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Saturday's Horse Racing Betting Tips & Predictions - 17th October


It's British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday afternoon and a cracking card is supported by six further meetings across Britain and Ireland.

There's jumps racing from Stratford, Market Rasen and Ballinrobe in Ireland, while further Flat fare comes from Catterick and Leopardstown, before Wolverhampton's all-weather evening card rounds off the action.

Saturday's Horse Racing Predictions

15:00 Leopardstown

Zaffy's Pride to win and each-way - BET NOW

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Ontario sets the standard on ratings for this Group 3 Killavullan Stakes over 7f but the Galileo colt hasn't made a habit out of winning. He has, of course, contested good races since scrambling home in a soft-ground Galway maiden in August but there are plenty of dangers lurking here.

Amongst them would be Dermot Weld's twice-raced Erzindjan but more pressing are the claims of the filly, Zaffy's Pride, for trainer Jessica Harrington and championship-chasing rider Shane Foley.

The latter will be eager to add to his tally while title rival Colin Keane is in England for Champions Day at Ascot. This filly is now 2-4, having landed back-to-back Dundalk Polytrack wins over the previous month.

The latest of those saw her bagging a Listed contest on her first attempt at this distance and there should be plenty more to come back on turf. She can make the most of the 3lb she receives from Ontario.

15:40 Ascot

Magical to win and each-way - BET NOW

The main event at Ascot this afternoon sees Magical attempting to emulate Twice Over and Cracksman, both having defended their Qipco Champion Stakes crowns this century.

Magical won from the re-opposing Addeybb last season on similarly testing ground. There was talk of retirement afterwards for the Ballydoyle filly but the Coolmore team elected to stay in training and she has rewarded them with three more Group 1 wins this season.

Her sole defeat was in York's Juddmonte International in August behind Ghaiyyath, a reverse she avenged in last month's Irish Champion Stakes with a vintage display in taking out the highest-rated horse in the world. 

Addeybb is a danger but his Royal Ascot conqueror Lord North may be even more so. He's run well here at this meeting last year and acts on heavy ground, while he only has just over a length to find on his York clash with Magical. He's preferred over stablemate Mishriff as the chief threat to the mare.

16:31 Market Rasen

Red Risk to win and each-way - BET NOW

This could be a strong contest with the likes of Court Master, Fidux and Ravenhill Road in the mix but there appeared to be plenty to like about the Paul Nicholls-trained Red Risk after he arrived from France last term.

He was held on stable bow at Hereford (2m, heavy) in January but stepped up noticeably at Ludlow (2m4f, soft) in February when winning a Novices' Limited Handicap Chase with any amount in hand off a mark of 135.

With Team Ditcheat in superb form already this month, Harry Cobden's mount should prove capable of conceding weight all round on his seasonal bow.

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Saturday's Horse Racing Tips Frequently Asked Questions


What's the going report for Leopardstown?

Yielding to soft.


What's the going report for Market Rasen?



What's your recommended bet?

Magical to win.


Can I watch the racing from Ascot, Market Rasen and Leopardstown on TV?

Market Rasen and Leopardstown's meetings are on RacingTV. Ascot is on Sky Sports Racing and ITV.


What's the going report for Ascot?

Soft, heavy in places.