Banker horse racing tips from Sporting Life and Timeform team for Saturday January 28

The Timeform and Sporting Life racing experts with their best bets for this Saturday's action.

David Johnson – AXEL JACKLIN (5.30 Kempton)

They say a horse doesn’t know its price, but the record of AXEL JACKLIN judged on his SP makes fascinating reading. When starting at 6/1 or shorter for his current yard, his record reads 11422125 but at 13/2 or bigger reads it reads 010000000000000.

There are a few reasons for thinking he’ll be fancied in the 5.30 at Kempton and it’s a race that won’t take a lot of winning.

Axel Jacklin can go well fresh, he should have won on his reappearance last year but was reeled back late on having been sent for home too soon and had little trouble making amends on his next start. His loss of form last year has had the desired effect on his mark, dropping down from 54 to allow him to sneak back into this 0-50 company. He doesn’t have to lead but expect his rider to be fairly aggressive to get him prominent in the early stages and he’ll hopefully be difficult to peg back.

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Andrew Asquith – ZIGGY (7.30 Kempton)

A good-quality handicap in which ZIGGY looks a solid favourite. He is relatively lightly raced for a five-year-old and has looked better than ever on his last two starts on all-weather, displaying a smart turn of foot when winning a mile and a half handicap at this track in November (solid form) and bettering that effort when runner-up in a Fast-Track Qualifier over a mile and a quarter at Newcastle last time (beaten one and a quarter lengths by a 105-rated rival off level weights).

Ziggy left the firm impression he would be suited by a return to further on that occasion and this race also has the potential to be run at a strong pace which will be in his favour. He looks very well treated back in a handicap off a mark of 95 and he also remains unexposed on an artificial surface.


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