Saturday racing tips: Best bets for Sandown and Chester
Our tipster talks you through his top tips for the weekend meetings, with a boosted win double and four Lucky 15 selections.
2.10 – Chester Stakes (Chester)
There's an argument for a fair few of the 12-strong field in this 1m 5f contest, but I’m going to go for Alan King’s WHO DARES WINS.
The five-year-old has tasted success on both jumps and flat with notable victories including the Intermediate Hurdle at Newbury and a big handicap win on this course last year.
He's yet to win this season but achieved decent placed finishes in both the Chester Cup and Ascot Stakes.
Tom Marquand has a good record on board and I think he’s the one to beat at .
2.25 – Group 3 Stakes (Sandown)
Next up is the battle of the two-year-olds, where the market seems to be pointing towards Godolphin’s Masar and John Gosden’s Purser .
But I think CONNECT is a wise bet.
Both his runs have come on this course and he was a very impressive winner here last month – sailing home by six lengths ahead of well-fancied Westerland.
Adam Kirby very rarely disappoints when he teams up with Clive Cox and with the horse proven over 7f, looks a decent price.
3.35 – Recall Handicap (Sandown)
William Haggas’ Across Dubai is the favourite for this very open race with two wins and a second from four runs.
The colt will be tough to beat with more favourable conditions on Saturday, but did finish last in the Gordon Stakes last month on soft ground that didn't really suit.
Instead, I’m going to punt on SILVER GHOST as he searches for a four-timer.
The four-year-old has been in great form this year and has won three on the bounce, including last time out on this course where he powered home by three lengths.
Jockey Charles Bishop also has a perfect record on board having ridden a hat-trick of wins to date.
A course and distance winner in solid form, I think he’s a great price at .
4.30 – 5f Handicap (Chester)
The one I like here is BOUNDSY who has been on a solid run of form (22212).
That one victory came on this course in July over 6f and he was also very unlucky when second at Newcastle last time out.
I’m a big fan of AJ McNamara and he is the man trusted to do the job for Richard Fahey.
His 3lbs claim is a nice advantage against some of this field and I think he’s a decent bet at .
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