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Saturday Horse Racing Tips

It’s King George day at Ascot, whilst York’s feature race is the Sky Bet Dash.

King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes     

With doubts over the participation of Cracksman due to the lack of rain overnight the race looks to be between the Sir Michael Stoute pair of Poet’s Word and CRYSTAL OCEAN. They are both typical Stoute horses as he is a master at improving his best colts as they mature. Provided the race doesn’t turn too tactical then we think Crystal Ocean juts has the stronger credentials, partly because he is also the strongest stayer.

With no guaranteed front runner in the contest it could turn messy and if there is to be a shock then HYDRANGEA would be the one most likely to provide it.  She’ll enjoy the step back up in distance and won well here at the back-end of last season.

Crystal Ocean (win)3.40 Ascot5/2Ladbrokes
Hydrangea (ew)3.40 Ascot18/1Unibet

All odds quoted are subject to change

Porsche Handicap     

There are two massive field handicaps before the big one and we think the in form Clive Cox has a chance to take both.

First up is the Porsche Handicap, where CRACK ON CRACK ON looks to get back to winning ways after blowing his chances at the start in the Britannia last time out. He was strongly fancied that day, so compensation may await here.

One of our tips for the Britannia, George Of Hearts, is a big danger today as he re-opposes our main selection, but his price is less appealing, so at more tempting odds ULSHAW BRIDGE is of interest. It is perhaps telling that James Bethell is sending this horse so far south and a fast run mile could be ideal for him as he looks sure to stay further than 8 furlongs in time.

Also chuck a few quid at the bottom weight, PROTECTED GUEST. This owner / trainer combination have had lots of success in this type of race down the years, so they certainly know what sort of horse is needed and Hayley Turner also rides these tricky races really well.

Crack On Crack On (ew)2.25 Ascot7/1Bet365
Ulshaw Bridge (ew)2.25 Ascot20/1Bet365
Protected Guest (ew)2.25 Ascot66/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Gigaset International Stakes     

The International Stakes is run over a furlong shorter and this time Cox’s LOUIE DE PALMA looks to have a decent chance. Connections have persevered with him after a long absence through injury and that patience seemed to be starting to pay dividends when the horse was second at Windsor last time out. He is well treated based on the best of his two year old form.

The big danger is surely FLAMING SPEAR, who will definitely be winning one of these before the end of the season. The switch to Dean Ivory seems to have improved him based on his comeback in the Hunt Cup and he must have a massive chance of improving on his fifth place that day.

Unsurprisingly, there are dangers everywhere, including Makzeem, Il Primo Sole, Brian the Snail and Sabador, but it is the stablemate of the last named of those runners that should also be backed – ULTIMATE AVENUE. The key factors with him are the return to 7f and of the tongue tie. He’s had two wind operations and connections are apparently hopeful that this latest one has done the trick. There is every chance he’s been laid out for this.

Louie De Palma (ew)3.00 Ascot25/1Bet365
Flaming Spear (ew)3.00 Ascot7/1Bet365
Ultimate Avenue (ew)3.00 Ascot33/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Sky Bet Dash Handicap     

York’s feature race is the Sky Bet Dash and with some rain having finally arrived there is soft in the track’s going description.

We are going to take two against the field here, both of whom have won with give underfoot. They are also drawn on opposite sides, to cover any draw bias.

First up is ENJAZAAT, who looks well treated on his first effort in a handicap, whilst GROWL is also very well in based on the pick of his old form.

Enjazaat (ew)2.40 York8/1Bet365
Growl (ew)2.40 York7/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change