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Saturday Horse Racing Tips

Ground conditions will be key at Cheltenham this afternoon and there is some uncertainty as to when the forecast deluge might arrive.

Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Handicap Chase     

Hot favourite for the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup is Rather Be and his chances would definitely be comprised by any softening of the ground, so a safer option might be WAR SOUND, who seems to handle any conditions.

He was a nearly horse last season, but his yard is in much better form now and he won for us on his reappearance at Aintree recently. Hopefully, he can continue his upward curve here, although he needs to prove he handles this track as well as many of his rivals clearly do.

For the second selection it was a toss-up between FULL GLASS and FOXTAIL HILL. Both have very different ground preferences, so if the rain stays away we would side with Foxtail Hill, whilst if it turns genuinely soft Full Glass would be a better option.

Foxtail Hill loves it around here and looked in need of this step back up in trip on his seasonal comeback, whilst Full Glass is only five and open to any amount of improvement once he gets his jumping sorted out.

William Hill are offering 7 places for each-way bets on this race.

War Sound (ew)1.55 Cheltenham10/1William Hill
 Full Glass (ew)1.55 Cheltenham14/1Ladbrokes
 Foxtail Hill (ew)1.55 Cheltenham14/1William Hill

All odds quoted are subject to change

Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle     

The three mile hurdle that follows could turn into a slog if ground conditions worsen and that would suit AYE AYE CHARLIE who seems to have stamina a plenty.  He is a bit of a character, but seems the sort that will run better in better races.

The big danger is ROCKPOINT, who seems to have found his ideal trip after being upped to three miles at Newbury recently. His yard has an excellent record in this sort of race.

Aye Aye Charlie (win)2.30 Cheltenham3/1Bet365
Rockpoint (ew)2.30 Cheltenham6/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Unibet International Hurdle     

There’s a Champion Hurdle trial next in the shape of the International and there are plenty of question marks over most of the runners. With that in mind, the one who looks most likely to run his race is SILVER STREAK, who has been improving with every run for a while now. He was second in the Greatwood here last time out.

Silver Streak (ew)3.05 Cheltenham11/2Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Mares’ Handicap Hurdle      

The action at Prestbury Park closes with a high quality mares handicap hurdle.

The ones to concentrate on are the four at the bottom of the weights and, in the end, we have decided to plump for RATOUTE YUTTY and QUEEN’S MAGIC.

Both should be suited by stepping up in trip and Ratoute Yutty has the first time tie tongue on today to further help her. Queen’s Magic wouldn’t want too much rain, but has run well here before.

Ratoute Yutty (win)3.40 Cheltenham3/1Coral
Queen’s Magic (ew)3.40 Cheltenham18/1Unibet

All odds quoted are subject to change

bet365 Summit Juvenile Hurdle      

Racing at Doncaster survived an early inspection and the ground at the Yorkshire track is even livelier than at Cheltenham. As a result, we have small fields and limited opportunities to find any big price winners.

An exception might be CAPONE, who looks an interesting newcomer in a hot juvenile contest at 2.45pm. Charlie Mann often does well with imports like this and Capone was a decent performer on the level in Germany.

The other outsider, OI THE CLUBB OI’S, is also worth an interest as he ran a Nicky Henderson hotpot close at Newcastle recently.

Capone (ew)2.45 Doncaster28/1Bet365
Oi The Clubb Oi’s (ew)2.45 Doncaster16/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

The best bets in the other two televised races look to be Irish Roe (2.10pm) and Go Conquer (3.20pm).