TV TIPS (SATURDAY)

13:50 Newbury A hot looking listed contest where the unbeaten Red Mist looks the one to be on. Trainer Simon Crisford is in red-hot form and with top jockey Silvestre De Sousa booked for the ride he’s going to be hard to beat. Learn By Heart and Ripley look the ones to push our selection closest and will probably make up the places. RED MIST (WIN)

14:10 Newmarket A great spectacle on the racing calendar as only grey horses line up for this six furlong contest. Third in the same race last year, Case Key aims to go close once again and he looks set to do so. This looks a weaker contest than last year’s renewal and with less weight to carry Case Key gets the nod. It’d be remiss to ignore the top-weight Dark Power who aims to make it three wins in a row. At the age of three he’s the most progressive and has only finished outside of the top two once in his five career starts. He’ll undoubtedly be the favourite but off a high weight in a more competitive race than he’s tackled before he looks worth taking on. CASE KEY (WIN) – NAP

14:25 Newbury We return to Newbury where a case could easily be made for the first four in the betting. Agent Murphy looks mightily overpriced by the bookies and a current price of around 9/1 seems very generous. I couldn’t put punters off backing him each way but I feel we may have a special horse in our midst in the form of the very impressive Defoe. Unbeaten in all three runs this year Defoe continues to improve race by race and a contest of this nature looks well within his grasp. He’ll need to put in his best performance to date to date but he seems more than capable. The unknown quantity is the lightly raced To Eternity who has the most room to progress. A great win last time out puts him in the mix but the question is if that was a true reflection of his ability. Likely to be the closest to Defoe. DEFOE (WIN)

14:45 Newmarket The second of two trips to “Flat HQ” as Newmarket plays host to another six furlong sprint handicap. Merlin looks very consistent and more than likely the one to beat. Although very impressive in his last race he only had three opponents to contend with and this is going to be a tougher task. The likeliest winner but seems worth opposing for an alternative each way selection. The horse worth backing at bigger odds looks to be course winner Poets Society. Mark Johnstone has his horses firing on all cylinders and with a liking for the course should find place money at least at a bigger price. POETS SOCIETY (E/W)

15:00 Newbury There’s sixteen runners scheduled to go to post in this race so for us each way punters let’s pray there’s no non-runners. We’re opting for two out of this large field in which the first is the David Simcock trained Realize. He was on his way to winning three on the trot but unfortunately soft ground scuppered his chances last time out. If the ground is drier then he could continue with his previous momentum. Hyde Park is another worth siding with as he returns to seven furlongs. He’s tackled six furlongs and a mile in his previous two races despite having his best form over seven furlongs. With the addition of a tongue tie potentially squeezing out further improvement his one to be on. Of the remainder Sun Lover, Noble Peace and Graphite Storm look to have good chances. REALIZE (E/W) HYDE PARK (E/W)

15:15 Ripon A visit up north to Ripon to take in just one race. The Great St Wilfrid has been a well established contest on the racing calendar for decades and this year’s annual running looks as hotly contested as ever. Growl looks to improve on his fourth placed finish in the Stewards Cup and sets the standard but trying to defy top weight could be a tall order. Former group winner Eastern Impact continues to plummet down the handicap and if he retains any of his former ability would dominate a race like this. His legs maybe older but he’s worth taking a chance with on the basis of past achievements. As with Eastern Impact the same can be said of Mattmu. A former top level sprinter who won a Group 2 race as a two year old. Mightily disappointing in his last race but that could be put down to a lengthy absence from racing and if he’s much fitter for his most recent run could take advantage of his generous handicap mark. EASTERN IMPACT (E/W) MATTMU (E/W)

15:35 Newbury This Group 2 race sadly looks lacking in any real quality but nevertheless we’ll endeavour to decipher this puzzle. Librisa Breeze looks most fancied but I can’t side with a favourite who’s so inconsistent. Kaspersky has a great chance after going so close in a Group 2 race last time out. A drop down to seven furlongs will also aid his chances of going one better. Mix And Mingle is another runner who’ll do better back at seven furlongs but unfortunately doesn’t have the class to win this. At much bigger prices both Ibn Malik and Spangled could out run their prices but Kaspersky looks worth a shot. KASPERSKY (E/W)