Best bets for the horse racing this weekend

The weekend is here and we have plenty of racing on, all being well, though the weather forecast is for plenty of wind and rain through Saturday so it will pay to keep an eye on the going conditions. I am not overly excited by a lot of what is on offer this weekend but there are a couple of bets to be had and a few bob to be won fingers crossed. 

Best bets for the horse racing at Sandown Park 

The Grade One two-mile Unibet Tolworth Novices' Hurdle at 2.25 is the race of the day with three in here that have made encouraging starts to their careers over the sticks and could be anything as the saying goes. On what we have seen Authorised Speed, Tahmuras and Arctic Bresil appear the three to concentrate on. On paper Authorised Speed has easily dealt with his two assignments over hurdles to date, including a course and distance win last month, but truth be told neither were probably the hardest of races to win so it is difficult to gauge what he may be capable of and he did make mistakes in both races. Arctic Bresil was equally impressive in his Cork victory but again probably didn't have to beat to much there in truth. Tahmuras won on hurdles debut in November at Chepstow making every yard and never looking troubled. He stepped up to Listed class at Haydock after that and won easily enough there against more experienced rivals. He looks the better bet of the three to me and I am on at 11-4 overnight. L'astroboy beat Tahmuras in a Ffos Las bumper back in February and won back in Wales on his hurdling debut in November so is one at a bigger price that might get involved. 

Best bet for the horse racing at Meydan on Sunday 

Not actually part of the Dubai World Cup Carnival as such they do race at Meydan on Sunday. The mile Zabeel Trophy Presented by Azizi on the Turf track is the main event at 3.45 and one should be backed. Sovereign Prince has to give them all weight but the son of Dubawi should be able to do so. The four-year-old gelding won out here twice last year, including the Listed Jumeirah Classic over track and trip, before a fair effort when fifth in the G.3 Saudi Derby at Riyadh. Not seen since that run in February he has gone well fresh before and as a lightly raced one might have more to offer this year yet. Hopefully he will be a fair price and as long as not odds-on I will be backing him. 

Best bet for the horse racing at Southwell  on Sunday

The race of the day at Southwell is the two-mile BetUK Over 40,000 Live Streamed Races Conditions Stakes (All-Weather Championships Fast-Track Qualifier) at 2.00. A number of the usual suspects are will be on show but I am taking a chance on one I tipped out in Ireland back in November. The horse in question is Kingswear sent over by Dennis Hogan. HIs run at Dundalk was his first try at the trip and he went okay for a long way before tiring late and fading. That was his first start in 287 days since leaving the yard of Charlie Appleby and as I mentioned then, he is one I thought had quite a future back in 2020. He has won a couple of times on the All-Weather over 1m2f at Wolverhampton and 1m6f at Chelmsford City and after just six-starts the five-year-old might have more to give yet especially after that run having blown away the cobwebs; cheekpieces are on for the first time. Hopefully Dennis Hogan can work his magic with the full-brother of G.2 winner Dartmouth as he is likely to be a fair price and is worth a speculative punt. 

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