tipster reveals his best Saturday horse racing tips.
We begin with a competitive handicap in the opener at Kempton, where I think ERICK LE ROUGE should make it four wins on the bounce.
A course and distance victory here on Boxing Day was the highlight of his career thus far, when he beat a strong field including Ballyandy and The Sweeney.
He travels like a dream and has Chester Williams’ 7lb claim to help his top weight status, so I would be surprised if he’s beaten here.
Next up we have a renewal of the Grade 2 between BAGS GROOVE and Secret Investor and I think Harry Fry’s star will come out on top again.
He beat his closest rival by nine lengths when the two met last year, but struggled in the Kauto Star on Boxing Day.
The eight-year-old is a solid jumper and has tasted victory on this course, so I think he’s the one to beat.
Across to Lingfield next for the Betway Hever Sprint and I think ENCORE D’OR looks the best bet in a competitive field.
Robert Cowell’s seven-year-old comes into the race in solid form (311-21), having won three of his last six and was beaten in this race by a short head last year.
He's a proven course-and-distance winner and has Luke Morris is the saddle, which only enhances his chances of going one better on Saturday.
This is another tough handicap at Kempton next, but Nick Gifford’s GLEN ROCCO is a solid favourite for me.
He has two wins and three places from eight runs, with his last two being particularly notable.
Finishing just under three lengths behind Glen Forsa on Boxing Day was impressive, considering how easily he beat Kalashnikov and was superb in the Unibet Handicap Chase here in January – destroying the field by 23 lengths.
He’s nicely handicapped at 10-9 and has Leighton Aspell returning in the saddle to hopefully triumph in this Grade 3.
My final tip comes from the all-weather and I fancy OH THIS IS US to claim a first win since September.
Richard Hannon’s six-year-old has had a solid career with victories from Bath, Haydock and Meydan and also a runner-up in the 2017 Betway Lincoln.
He was a decent runner-up to Ostilio in a Group 2 at Lonchamp in October, which sets him up nicely here and should get back to winning ways.
BAGS GROOVE and ENCORE D’OR
ERICK LE ROUGE | BAGS GROOVE | ENCORE D’OR | GLEN ROCCO | OH THIS IS US |
Visit Betway's horse racing betting page.