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Saturday horse racing betting tips: Picks for the Irish Champion Stakes Weekend

It’s Irish Champion Stakes Weekend, and top pundit Ed Quigley aka ‘Longshot Ted’ serves up his best bets for the action at Leopardstown and elsewhere, including the Sprint Cup at Haydock.

Ted’s bets for Saturday:

  • Haydock 1.50 – Chindit – bet with Tote
  • Leopardstown 3.20 – Onesto e/w – bet with William Hill
  • Haydock 3.35 – Regional e/w – bet with Sky Bet
  • Ascot 3.45 – Mantoog – bet with bet365
  • Haydock 4.10 – Raasel e/w – bet with BetUK

Haydock 1.50 – Chindit

CHINDIT has been in good form this summer, and looks the value call to get back in the winner’s enclosure when he has a crack at this Group 3 over 1m. The 5-year-old was a winner of a Listed event at Ascot on his seasonal reappearance and has acquitted himself well in defeat since then. He followed that up with an excellent effort to finish runner-up in the Lockinge, and then was far from disgraced when sixth in a red-hot renewal of the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Last time out he was third in the Group 2 Hungerford Stakes over what looked an inadequate 7f, and should be much happier returning to 1m for this assignment. Down in class to tackle Group 3 company, I can see the in-form Richard Hannon-trained individual really serving it up to his rivals here. The excellent James Doyle takes the ride, and a bold show is expected.

🏇 Bet on CHINDIT with Tote 🏇

Leopardstown 3.20 – Onesto e/w

The Frankie Dettori farewell tour has been creating headlines for more than one reason recently, but the Italian maestro has the chance to give his trademark flying dismount in what looks a cracker of an Irish Champion Stakes. ONESTO looks the each-way play in my view. There are question marks about all the protagonists, and I think the French raider looks overpriced.

Runner-up in this race 12 months ago (possibly hit the front too soon), he has been a little underwhelming recently, but connections insinuated that it was a case of just getting the ring-rust removed when fourth to Inspiral over 1m last time out. He will be spot on for this, and a return to this trip and track offers no problem. I expect Dettori to try and pounce late in a race that has all the ingredients to be epic and Onesto is the each-way shout here.

🏇 Place a bet on ONESTO with William Hill 🏇

Haydock 3.35 – Regional e/w

There is a little bit of the feeling that the sprinters are very much ‘taking their turn’ this campaign, and that is something that comes to the forefront of the mind coming into this race. Naturally, Shaquille will be all the rage, and will take all the beating if bringing his A-game, but at cramped odds, it would get me nervous taking a short price about an individual who keeps making a mess of the start. On balance, at some point, you would think that the tomfoolery he displays in the opening fractions of the race are going to be his undoing, for all that he is the Royal Ascot winner is the star attraction in this lineup.

The draw bias on the Sprint track at Haydock can also be some sort of equine roulette, so all in all, I like to avoid short prices at this venue. At double-figure odds, Ed Bethall’s REGIONAL looks the value play. The overall profile of this 5-year-old leaves him a few pounds below what is required to win this, but if Shaquille does fluff his lines, I think you could throw a blanket over many in the line-up. Regional was an impressive C&D winner in a Listed event back in June, and so this track on the forecast ground holds no fears.

He ran a solid race when fifth in the Nunthorpe and a return to this venue can see him bring out more improvement. I wouldn’t be shocked if Regional massively outran his odds in a race where you can pick apart the claims of the so-called protagonists.

🏇 Bet on REGIONAL with Sky Bet🏇

Ascot 3.45 – Mantoog

William Buick and Owen Burrows team up with MANTOOG, and this unexposed daughter of Kingman looks to have the tools to follow up her cosy success at Salisbury last time out. She went through the gears nicely to get off the mark at the Wiltshire venue last time out on Handicap debut, and looks capable of defying a 7lb hike in the weights this time around.

I wouldn’t be surprised if she had more in the locker off a mark of 84, and with little mileage on the clock, she can make up into a smart sort. Underfoot conditions should be perfect for her and she can make it two wins on the bounce.

🏇 Bet on MANTOOG with bet365 🏇

Haydock 4.10 – Raasel e/w

RAASEL has been hitting the crossbar, and although possibly falling into Handicap ‘no-man’s land’ off a rating of 107, he arrives here on the back of running a stormer in Group 2 company, when third to Highfield Princess at Goodwood. Dropping back into a Handicap, he looks the each-way option off top-weight.

Raasel is an ultra-consistent performer, who should also benefit from the return to a quicker underfoot surface, and a return to this venue is also a big bonus – he is a previous C&D winner, and has also gone close on another occasion at Haydock, so this fast 5f is tailor-made for him. James Doyle has a great rapport with the evergreen 6-year-old, and the Mick Appleby representative should be bang on the promises once again.

🏇 Bet on RAASEL with BetUK 🏇

Don’t forget Ed will be back on Tuesday as he continues on his hunt for more winners!

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