It’s a busy time of season for followers of horse racing with the ink barely dry on the 2019 Cheltenham Festival and this year’s Grand National fast approaching, but this weekend’s action focuses on flat racing with fixtures of note taking place at Doncaster and Kempton. Let’s look at our March 30 Horse Racing betting tips.
Armchair fans can catch the best of the afternoon’s UK action live on ITV Racing and there’s plenty to bet on with major bookmakers offering a wealth of tantalising markets, including race winner and without the favourite. Pick your best bets of the day and club them together in a multiple, such as a Lucky 15, that’ll give you an interest throughout, as well as a shot at a bumper pay-out.
There’s lots to have your say on but there can be no question over the main attraction and that’s the Lincoln Handicap which throws together a strong field who battle it out for a bulky prize pot, with over £60,000 of that paid to the champion. Punters can line their pockets in the process, and we’ve drafted in our team of experts to help sniff out the value and keep you one step ahead of traders.
Cammidge Trophy Stakes – 1.50pm Doncaster
A great way to start the day at Doncaster, this listed race will be decided over the snappy six furlongs trip and we find Equilateral at the head of the antepost market at the time of writing, with 5/1 offered up by 888sport. We think traders have that one spot on and there’s enough of a price to back the jolly and still have a lively interest.
The four-year-old colt has won three of his first eight starts but is an improving sort and there’s plenty more to come from him. We’re expecting to see proof of that here. His last victory came in the summer when scoring at Leicester over the 5f sprint distance and he has been quite well treated since. Not overly exposed, a big year should lie ahead of Equilateral. Take a punt to get the day off to a winning start.
Magnolia Stakes – 2.05pm Kempton
An interesting one at Kempton, this listed stakes fought out over 1m 1f will see a large field go to post as the contenders aim to win the crown worn by Fabricate for Andrea Artzeni 12 months ago. The early favourite to do just that is Matterhorn who can be backed at no better than 3/1 to live up to expectations, but we’d prefer to take a stab at a bigger price.
Fabricate a Winner
The one to carry our stake money in this afternoon slug-fest is Fabricate who we reckon has more than enough in the locker to repeat the feat and frank the form of last year. The seven-year-old gelding placed third at Longchamp in the Prix Dollar in October against better company than he’ll face here. The 9/1 available at Bet365 on Fabricate is just too big to ignore.
Commission Free Handicap – 2.40pm Kempton
Soldier’s Minute is a course and distance winner and traders are impressed, posting the four-year-old as antepost favourite with 4/1 the market best price available to Bet365 punters. Again, we’re happy to cast our eyes further down the pecking order and take a chance on an outsider spoiling the party. You can back it to win or the price allows followers a crack at nicking the each-way value.
A Treacherous Win
Treacherous has been quoted at 10/1 by Bet365 and that makes more appeal to us. This is a packed field with many holding genuine claims to the prize money and we’re sure our selection will take all the beating. The five-year-old is on a serious run of form, finishing no higher than third in any of his last seven goes, with that run showing three wins from four. That’ll be enough to see him ask questions of the more fancied runners in the list.
Doncaster Mile Stakes – 3.00pm Doncaster
One of the standout races of the day and this will take all the winning. A listed race over the flat mile, Zabeel Prince was the winner last year and bookies rate the chance of Addeybb doing the business this time. They have him as a 13/8 jolly and that’s sure to go in the accumulators of many shrewd backers.
A Winning Start
William Haggas’ five-year-old chestnut hasn’t run this year so far but bowed out of 2018 in decent form, ending the year third at Lingfield in the Churchill Stakes over 1m 2f, a race won by Master The World. The pick was beaten little more than a length that day and the rest from action would’ve helped freshen him up and allowed connections to work on his weaknesses. We’ll take a shot at him doing as expected and getting the year off to a winning start.
Lincoln Handicap – 3.35pm Doncaster
The star attraction and we’re certain to see an increased number of wagers on this race as punters in attendance take their seats for the off. A respected one-mile heritage handicap, we’ve had some famous winners over the years and Addeybb took the prize money last year for James Doyle and star trainer William Haggas. The money men have pinned their hopes to Auxerre and the market leader dominated the antepost charts, available at no more than the 7/2 sent out by Ladbrokes.
Shot at Silver
We can certainly see where the traders are coming from with that call but if you’re going to back the winner of the Lincoln, you’d be wanting to do it at a better price, so we shoot for Silver Quartz at a stunning 20/1 with Bet365. Each-way backers will get their hands on 1/4 the odds a place 1-2-3-4-5 with some firms. Check the terms before placing your bet.
Silver Quartz Archie Watson’s four-year-old has some famous breeding behind him, being a product of the great Frankel. That’ll see him leap off the page at casual followers of the sport, but he can back up the interest and has finished in the top-three in half of his previous 10 starts.