A busy day of racing action lies in store across Britain and Ireland with six meetings taking place, including day two of Newmarket’s Future Champions Festival.
The Dewhurst features exciting favourite City Of Troy, while it’s the final day of the season at York. Also on the Flat, they race at Naas and Chelmsford (AW) while National Hunt fares comes from Chepstow and Hexham.
We have three fancies on Saturday, including a sprinter that could be nicely handicapped heading for York.
Saturday 14th October Horse Racing Tips
York 14:25 – King’s Lynn @ 25/1
Newmarket 14:40 – Mr Escobar @ 40/1
Chepstow 15:40 – Final Orders @ 11/2
King’s Lynn – York 14:25 @ 25/1
It’s the final day of the season at York and they have a quality card on the Knavesmire that includes the Sprint Trophy Handicap over six-furlongs with a prize of more than £50k on offer to the winner.
Significantly heads the betting for Julie Camacho, while the likes of Wobwobwob, Montassib and veterans Summerghand and Escobar are in the field.
One that might be overpriced is KING’S LYNN for Andrew Balding and PJ McDonald.
At his best the Cable Bay gelding is a dual winner in Listed company and a Group 2 scorer at Haydock in May 2022.
He’s 0-7 this calendar year but there have been positive efforts in defeat at Chester, Royal Ascot and Doncaster, all on soft ground. Though well held recently at Ascot, he has now dropped to a mark of 99 – his lowest in well over two years – and 6f at York on soft ground could be perfect for him.
This is a Betfred Extra Place Race (five places) and a big effort from King’s Lynn will come as no shock.
Mr Escobar – Newmarket 14:40 @ 40/1
From sprinting at York to the marathon that is the world-famous Cesarewitch Handicap at Newmarket over two-and-a-quarter-miles, a race that starts in one county and finishes in another!
Willie Mullins has made a habit of targeting this race and Ireland’s champion jumps trainer is five-handed in his bid to win for a fourth time in six years.
Cases can be made for all of his contenders, with the likes of Jackfinbar (Rachael Blackmore), M C Muldoon (Danny Tudhope), Lot Of Joy (William Buick) and Zenon (Saffie Osborne) in the mix but maybe MR ESCOBAR and Siobhan Rutledge are some value in this Betfred Super Extra Place Race (six places).
Though yet to win for this trainer, Mr Escobar was backed off the boards for the All-Weather Vase Marathon Handicap over two-miles at Lingfield on Good Friday and, in Ryan Moore’s hands, found himself stuck behind a wall of horses on the inside rail as the race quickly got away on them off the home bend.
He’s run well in two of three start since, notably at the Curragh (1m4f, good to firm) in July and Killarney (1m6f, yielding) in August, with his Galway Festival run in between easy enough to overlook.
He was closely matched with Jesse Evans at Killarney and, though Mr Escobar is on much more favourable terms now, that rival is 9/1 today and the selection is a massive 40/1.
He’s got just 8st 2lb off a mark of 81 here and, in a first-time hood, could still have plenty improvement in him at this marathon trip with Rutledge taking a further 3lb off in the saddle. Improvement is needed but he’s unexposed and might have a say.
Final Orders – Chepstow 15:40 @ 11/2
Irish handler Gavin Cromwell has targeted the John Ayres Memorial Handicap Chase at Chepstow this afternoon with FINAL ORDERS and it could be a savvy bit of placement.
He proved a revelation last season switched to fences, winning five on the bounce from October-February where he pocketed a nice pot at the Dublin Racing Festival.
He’s versatile in regards to trip and often tended to put his rivals under pressure with a bold effort from the front last season, proving himself to be a real lover of jumping.
Some of his rivals in this contest have also been known to go forward in races but they’ll want to bring their A-game if laying up with Final Orders and Keith Donoghue.
Since a short break, wins on the Flat and over hurdles at Bellewstown in July and August have flanked a disappointing run in the Galway Plate – a run easily forgiven. He is a key player and can leave Monmouthshire with a first win on British soil.