There are seven quality races televised by Channel 4 on Saturday, a blend of jump and Flat action, and the most valuable contest of the day is the totescoop6 The Millionaire Maker Handicap Chase (3.15) at Haydock.
It’s a highly competitive event and very few can be ruled out with any great confidence, but the trio to focus on could be KING MASSINI, Bincombe and Hollow Blue Sky, on account of the fact that they are all progressive types that could have a bit in hand of the assessor.
Preference is for Evan Williams’ charge who has really flourished since switched to fences, landing well-contested handicaps at Cheltenham and Ludlow in December prior to falling in a hot Grade 3 at the Cheltenham Festival when back from a break last month.
Whether or not the eight-year-old would have figured prominently in the finish of that contest had he stayed on all fours is impossible to say, but this is a less taxing assignment and, with the drying ground very much in his favour, he makes plenty of appeal.
Bincombe has scored decisively and small fields the last twice and this will represent an altogether tougher test, but he’s only six and could have more to offer, while Hollow Blue Sky routed the opposition at Huntingdon last time and an 8lb rise for that doesn’t look harsh.
The Bet At corbettsport.com Levy Board Handicap Chase (2.05) gets the C4’s coverage underway and it could be worth chancing OUR MICK. The grey hinted at a return to form when sixth in a 17-runner Listed handicap at Aintree earlier this month and has been eased 3lb in the weights since.
Bold Chief did the job well at Uttoxeter last time and merits respect despite now being 8lb higher in a stronger race. Shotavodka is capable of giving a good account if jumping proficiently, while the tough and consistent Beforeall cannot be dismissed either.
Haydock also concludes the terrestrial broadcaster’s coverage with a staying handicap chase at 3.50. Only six runners have been declared, but it’s competitive nonetheless. Fentara won well at Kelso recently, but the one to be on is RED ROCCO.
The selection has failed to complete in three of his five starts this season, but was in the process of running a big race when unseating rider at the last in the valuable Grand National Trial here in February. Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge should give it a good shot from the front.
Over at Kempton the Betfred Mobile Sports Handicap (3.30) provides Loving Spirit with a good opportunity to deservedly regain the winning thread. However, he has a habit of finding one or two too good, and that could prove to be the case once again in this Class 2 event.
Unexposed handicap debutant Frasers Hill makes obviously appeal, hailing from the powerful Roger Varian stable, but GEORGE CINQ could be the answer. He resumes off a mark just 2lb above that off which he beat the re-opposing Sea Shanty at Sandown last summer, and hasn’t finished out of the first two in three previous visits to Kempton.
The Betfred “Goals Galore Extra” Handicap (2.20) can go to the Luca Cumani-trained AYAAR, while the Listed Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes could result in a straight fight between ZURIGHA and Zibelina, with marginal preference for the former who is 2-2 at this track.
Saturday Racing Betting Advice:
- 2.05 Our Mick
- 2.40 Generous Ransom
- 3.15 King Massini
- 3.50 Red Rocco
- 2.20 Ayaar
- 2.55 Zurigha
- 3.30 GeorgeCinq