Horse Racing tips: Frank Hickey’s best Saturday bets at Newmarket, Redcar & Longchamp

No Ascot - no problem! Frank's got the drop on four other races.


Longchamp 14.15 – Monica Sheriff (each-way)

Paddy is paying 4 places in this contest and Monica Sheriff makes each-way appeal considering she loves testing conditions and Paddy is paying 4 places. She didn’t make her debut until May last year and got off the mark on her second run, which was at Haydock on heavy ground.

She ended up winning four more races to close out the season, winning by 20 lengths in a handicap at Goodwood on heavy ground and followed up in a Group 3 at Saint Cloud on heavy ground again. She was off until the Ebor just six weeks ago and ran a really eye-catching race, staying on from the back when the horses on the pace held an advantage.

The ground at Doncaster last time would have been far too lively for her and now getting testing ground again, she could surprise a few of her more illustrious rivals.

Newmarket 14.45 – Feliciana De Vega (each-way)

This year’s renewal of the Sun Chariot Stakes looks really competitive with the likes of Terebellum, Billesdon Brook, Veracious, Champers Elysees, Nazeef and Peaceful all previous Group 1 winners.

Peaceful has every chance of reversing the Matron Stakes form with Champers Elysees, but at the prices I am going to back Feliciana De Vega each-way in a race where Paddy is paying 4 places.

Very lightly-raced for a four-year-old, she made her debut at Newmarket over 7 furlongs and was well punted when winning very easily. Admittedly that wasn’t a very strong race but she went to Deauville for a Listed race on the all weather for her next start and again she won easily.

She needed her reappearance last year at Haydock but shaped well and finished the season winning at Newmarket in the Group 3 Darley Stakes over 9f. She was very impressive that day and brought her course record to two wins from two starts and both were with plenty of cut in the ground.

She is drawn high, so I expect her to slot in just behind the pace and if she is fit enough off the absence, I think she will run a massive race with Ralph Beckett’s horses flying at the moment.

Longchamp 15.25 – The Revenant

The Revenant is top class when getting testing conditions and should take a bit of beating in this Group 2 over a mile. The one concern would be that he has not raced in nearly a year but he is five from five when running after a break of more than 50 days and he record on testing ground is rock solid.

He won this race by over four lengths last season, before finding just King Of Change too strong in the QE2 at Ascot. It will be quite disappointing if he can’t take care of this field.

Redcar 16.00 – Cornerstone Lad

Cornerstone Lad makes plenty of appeal here back on the flat off a mark of 71, considering he is rated 159 over hurdles. He won on his reappearance last year, which was also on the flat, off a mark of 65 and hasn’t been seen in this sphere since.

In that time, he has won a handicap hurdle off a mark of 142 and the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle when getting the better of Beveur D’air. He was pulled up on his last hurdles start in the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival and he has had a wind op in the interim. It is likely that Micky Hammond will have left a little to work on before he goes back hurdling but potentially has so much in hand here that he can win anyway, while testing ground holds no fear for him.

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