The Weekend Wager: Tips from Newbury, Newmarket and Ripon this Saturday

Find horse racing tips for Newbury, Newmarket and Ripon this weekend...
Find horse racing tips for Newbury, Newmarket and Ripon this weekend...

Fresh from bagging a 4/1 winner (Cold Stare at Haydock) in last week's Weekend Wager, it's now time to turn our attentions to Saturday's action, and we head to Newbury, Newmarket and Ripon for this week's best bets...

14:35 Newmarket - MansionBet Beaten By A Head Grey Horse Handicap

There's a unique contest taking place at Newmarket on Saturday with the Grey Horse Handicap taking centre stage at 14:35, and it looks to be a really trappy betting heat for punters to work out. Fresh from a Shergar Cup victory, Mitrosonfire is quickly turned out to try and bag back-to-back wins, but the one that catches the eye is the Jedd O'Keeffe-trained Devil's Angel, who also lines up on the back of a success last time out.

That victory came in the middle of July at Newmarket, so a return to Flat HQ should see him perform admirably once again. He's been upped 3lb for that victory to a mark of 77, so he will need to defy that rise, but the manner in which he battled to victory that day suggested that there could be more to come and with five wins on his CV already then he could be a really solid punting option.

He was a winner on good to firm ground last month, and ground conditions could be very similar in Saturday's event if the rain stays away, so everything is set fair for a crack at glory once again, and while previous winners Case Key and George Bowen warrant respect, it's Devil's Angel that makes most appeal heading into the 6f contest.

14:35 Newmarket - MansionBet Beaten By A Head Grey Horse Handicap
Devil's Angel silk

Devil's Angel


14:55 Newbury - BetVictor Handicap

Clive Cox's Aratus has been hugely progressive during the early stages of his career, and the in-form three-year-old can make it three wins on the bounce on Saturday by outclassing his rivals in the BetVictor Handicap, which takes place at 14:55 at Newbury. Last seen bounding to a mightily-impressive seven-and-a-half length success at Doncaster in a novice stakes, the son of Free Eagle will now venture into the handicap sphere for this event, and off a mark of 94 he looks to have a terrific chance of maintaining his winning run.

It may have been a relatively mediocre contest on Town Moor last month, but the manner in which Aratus sauntered to victory suggests that he could be a really smart performer, and with him still lightly raced with only three runs on his CV then Cox is likely to improve him significantly over the coming seasons.

He raced keenly at Doncaster, so he will need to try and settle better in what is a much tougher contest. The likes of the hat-trick-seeking Sunset Bay and the top-weighted Magical Wish will be notable adversaries to Cox's charge, but Aratus is the one with plenty of scope to become a horse rated in the 100s, and this can be another stepping stone up the ladder.

14:55 Newbury - BetVictor Handicap
Aratus silk



15:30 Newbury - BetVictor Hungerford Stakes

It may not be one of the better renewals of the Hungerford Stakes in recent times at Newbury on Saturday, but it's a competitive looking betting heat for punters to get stuck into, and the trio of Al Suhail, Danyah and Motakhayyel are heading the betting, at the time of writing. Of that trio it's Danyah that makes most appeal, as he was last seen winning the International Stakes at Ascot in impressive fashion, and will now venture into Group company to try and make it two wins on the bounce.

However, the selection sits further down the odds and it's the William Haggas-trained Sacred, who was last seen finishing in mid-division in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, and she's looking to bounce back from that effort by scoring in this Group 2 event. Prior to that Classic outing she had been an impressive winner of the Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket, which booked her place in the Guineas, but she just failed to land any sort of blow on Mother Earth, who won the three-year-old event.

One of five three-year-olds in the line-up, Sacred will not only benefit from the age allowance, but being a filly she will also get a notable pull for that, so off an eye-catching racing weight of 8st 11lbs she could well be a major contender, if recapturing her Nell Gwyn form. This will offer a tough test for her, but she showed when winning the Nell Gwyn that she is capable of starring on the big occasion, and around the 8/1 mark she looks an excellent value play.

15:30 Newbury - BetVictor Hungerford Stakes
Sacred silk



15:45 Ripon - William Hill Great St Wilfrid Handicap

Tim Easterby's Staxton will look to emulate David O'Meara's Pepper Lane by winning back-to-back renewals of the Great St Wilfrid Handicap at Ripon on Saturday, and last year's hero is one of the prominent figures at the head of the betting. Lining up off a 1lb higher mark there's no doubting Staxton has to be on the shortlist, but it could be another Easterby-trained raider that reigns supreme in the 6f contest at 15:45.

Lampang has a course and distance win on his CV from his juvenile days, and he has shown throughout his career that he has the capabilities of striking in this sort of event, and he makes more appeal from the Easterby yard. A winner of a tough Hamilton handicap off a mark of 100 back in June, the four-year-old has failed to figure in two tough handicaps, as he was well beaten in both the Wokingham Stakes and Stewards' Cup. But, sandwiched in between those two runs he was a superb second to Danzeno at Hamilton Park in a conditions stakes, and a repeat of that effort should see him on the vicinity.

He may have been beaten by the draw in both the Wokingham and Stewards' Cup, and he takes his chance off 103 in the Great St Wilfrid, so he has the capabilities of playing a major role. Available at double-figured odds, Lampang is worth taking a chance on, as he is a classy performer on his day, and if he can hold a prominent position from the outset then he could well outclass his rivals in the closing stages.

15:45 Ripon - William Hill Great St Wilfrid Handicap
Lampang silk


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