Luke Parkinson is back in the saddle with some Saturday outsiders to add to our ITV tips this weekend.
He wasn’t far off the mark last week with two placed efforts from picks at Thirsk and Uttoxeter, so can he get in the winner’s enclosure this weekend?
There are eight meetings in the UK and Ireland to choose from, so let’s check out his selections from Cartmel, Ffos Las and Goodwood.
Vintager and Elarqam are perhaps the two eye-catching names in the field for the Listed race at Goodwood this Saturday, but in terms of an outsider, Fabricate appears to provide plenty of value.
Her Majesty’s runner was twice a winner last season, most notably the Group 3 Winter Hill at Windsor in August, and has made some bold bids since.
He looked like he needed the run on his return at Kempton in March, but was much better when fourth, a neck behind Extra Exclusive, in a Group Three at Sandown.
He was also course and distance winner here in 2017 and looks worth a bet at the prices.
There is certainly something unique about Cartmel racecourse, but when it comes to the sun shining on a bank holiday weekend, there are few better race meetings to attend.
The whiff of barbeques might be of better quality than the action on the track, but its certainly getting better these days, and that is highlighted by the champion jockey, Richard Johnson, now using Cartmel as a regular hunting ground for winners.
He teams up with Cartmel regular Peter Bowen, who trained 10 winners at the track last season, and the pair won’t be coming for a day out with Rolling Maul in the feature race.
The eleven-year-old landed a hat-trick towards the end of last summer, thanks to wins at Worcester, Perth and then Newcastle.
That has contributed to him receiving a career-high mark of 137, but he did win of 135 during their hat-trick and you wouldn’t put this beyond him, especially with form on the flat, which usually pays dividends with plenty of galloping to do at Cartmel.
Jockey bookings are a regular way of picking out a fancy for the punters, and that could be the case with Sam Twiston-Davies this Saturday.
He’s booked for just one ride, which comes in the Ffos Las bumper at 9:05pm. A funny way to ruin your Saturday evening plans if you’re not expecting to go well.
He gets the leg up on Nightboattoclyro for trainer David Dennis, a horse that was third of four at Ludlow on his racecourse debut in April.
He may well have just banged into a few more experience types that day and is worth another shot if Sam Twiston-Davies’ appeared faith is anything to go by, especially given his jockey has a fairly decent record at Ffos Las with 51 winners from 285 rides.
Don’t forget to also check our best bets for the action, including our NAP of the day, on what promises to be a brilliant day of racing on the flat and over jumps.