Saturday Meetings Previews & Betting Tips

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Horse racing is back with a bang, boasting a full schedule of races today ahead of Royal Ascot week.

Horse racing at The Curragh, Sandown and Newbury

A hectic Saturday of racing in store with four meetings in Britain and an evening card at the Curragh in Ireland that includes the Irish 1,000 Guineas amongst a trio of group races.

It’s the third and final day of the MansionBet-backed meeting at Newbury, where racing is underway from 12.15pm until 4.45pm.

There are 43 races across the day and remember you can live stream all the action from the UK when logged in to MansionBet.

Our racing tipster has picked out his best bets for Saturday.

Newbury 1.15

Plenty in with chances in this MansionBet Proud To Support British Racing Handicap over a mile and a quarter, with leading jumps trainers Nicky Henderson and Dr Richard Newland represented by interesting contenders in Torolight and Employer respectively; while Edmond Dantes is a possible improver in the hands of Ryan Moore.

One that has already done some improving however is SINGING SHERIFF, the Lawman gelding having made fine strides on the all-weather circuit this winter as he boasted figures of 23122 in just five starts and improved a stone along the way.

Just touched off from a mark of 86 at Wolverhampton in February over 1m1½f, he’s surely going to hold outstanding claims here at odds of 15/2 should he bring that form across to turf from a much-reduced rating in this sphere, while he’s also eased in grade for this assignment.

Sandown 2.40

A competitive renewal of the Listed Scurry Stakes over the minimum journey at Sandown and one that might go the way of Godolphin’s LAZULI at around the 3/1 mark.

He won his first two starts last season at Newmarket and Doncaster (both 6f) before flattening out in the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes at Newmarket when he dropped in distance.

He was gelded over the winter and also underwent a wind operation and appeared to have seen plenty benefit from that when he was second in a handicap at Headquarters last weekend; well backed and understandably finding it tough late on as he was lumping weight to the progressive winner Smokey Bear.

The 5f track here should suit him ideally given he stays the six so well and he’s well worth giving a chance to on his first foray in this grade.

Curragh 7.45

The globe-trotting mare MAGIC WAND has been to Australia, Hong Kong, America and Saudi Arabia since she chased home her high-class stablemate Magical in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown in September.

The Galileo mare has won only three of 21 career starts, but she’s danced with a high calibre of opposition and has been in the frame on 11 further occasions in far stronger company that she meets now.

The dirt track at Riyadh didn’t play to her strengths in February but she’s now back on home soil and with trainer Aidan O’Brien in fine fettle over the last seven days, Seamie Heffernan’s mount seemingly finds a great chance in the Group 2 Lanwades Stud Stakes at the Curragh, where she’s 5/6 fav to oblige.

She has plenty in hand on all known form and should be able to give 3lb and a beating to this sextet.

*All odds correct at time of writing

Enda is a journalist who specialises in horse racing, especially the action in the UK and Ireland, and has shared his racing betting tips on a number of well-known publications and websites over the last 10 years.
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