It’s another manic day of action on Saturday, with a staggering nine meetings on the agenda! Sandown, Hexham, Bath, Downpatrick, Chester, Limerick, York and Leicester all host action and we’ve done all the hard work for you in our horse racing tips.
It’s Saturday, however, and I’m back in the hot seat hunting for some big-priced outsiders. I’ll be focusing on the ITV Racing action, with the main channel playing host to eight races from Chester, York and Sandown. Five handicaps give me plenty of options and you can find all my selections and analysis below.
2.35 York – JCB Handicap
Given his recent form, it’s certainly a punt, but given his price, I’m happy to take the chance on OSTILIO (25-1). At his peak, he’s a seriously talented horse, with his crowning glory being a Group 2 win at Longchamp back in October 2018.
His most recent success came last October, winning the Listed Guisborough at Redcar. His subsequent runs have been disappointing, however, failing to beat a rival in three starts since joining Paul Midgley. He’s raced too keenly on both occasions and on his third start off the layoff, this could be the right time to catch him.
He’s goes into handicaps for the first time since September 2018, where he won at Doncaster off a pound lower. If he can channel some of his best group form on his preferred surface, he’ll surely out-run his odds.
2.50 Sandown – Play Coral ‘Racing-Super-Series’ For Free Handicap
A dual winner for Archie Watson, RHUBARB BIKINI (20-1) has run well without winning for Michael Attwater in 2021. Granted, he’s thrown in some poor efforts, like his most recent start, but two prior near-misses throw him right into the mix.
Subsequent to his stable/seasonal debut, he finished second in a pair of handicaps at Chelmsford. Beaten narrowly on both occasions, today’s switch to the turf could eke out further improvement. Granted, rattling fast ground perhaps won’t be ideal, but he should be able to handle the conditions.
A horse who likes to race prominently, he should be in the prime position under William Carson after the break. He’s not a horse who will be stopping late, given his battling tendencies, and at 20-1, I’m more than happy to side with him to run a mighty race at a track that should suit.
A typically competitive York sprint can go the way of UNCLE JUMBO (22-1). Kevin Ryan’s charge is still very lightly raced after just eight career starts and he hasn’t enjoyed the best of luck in 2021. He’s yet to score this calendar year, though he likely would have at Pontefract three starts back had he been granted a clear run.
Two subsequent starts have seen him outpaced in the closing stages and a big-field handicap at this trip promises to really suit. He was placed in a pair of big-field events as a juvenile, including over course and distance, and that bodes well to his chances.
A mark of 93 remains achievable, especially on rattling fast ground. He ran his best race in 2021 on this surface and another career-best could be on the cards today. First-time cheekpieces are enlisted and if they have the desired effect, he should be right in the shake-up under Shane Gray.