Best bets for the All-Weather horse racing Saturday 4th January 2020
Anyone else confused as to what day it is? I really have lost track over the last couple of weeks. Anyhow I am reliably informed it is Friday meaning we are heading into the weekend and Sandown Park takes centre stage in the horse racing world on Saturday it being Unibet Tolworth Hurdle Day. I think that race is too tight to call but will be having a bet or two naturally, in fact, four, all on the All-Weather. Only Hills have priced-up as I write so you might want to wait for BOG in the morning, up to you.
Lingfield has a decent card on the Polytrack starting nice and early at 11.40. I am having three bets at the surety venue. Universal Gleam caught the eye here winning over 1m2f last month and goes over the same track and tip in the Betway Handicap at 12.10. The gelding looked in fine fettle that day and despite a career-best required here off a mark of 93 is fancied to go in again with Hills going 11-4 early.
At 2.50 we have the 1m4f Betway Casino Handicap. Getchagetchagetcha was sent for the snip in October last year and it clearly did his racing chances no harm as he came out and signed off 2019 with a win over the distance at Wolverhampton in December. He looks fairly treated to me off a mark of 101 for this after that performance the 3lb rise looking lenient. The four-year-old looks to have an outstanding chance to get 2020 off to a winning start in this with 7-4 about him doing so available.
I tipped up the Godolphin owned John Gosden trained Finespun when held a nose at Newcastle a couple of weeks back. She runs in the 1m4f Betway Handicap at 3.25. She is now three runs without a win but has been progressing, as you would expect on breeding, and could be thrown in here off an opening handicap mark of 71. The bookies clearly agree with me as she is a shade odds-on first shows at 4-6.
Kempton hosts the twilight meeting and I fancy one there. They face two-mile in the 32Red Handicap at 6.40 and Rainbow Dreamer is the one fancied to outstay the opposition. The seven-year-old is hardly a wet behind the ears debutant but has been going well since reverting back to the flat for Alan King and is two wins from two runs on the All-Weather, including a track and trip win last time. Hollie Doyle takes over in the saddle from boyfriend Tom Marquand and you’d like to think they would have had a chat about how to ride the horse even is Tom is in Australia for a winter stint. 11-4 is the early offer from Hills. Mark Johnston clearly fancies getting Mildenberger to the Marathon Final on Good Friday having tried him in the Newcastle 2m Fast Track Qualifier last month; he is feared.