Best bets for the horse racing this weekend

It has been a poor week for me thus far, I have had just the two bets, and both finished second! Hopefully I can find a winner or two for the weekend with horse racing on the Flat and over the Sticks to be enjoyed with one of the early Jumps season highlights the Charlie Hall Chase the main event. I am on all bets overnight as I think they may all shrink by the morning.

Best bets for the horse racing at Newmarket

Most of my focus will be at HQ on Saturday with a number of two-year-old races well worth a watch, if not bet in, with the future in mind. There are a couple of bets to be had though.

The mile Racing Welfare Handicap at 3.23 is a tricky affair but there is one in here I have tipped and talked of before that I am taking a chance on. I tipped King Of Conquest on his two starts as a two-year-old and he on on debut over 7f at Sandown on good-soft before finsihing that season with a third at Newbury in a Novice Stakes in which subsequent Irish Derby winner Westover was second. I didn’t get involved on his two starts in Meydan at the start of the year but he is a colt I have kept an eye out for and if right could have too much for this field. He might be the Group horse in a handicap here with improvement likely after just four starts, surely better than his mark of 88, and is certainly worth a punt at the 7-2.

I tipped Dream Of Love when she won on debut just over three-weeks ago here at Newmarket over 7f and she has been backed to make it two from two in the mile British Stallion Studs EBF Montrose Fillies' Stakes at 3.58. As I said earlier this month she is by French Guineas & Derby winner Shamardal out of G.2 1m2f winner Secret Gesture she is a half-sister to three winners. I mentioned she is likely to be all about middle-distances next year but this eight-furlongs should be perfect at this stage. The family is full of winners, grandam Shastye as well as producing Secret Gesture also gave us Japan, Mogul and Sir Issac Newton to name just three. Charlie Appleby said this week “Dream Of Love has progressed since winning her maiden nicely and we are hoping that the step up to a mile will see further improvement.” Get on at 11-4.

I can make a case for both Ottoman Fleet and Royal Fleet as well as Algiers in the Listed National Stud Welcomes Stradivarius James Seymour Stakes so will leave that race alone.

Best bets for the horse racing at Wetherby

It won't surprise anyone that knows me that I am on Bravemansgame for the Grade Two three-mile Bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at 3.35 as he is a favourite of mine that I have been convinced will make it to the very top of the Chase division for some time now. He has a number of G.1 victories to his name over Hurdles and Jumps in Novice company and this year is his time to shine. Part-owner John Dance has been talking of the King George and apparently Paul Nicholls has stated that is the main aim so they clearly agree with me. Talking of more immediate targets such as this weekend the owner added “Paul is confident that he has filled out and strengthened up a little bit more this year, so hopefully we’ll see him at his best and with any luck he’ll pick up one or two more Grade Ones." I am on at the 6-4. In opposition again is Ahoy Senor, the fourth time they have faced each other, with the Lucinda Russell trained seven-year-old actually 2-1 up, both wins at Aintree in their Festival at the end of the season. That said Bravemansgame was over the top when beaten at Aintree in April and destroyed Ahoy Senor at Kempton in the G.1 Kauto Star Novices' Chase when showing his class and I expect him to come out on top here. Lucinda Russell said on Friday “It’s going to be an epic race, I think, and I’m looking forward to it.” me to Lucy.

I am leaving Ascot alone but will be watching to see how Goshen goes over the bigger obstacles in their opener the 2m3f Ascot Underwriting Novices' Limited Handicap Chase.

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