Best horse racing bets for the weekend: picks for Haydock, Cartmel, Uttoxeter and more

Renowned tipster and journalist, Ed Quigley aka ‘Longshot Ted’ provides his best bets as he searches for all the value in the most important action of the weekend.

Ted’s bets for Saturday

  • Haydock 1.15 – C’Mon Kenny e/w – bet with bet365
  • Cartmel 1.40 – Artist D’Ainay – bet with BetVictor
  • Haydock 2.25 – Covey – bet with Spread
  • Curragh 2.30 – Artistic Power – bet with Bet UK
  • York 2.40 – Alligator Alley East/West – bet with William Hill
  • Haydock 3.30 – Raasel e/w – bet with bet365
  • Uttoxeter 3.55 – Tea Clipper e/w – bet with BetVictor

Haydock 1.15 – Go Kenny

Come on KENNY looks like a solid player in every way here for the Ian Williams and Will Buick combination. The 7-year-old boy was in desperate need of a run after a 406-day layoff when he got stuck in Newbury mud more than 10ft last month.

This race was clearly necessary to remove rust from the ring, and the gelding should be much happier served by this build-up with this race under his belt. Lightened by 3 pounds since, this unexposed guy should easily have more to offer, and naturally the Buick reservation increases interest. It gets the green light from me as a one-way alternative to Auld Toon Loon.

Cartmel 1.40 – Artist D’Ainay

Daryl Jacob and Stuart Crawford team up with the 5-year-old AINAY ARTIST who seems to have the tools to enter the winners’ compound for the first time. He has always run well in defeat so far over hurdles, arriving here after finishing third at Downpatrick three weeks ago.

On this occasion, and on the penultimate start at Sedgefield, he gave the distinct impression that he would appreciate a much more thorough examination of endurance, so this distance stage at 2m6f should really suit (provided c is Cartmel). There’s a lot of stamina in the family, so I think that extra distance can provide the buff needed to land the loot here.

Haydock 2.25 – Covey

Frankie Dettori drew winners in his final season as a jockey, and he has every chance of another success with John and Thady Gosden trained COVEY. Frankel’s son arrives on a hat-trick and won a minor event at Newcastle last time out in a joint canter.

Entering the Handicap business for the first time, he could easily take his form to new levels, and looks like this step up to 1m should be fine. It would be far from the biggest shock in the world if he won this and then threw himself into the mix for a hot contest at Royal Ascot.

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Curragh 2.30 – Artistic Power

For whatever reason, ARTISTIC POWER enjoys getting on the boat to Ireland, and this strikingly good-looking 6-year-old boy can maintain his spotless record on the Emerald Isle. Tim Easterby’s charge has an unblemished record of three wins from three visits to Ireland – including a perfect two-for-two on that specific course and distance.

His seasonal reappearance in York when finishing the pitch would have been needed and should be in much better shape for this outing. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him bounce back to winning ways with the excellent Oisin Murphy in the saddle.

York 2.40 – Alligator Alley East/West

ALLIGATOR ALLEY may be a bit of a hostage to fortune, but a heavily run 5f on the Knavesmire really suits this 6 year old. He didn’t have the snag on the green finishing 6th on C&D 9 days ago – he was stuck behind a wall of horses with a furlong to go, and probably did well to finish sixth under the circumstances.

He’s starting to look well processed and can easily be rocked here from a one-way perspective with ground conditions in his favor. Danny Tudhope takes over for David O’Meara’s yard and a big run could easily be on the cards.

Haydock 3.30 – Raasel e/w

The Temple Stakes looks exciting, and this group 2, 5f assignment looks like a hot revival but looks like a good opportunity for RAASEL to find the way to victory. The 6-year-old has been simmering rather than boiling lately, but that seems a more feasible opportunity than recent tasks, and should benefit from the likely quicker return to the surface.

His comeback when he was fourth in the Palace House Stakes was a cracker that granted him the ground and the company, and he should show up for the race. He won in his only previous start on C&D and feels a major player here got some quick ground.

Uttoxeter 3.55 – Tea Clipper e/w

Tom Lacey trains the 8-year-old TEA CLIPPER, who has strong claims to challenge the heavyweights in this thrilling encounter. The gelding just didn’t stay 3m4f sprawled on sticky ground at Sandown on his last visit and that seems a much more feasible opportunity.

Fast ground conditions underfoot are crucial for him, and he should get the desired ground on this occasion. Moving up to a 142 rating, he’s starting to look well-treated – he’s now 3lbs lighter than when he was placed in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last year. If he can put his best foot here, he shouldn’t be too far behind with Stan Sheppard in the plate.

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