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Saturday Horse Racing Tips

Flat racing returns to our screens this afternoon with the first turf racing of the season taking place at Doncaster.

Unibet Lincoln     

The feature race is the Lincoln at 3.35pm where a massive field of 22 runners will head to post.

Picking the winner will be a real challenge as fitness and form have to be taken on trust for many of the leading contenders as they will be having their first outings since last summer.

We made no secret of our admiration for David Elsworth during last summer and we think he can kick off this campaign in the best possible fashion courtesy of RIP ORF. This horse ran consistently well in big handicaps all last year and can improve again now stepped back up to a mile. Expect him to be delivered late by the excellent Hayley Turner.

Another trainer whose runners always have to be respected is David O’Meara, who does especially well with horses he acquires from other yards. That brings HUMBERT into the frame, who moved to the Irish handler from Hugo Palmer during the close season. He was only beaten a neck in the Spring Mile here this time last year to prove his liking for trip and track.

Of the outsiders, we like the classy ANOTHER BATT who may have a fitness edge after a series of good efforts in Meydan in recent months. Again, he might improve for tackling an extra furlong here.

Sponsors Unibet are offering 7 places for each-way bets on this race.

Rif Orf (ew)3.35 Doncaster12/1Unibet
Humbert (ew)3.35 Doncaster12/1Unibet
 Another Batt (ew)3.35 Doncaster40/1William Hill

All odds quoted are subject to change

Unibet Cammidge Trophy Stakes      

The first race of the season is the Cammidge Trophy over six furlongs where ARBALET looks the one to beat. He was collared in the closing stages over 7 furlongs on a couple of occasions last season, so the drop back to 6f should be ideal for him.

The main danger could be MOKARRIS who is on the comeback trail after a smart two year old campaign. He ran well on his return from injury at Lingfield recently and can improve with that effort under his belt.

Arbalet (ew)1.50 Doncaster6/1Bet365
 Mokarris (ew)1.50 Doncaster7/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Unibet Spring Mile Handicap     

Next is this year’s renewal of the Spring Mile, where AL JELLABY looks worth an interest. Clive Cox’s gelding has run well here before, which is an obvious plus, and is another who is fit from the all-weather. He has run well on good to firm and won on good to soft before, so the ground should be perfect.

Al Jellaby (ew)2.25 Doncaster8/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Rosebery Handicap     

Kempton’s big race on the all-weather is the Rosebery Handicap, where another big field goes to post. The two we like here are DESERT WIND and MANJAAM.

Desert Wind has looked ready to step back up in trip on his last two starts and appears well treated on the form he showed when beating Caspar The Cub at Wolverhampton last February.

Manjaam represents another trainer we like to follow, Ian Williams. He is having his first start for the man who is just about the best dual purpose trainer around and is now 1lb lower than his last winning mark for Ed Dunlop (for whom he won five times).

Desert Wind (ew)3.15 Kempton13/2Bet365
 Manjaam (ew)3.15 Kempton33/1BetVictor

All odds quoted are subject to change