Free horse racing selections for Saturday October 6

Veracious is fancied to step up to the plate on Saturday
Veracious is fancied to step up to the plate on Saturday

David Clough expects Veracious to produce a career best in Saturday's Sun Chariot - he has a tip for every race.

Nap: Veracious (3.15 Newmarket)

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Double: First Eleven (2.25 Ascot)

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Veracious is all set to show her true colours in Newmarket's Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes.

As befits this weekend feature's Group One status, there is some fierce blue-blooded opposition to Sir Michael Stoute's improving Frankel filly.

The supplemented Wind Chimes will be a formidable opponent after her head second to Recoletos in last month's Prix du Moulin - while 1,000 Guineas runner-up Laurens brings the small matter of a defeat of the brilliant Alpha Centauri to the table from her last run.

A bare form line through Alpha Centauri favours Laurens significantly over Veracious, but other factors are of note.

Alpha Centauri was swiftly retired after suffering an injury as she lost out at Leopardstown, yet was undoubtedly at the very top of her game when she trounced Veracious in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

That was also the first run of the season, and only third of her career, for Cheveley Park Stud's Veracious - who had her own injury-interrupted preparation this year.

She beat shock Guineas winner Billesdon Brook for a second time since in the Nassau Stakes, and arrives here with momentum after an easy Group Three success at Sandown a month ago.

Still open to more improvement, Stoute's charge is a value call against the two at the top of the market.

Away from Newmarket, Ascot presents two solid Group Three contenders in the space of little more than half an hour.

First Eleven faces just four opponents in the Stella Artois Cumberland Lodge Stakes, and the authority of his course-and-distance handicap win over a useful rival last time out is persuasive.

In the John Guest Racing Bengough Stakes, which follows, the rejuvenated Limato should have ground to suit and is a likely winning favourite after back-to-back Listed successes at Newmarket and York.

If you like more of a challenge, then the annual puzzle that is the Racing UK Two Year Old Trophy is an absolute must up at Redcar.

There is no right or wrong here - until after the cavalry charge is run, of course - and Swissterious looks sure to be a backable price.

Trainer Karl Burke has yet to crack this very particular code, but has been busy enhancing his reputation is several spheres elsewhere of late.

Fifth in York's Acomb Stakes, Swissterious put up a decent show when a Doncaster runner-up back at six furlongs last month, and may be the one this time.

There are fewer variables over in Ireland - unless you count the 14 fences to be taken at speed - in Gowran's Grade Two PWC Champion Chase.

In a renewal containing old hands, household names and an up-and-coming contingent too, Ballyoisin is in a hybrid category all of his own.

But Enda Bolger's seven-year-old has hinted plenty of times he is up to this level, and he should have a fitness edge too after a heartening win in a valuable handicap hurdle at Listowel less than a month ago.

Sporting Life tips:

ASCOT: 1.50 Mr Lupton, 2.25 First Eleven, 3.00 Limato, 3.35 Flaming Spear, 4.10 Eirene, 4.45 Mountain Peak.

FONTWELL: 1.40 Mauna Kea, 2.15 Vivas, 2.50 Majestic Touch, 3.20 Dream Bolt, 3.55 Rebel Royal, 4.30 Ruperra Tom, 5.05 Earth Moor.

GOWRAN: 1.25 Elysian Plains, 1.55 Clementina, 2.30 Vinnie The Hoddie, 3.05 Neverushacon, 3.40 Ballyoisin, 4.15 Judgement Day, 4.50 Sam King, 5.25 Chateau Conti.

NEWMARKET: 2.05 Fille De Reve, 2.40 Il Paradiso, 3.15 VERACIOUS (NAP), 3.50 Northernpowerhouse, 4.25 Move Swiftly, 5.00 Rawdaa, 5.35 Spirit Of Appin.

REDCAR: 2.10 Snow Storm, 2.45 Swissterious, 3.25 Jimmy Greenhough, 4.00 Emmaus, 4.35 Knighted, 5.10 Warrior's Spirit, 5.40 Rose Tinted Spirit, 6.10 Computable.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.15 Calling The Wind, 5.45 Kasayid, 6.15 Five Helmets, 6.45 Tashaaboh, 7.15 Che Bella, 7.45 River Cafe, 8.15 First Call, 8.45 Sauchiehall Street.

DOUBLE: Veracious and First Eleven.


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