Free horse racing selections for Saturday April 13

Action from Wolverhampton
Action from Wolverhampton

Ashley Iveson found the Greenham Stakes winner earlier at Newbury - check out his selections for Wolverhampton tonight.

WOLVERHAMPTON TIPS: 6.00 Gottardo, 6.30 Cappananty Con, 7.00 Muatadel, 7.30 Traveller, 8.00 Rich Cummins, 8.30 Message.


Mohaather looked a really exciting prospect last season and can enhance his Classic credentials in the Watership Down Stud Greenham Stakes at Newbury.

The Group Three contest has proved a breeding ground of champions in the last decade, with the great Frankel (2011) joined on the roll of honour by the likes of Olympic Glory (2013), Kingman (2014) and Muhaarar (2015) - all multiple Group One winners.

Up until his defection on Wednesday evening, because of an apparently minor injury, the potential superstar in this year's field - if he is not one already - was the John Gosden-trained Too Darn Hot.

The unbeaten ante-post 2000 Guineas favourite had carried all before him as a juvenile, and the assumption was Too Darn Hot should bag the Greenham en route to Newmarket.

That will not be happening and Mohaather - who made some appeal at a decent price even with the obvious favourite in opposition - instead has a fine opportunity to put himself higher up in the Guineas reckoning.

In the care of Classic-winning trainer Marcus Tregoning, the Showcasing colt did not even make his racecourse debut until late September, by which time Too Darn Hot had already completed a hat-trick.

After finishing a highly promising second on his introduction, Mohaather opened his account narrowly at Nottingham before impressing in the Group Three Horris Hill over this course and distance.

While that victory was a surprise, there did not appear to be any fluke about his performance - and crucially, given forecast conditions this weekend, he proved he handles ease underfoot.

So Perfect can provide Aidan O'Brien with a first victory in the Dubai Duty Free Stakes.

The daughter of Scat Daddy was only narrowly denied in successive Group Ones last season, going down by less than a length in both the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh and the Cheveley Park at Newmarket.

She rounded off 2018 by running well in defeat at the Breeders' Cup and with O'Brien's string in good form at this early stage of the season, she is expected to make a successful reappearance.

The Newbury card gets under way with a fine renewal of the Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes - better known as the John Porter.

The vote goes to Young Rascal, who can continue to benefit from the wise handling of William Haggas.

Progressing from a maiden win here a year ago, Young Rascal confirmed Derby aspirations with a resourceful and ultimately convincing success in the Chester Vase.

He then came up short at Epsom, however, and it was more than three months before he returned to Newbury for two further victories at this Group Three level, against his elders, the second a dead-heat with Morando in the St Simon Stakes.

Therefore unbeaten at this course, and having shown a liking for give in the ground, Young Rascal has much in his favour - albeit in a highly-competitive race.

It is Coral Scottish Grand National day at Ayr, and Big River is fancied to claim what would be a popular home victory in the feature event.

Trained north of the border by Lucinda Russell, this nine-year-old looked to be going nowhere fast in the Ultima Handicap Chase at last month's Cheltenham Festival, but came from the clouds to finish fourth.

If he can tidy up his jumping and keep himself in touch early on, the test the Scottish National presents should be right up his street.

Nicky Henderson's Verdana Blue can rediscover the winning trail in the CPMS Scottish Champion Hurdle.

The seven-year-old caused one of the shocks of the season when denying esteemed stablemate Buveur D'Air in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day, and she was not disgraced in finishing fifth in the Champion Hurdle last month, considering conditions were against her.

Back on a flat track and good ground under a talented 7lb claimer, Verdana Blue ticks plenty of boxes as she seeks to erase memories of a lacklustre performance in this race last year.

Sporting Life tips:

AYR: 1.25 Magic Saint, 1.55 Molly The Dolly, 2.25 Verdana Blue, 3.00 Castafiore, 3.35 Big River, 4.10 Cartwright, 4.45 Stowaway Magic, 5.20 Mam Trasna.

BANGOR: 1.45 Air De Rock, 2.15 Jumpsuit, 2.45 Full Irish, 3.20 Wazowski, 3.55 Dr Oakley, 4.30 Overawed, 5.05 Keen On, 5.40 Dundrum Wood.

NAAS: 1.50 Ming Warrior, 2.20 Hot Dakota, 2.50 We'll Go Again, 3.25 Aspen Belle, 4.00 Le Brivido, 4.35 Magical, 5.10 Halimi, 5.45 Ciao.

NEWBURY: 1.40 Young Rascal, 2.10 SO PERFECT (NAP), 2.40 Mohaather, 3.15 Chatez, 3.50 Fifth Position, 4.25 Roseman, 5.00 Space Walk, 5.35 Military Law.

THIRSK: 2.00 War Of Clans, 2.30 Dazzling Des, 3.05 Musharrif, 3.40 Desert Ruler, 4.15 Leodis Dream, 4.50 Vanbrugh, 5.25 Beautiful Gesture, 5.55 Piazon.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 6.00 Gottardo, 6.30 Cappananty Con, 7.00 Muatadel, 7.30 Traveller, 8.00 Rich Cummins, 8.30 Message.

DOUBLE: So Perfect and Mohaather.


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