There is lots of racing action in store across a busy Saturday in Britain and Ireland, with seven meetings taking place.

The headline acts on the Flat are from Newbury and Newmarket, including the Group 1 Lockinge, while further meetings come from Thirsk and Doncaster on the level alongside Bangor, Uttoxeter and Wexford on over the jumps.

Our Saturday fancies include an improving sort for Andrew Balding that is possibly overpriced ahead of his latest assignment at Newbury.

Selections

  • Newbury 14:25 – Old Harrovian @ 9/1
  • Bangor-on-Dee 15:55 – The Wrekin @ 5/2
  • Wexford 16:00 – Senecia @ 9/4

Tip 1

He’s the lowest-rated contender in the field for the Group 3 Al Rayyan Stakes at Newbury but OLD HARROVIAN (9/1) has plenty of scope to improve and be on a par with his rivals for Balding and Oisin Murphy. He could be one of the decent shouts from the Most Napped table via the Betfred Betfinder today at a price.

The gelded son of Sea The Stars was disappointing in one turf start in the spring of 2022 but looked much-improved in last month’s ready wins at Lingfield and Wolverhampton in novice company.

He won those two starts by a combined 14-lengths and merits a crack in this grade now. Murphy takes over in the saddle and they’ve got race-fitness on their side compared to the likes of Yibir, Israr, Haskoy and Gaassee.

This 4YO is fancied to go on improving for a while yet and with this being a Betfred Extra Place Race (three places) he looks worth supporting at favourable odds.

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Tip 2

The Wrexham Lager Export Novices’ Handicap Chase looks wide open, with both Universal Folly and Supervisor respected contenders, but THE WREKIN (5/2) may prove the way to go for trainer Henry Daly.

He’s younger than those two market rivals and was a winner three times in only nine starts over hurdles.

He went chasing for the first time at Ludlow (3m, good) last month and found just one rival too strong, giving a stone to the winner.

He turns out here from an unchanged mark of 113 and when accounting for Alice Stevens’ claim, he’s getting 10lb from market leader Universal Folly.

Nicky Richards’ inmate was a good second himself at Perth last month but may have more on this plate if hoping to go one better now.

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Tip 3

SENECIA (9/4) showed glimpses of ability in four hurdles runs, including when winning his maiden here over 2m4½f last July, and he already looks destined for better things as a chaser.

He came from off the pace on his chasing bow at Ballinrobe (2m1f, good to yielding) at the start of the month, picking off the Willie Mullins-trained Hercule Du Seuil for the win. That rival was rated 137 over hurdles and had won a Grade 2 novice over timber at Fairyhouse early last month.

It was a really promising start for Senecia and while he faces another Closutton inmate now, Uncle Phil for Jack Foley, this is arguably not as tough as the challenge faced at Ballinrobe and with a decent pace to aim at, Ian Power’s mount can finish best of all and double his tally.

 

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