There is plenty of horse racing to enjoy this Saturday the length and breadth of the country; Newbury hosts three Group races on their card whilst Ayr has a Group Three and, of course, the Ayr Gold Cup Handicap. Elsewhere they race at Newmarket, Catterick, Chelmsford City, and Wolverhampton under the lights tonight.
Charlie Appleby has runners out at Caulfield in Australia and Longchamp in France this Saturday but the only one he runs here in the UK is First Nation in the Dubai Duty Free Handicap at 1.45 over at Newbury. They go over 1m2f and it’s a pretty open looking affair. The gelding has been somewhat frustrating to train I would imagine having only won twice but he has put in some decent runs in defeat and usually at this distance. He was disappointing at York over 1m4f last time but he missed the up, was behind throughout and never looked like getting in a blow so that run can be ignored. At 9-1 he is worth a punt with Adamant having already been declared a non-runner Friday lunchtime taking out one of the dangers.
I am having one punt up at Ayr in the William Hill Supporting The Fight Against Parkinson's Handicap at 2.00 over the mile. Dayking makes his handicap debut following a decent second on slow going over seven on the Polytrack at Kempton last time where he just couldn’t quite catch Maaward – the pair 12 lengths clear of the rest. The colt gets in off a mark of 95 which might underestimate him and a 7-2 I have taken a chance that it does and that he hopefully won’t mind the heavy underfoot conditions.
The Group Thee Dubai International Airport World Trophy Stakes at 3.30 won’t take long over the straight five furlongs at Newbury. I have said a few times in conversation this season the Sioux Nation is going to win a decent prize again sooner rather than later and this just might be it. His last win came in a G.3 at Naas back in May and this is his first tray back at that level since then. His effort in the G.1 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes last time suggests he stills retains more than his fair share of ability and despite 3 lb penalty at 5-1 is the pick for me especially with the yard back in better form than they were in the summer.