A busy day of racing action lies ahead on Saturday with seven meetings across Britain and Ireland detailing 49 races in total.
We have three suggestions for the afternoon, including one that might be overpriced to remain unbeaten in the Atalanta Stakes at Sandown.
13:35 Chester – Lord Bertie @ 5/4
The William Haggas-trained Lord Bertie has lots going for him in the opening race this afternoon at Chester.
The Wootton Bassett gelding cost a handsome €500,000 and was within a length of subsequent 2000 Guineas winner Chaldean on debut last summer at Newbury, despite a poor start.
He won a maiden at Ffos Las in August and wasn’t sighted again for a year, stepping up to this mile trip with a romp in a Thirsk novice on soft ground a month ago, where he easily gave weight and a beating to his rivals.
He popped out in front that afternoon and never saw a rival and drawing stall one for this handicap debut at Chester affords him every chance to repeat the dose now.
Both the Haggas team and rider Danny Tudhope are in excellent form of late and their rivals may struggle to reel in Lord Bertie from the front on the Roodee. He is on the Most Napped table via the Betfred Betfinder and is fancied to justify that spot.
14:25 Sandown – Nibras Angel @ 10/1
One of two Group 3 contests at Sandown Park this afternoon is the Atalanta Stakes, a mile contest for Fillies’ and Mares’ aged three and older.
Last year’s winner Potapova goes again for Sir Michael Stoute with Ryan Moore on board, though her recent form is not convincing, while recent Haydock winner Heredia and lightly-raced Coppice are possible contenders for Richard Hannon and the Gosden team respectively.
Perhaps one the market is overlooking is Nibras Angel for trainer Ismail Mohammed.
The well-bred daughter of Harry Angel has won both starts so far at Lingfield (7f, good to firm) and Thirsk (7f, good) and she has done so with plenty to spare. She looks quite a useful prospect in the making and while she is now taking a rise in class, it’s arguable she would not be double-figure odds were she coming from a more fashionable yard. She should have plenty more to offer and is worth putting some faith in to show it on this stage.
14:40 Beverley – Apollo One @ 9/4
The Listed Beverley Bullet Sprint is the feature race of the season at Yorkshire’s East Riding venue and highlights their Saturday afternoon offering.
A field of seven are engaged, the lowest turnout since 2014, and amongst them are former winners Judicial (2019) and Tis Marvellous (2021 & 2022), with the latter going for an unprecedented hat-trick now.
They are respected but are well into the veteran stages now and they face two smart four-year-olds in Silky Wilkie and Apollo One here.
Karl Burke’s Silky Wilkie is likeable but had a tough race less than 48 hours ago in the Racing League at Newcastle and so preference is for Apollo One to notch a well-deserved win.
The 5yoEquiano gelding has looked as good as ever this summer and can count himself unfortunate to have come up dry at Epsom, Ascot and Goodwood in his last three, including runner-up efforts in the Wokingham and the Stewards’ Cup.
He operates on any ground and is already a Listed winner in his career and this race might set up perfectly for him to double his tally in the grade given his current well-being.