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Saturday Horse Racing Tips

The Coral Eclipse is the day’s feature contest and race organisers have sensibly moved its start time to avoid a clash with England’s massive World Cup game with Sweden that kicks off at 3pm.

Coral Challenge     

That also means an early start all round for the ITV cameras, which begin rolling at 12.20pm to take in coverage of the Coral Charge. Of more interest from a betting perspective, however, is the next race – the Coral Challenge – a 15 runner handicap.

Proven course specialists, Via Serendipity and Manson, look solid each way options, but arguably less exposed is TIGRE DU TERRE, who is also well drawn in five. Richard Hannon’s colt showed up nicely in France last time out and should prefer the quicker ground today.

RAISING SAND and SOUTH SEAS have slightly less favourable draws, but they are the other pair to back.

Raising Sand loves these big field handicaps and ran really well to finish seventh in the Royal Hunt Cup last time out. He has shown all of his best form at Ascot and provided he takes to the track he should be involved in the finish here.

South Seas may need better ground, but if he handles the surface he could prove to be a class above these. He won the Solario here as a two year old and has stayed on late from uncompromising positions at Chester on his last two starts. The extra half furlong here will be in his favour.

Tigre Du Terre (ew)12.55 Sandown8/1Bet365
Raising Sand (ew)12.55 Sandown12/1William Hill
South Seas (ew)12.55 Sandown16/1Bet365

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Coral Distaff     

Next is the Coral Distaff, where Desert Diamond and DI FEDE do battle again having clashed recently in the Sandringham. De Fede gets a decent swing in the weights and can reverse the form having also been ridden too aggressively that day. Hopefully, she’ll be delivered late to maximise her finishing kick.

Di Fede (ew)1.30 Sandown9/1Bet365

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The Eclipse itself looks set to go to the aptly named ROARING LION and a best price of 7/4 actually looks decent value given the doubts over many of his rivals. John Gosden is up there with Aiden O’Brien in terms of plotting a career for his star performers and the way this horse ran in The Derby the drop back to a mile and a quarter should suit him perfectly.

With only seven runners now, there is no real each way angle, although it will be interesting to see how Forest Ranger runs. He might be the one for the forecast.

Roaring Lion (win)2.10 Sandown7/4Betfair

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bet365 Old Newton Cup Handicap      

Over at Haydock, the big betting race is the Old Newton Cup and ATKINSON GRIMSHAW looks the value. He is having his second start for Iain Jardine who is an expert at readying one for a big handicap and his prep for this over a slightly shorter trip couldn’t have gone much better.

Favourite, Atty Persse, is an obvious danger, but the other one to back at a slightly more appealing price is GOLDEN WOLF. This horse has been a measure of consistency for Richard Hughes and just failed to see out the trip when runner up over 1m 6f last time out.

Of those at bigger prices, WINGINGIT makes most appeal as she could well be suited by the likely fast run race here. She’s a strong traveller, but will need luck in running.

Betfair are offering 5 places for each-way bets on this race.

Atkinson Grimshaw (ew)1.45 Haydock10/1Betfair
Golden Wolf (ew)1.45 Haydock7/1Betfair
Wingingit (ew)1.45 Haydock16/1Betfair

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bet365 Handicap     

The first televised race from Haydock is another handicap, this time over a mile and three quarters, and any Mark Johnston runner in this sort of contest has to be respected. He has a trio of contenders here and we like MAKING MIRACLES, who is upped in trip after staying on in eye catching fashion at Royal Ascot last time out.

Making Miracles (ew)12.35 Haydock9/2Bet365

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bet365 Lancashire Oaks     

The Lancashire Oaks is the classiest contest on the card at the Merseyside track and this Group 2 contest can go to MRS SIPPY.

David Simcock excels with his fillies and his three year old gets plenty of handy weight allowances. She should also improve for the step up in trip and looks to have God Given to beat.

Mrs Sippy (ew)1.10 Haydock11/2Bet365

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