LAST SATURDAY at Royal Ascot felt a bit better than the Friday with a winner in the last race of the festival and several at bigger prices hitting the frame for an each way return.
I'm hoping to improve on that with some excellent racing in prospect at Newcastle and Newmarket this Saturday as the flat racing season rolls along at an unstoppable pace post-lockdown.
I discuss all seven live ITV races on the Gambla Racing Podcast so if you haven't already given it a listen please do so:
My selections for the seven races are as follows:
The relatively unexposed MUBAKKER is my strong win selection in this. It's a classy race but he looks like he could go from strength to strength and represents good value against some well-known opponents who will have plenty of supporters thus giving us a decent price on Mubakker. Or at least that's the theory.
It's NO BET for me in this one, a six runner handicap with an unbeaten favourite in Boccaccio (running in arguably weak races) coming back from a break and there isn't anything in particular that appears amongst the remainder. Best avoided in my opinion.
I have plumped for COWBOY SOLDIER each way in what is admittedly a tricky handicap. He looks a big each way price to me, running off a low weight with Silvestre De Sousa booked. He drops to a good handicap mark here, and is lightly raced for a 5 year old. The four places each way with Paddy Power and Betfair at 16-1 make him look like good value for me.
LIMATO looks perfectly set up to win first time out this season in this race. He won it last year and I can see him going in again with the opposition not looking particularly worrying for him. I was surprised to see 3-1 available to be honest and expect him to go off a good bit shorter.
It's an other favourite for me in this race with ALOE VERA the selection in a fairly straightforward race. I think it comes down to her against the Andrew Balding trained Look Around who is rated exactly the same but Aloe Vera has loads more potential and can improve past her and maintain her unbeaten record. Anything better than even money looks good value to me.
THUNDEROUS is my selection for this race which like the previous race doesn't look too competitive to me. I'm siding with the unexposed and unbeaten Thunderous on his seasonal reappearance with Ryan Moore booked. Trainer Mark Johnston usually has them ready to go first time out and I can see this lad winning a group race or two this season.
The ‘pitman's derby' is the last race of the day for ITV purposes and it looks quite tough this year. The nickname comes from the days when working men would come out of the pits and head straight for the racing on a Saturday. We've moved on a bit since those days but I still have two selections that will appeal to the working man at 20-1 and 40-1. I have gone for two each way shots against the field at big prices and as always make sure you shop around for the best prices and each way terms.
My first choice is the Ian Williams trained RESHOUN who has won for me before and could spring a surprise her if he is at his best. He remains fairly lightly raced at marathon trips on the flat and I can see him going really well in this.
My alternative choice at a huge price is MUKHA MAGIC who thoroughly enjoyed the stamina test last Saturday at Royal Ascot. If this hasn't come too soon I think he could be a very interesting shout here off a comparatively low weight and I wouldn't fancy laying him at 40-1 with 5 and 6 places available, that's for sure.
Good luck to everyone on an exciting Saturday and here's hoping we can all head back to the racecourses before too long!
16:25 Tipperary - Race: 3
16:50 Chelmsford City - Race: 3
17:00 Tipperary - Race: 4