Best bets and insight for Newbury and more



Ryan Moore has a good-looking book of seven rides at Newbury on Saturday, including one on the favourite in the big handicap of the day, the London Gold Cup at 15:00.

Ryan says: “This is usually one of the better 3yo handicaps of the season, so hopefully Bay Bridge has something in hand of his mark. I wasn’t on board for his reappearance win at Newcastle but he looked pretty good to me when improving to win there, with the third winning earlier this week as well, and he certainly has the kind of profile you look for in a winner of this race. I’d expect him to go well.”

Newbury, 15:00 – Bay Bridge

Kevin Blake tipped an 11/1 winner at York on Friday in Nymphadora and he’s found some attractive betting opportunities at Newbury on Saturday.

Kevin says: “The one that should and, in my opinion, will end up being favourite is the Andrew Balding-trained Tactical. The son of Toronado won the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot last year and continued his progression throughout the season, finishing fourth in a strong renewal of the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.

“He resumed his progression on his seasonal reappearance in the Free Handicap at Newmarket, overcoming serious trouble in running to pull victory from the fire off a mark of 107. It was a very commendable effort in any number of ways and it has been enhanced since by the performance of those he beat. Most notably, the runner-up Naval Crown went on to finish fourth in the 2000 Guineas when pushing the pace for his better-fancied stable mates.”

Back Tactical to win the 13:50 at Newbury at 3.02/1

After a stunning tipping week at York, Tony Calvin has a brace of tips in the London Gold Cup Handicap at Newbury.

Tony says: “Bay Bridge would be clear favourite in my book as he impressed in a wide-margin win at Newcastle on his return, and the seven-and-a-quarter-length third came out and won a handicap by the thick-end of three lengths off a mark of 75 at Beverley on Tuesday.

“Granted the other three beaten horses in that five-runner race have been beaten since, but two were not disgraced in defeat, and it is hard to escape the conclusion Bay Bridge could be very well handicapped off 90 here.

“He doesn’t boast a lofty pedigree but, being by New Bay, he is bred to be suited by the expected soft ground (on which he ran okay on his debut at Yarmouth), so I think he is a very fair 9/2 chance with the Sportsbook.”

Back Bay Bridge in 15:00 with Betfair Sportsbook at Newbury at 5.59/2

Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday and pick out their 1-2-3…

Timeform say: “Palace Pier is a top-class miler who won the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville last season. He had excuses when disappointing in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on his final outing of the campaign and returned with an impressive win in a Group 2 at Sandown. Timeform’s highest-rated Flat horse in training and should be hard to beat.”

Back Palace Pier @ 1.715/7 to win the Lockinge Stakes

Timeform have gone through the card to bring you their three best bets at Newbury on Saturday.

Timeform say: “Sea Empress has all the credentials to make a top-notch filly and her debut at Newcastle could hardly have been more impressive. She pulled well clear of the remainder with another above-average debutante (who bolted up on her next start) in taking style, and is open to significant improvement now. She will likely prove hard to beat up in class.”

Back Sea Empress in the 16:10 at Newbury

It’s not all about Newbury on Saturday so Timeform have scoured the Doncaster card and come up with a trio of recommended bets for the evening.

Timeform say: “Skyrunner cost 190,000 guineas as a yearling and showed plenty to work on when finishing third in a heavy-ground minor event at Newbury last season. He built on that promise to get off the mark after six months off over seven furlongs at this course three weeks ago, staying on to lead in the final 50 yards despite being carried left. There should be more to come from him and he shouldn’t be bothered by the drop back in trip.”

Skyrunner in the 18:35 at Doncaster