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Saturday Racing Roundup - 8th Feb Betfair Hurdle

It's going to be tough racing across the board on Saturday, with a week of further miserable weather leaving the going rated heavy almost everywhere. So with that in mind, which horses are worth your money?

The most keenly anticipated race of the weekend is the 15:35 Betfair Hurdle at Newbury. If the going were a little better, there would be no hesitation in recommending Irving as the horse to beat. However, as things stand, it seems likely the heavy going will leave him unable to compete at his usual level.

Irish Saint is definitely one to watch, especially being slightly better handicapped than you might expect. But he is firm favourite at the bookies, and it's hard to find good odds on him anywhere. For the better returns, my tip would have to be Cheltenian. A fast horse who has been preparing for this race, he's been as low as 7/1 but you can still pick him up for a decent 9/1 at BoyleSports.

For those of you seeking potentially better returns, looking further down the card my eye is caught by Swing Bowler. She's coming back after ten months out, but she was third in the same race last year and certainly has the speed in her to impress. You can get her for 20/1 at William Hill.

Elsewhere tomorrow, No Buts is hotly tipped in the 15:15 at Warwick and well worth a flutter. He's racing against Persian Snow, who beat him over the same distance there a few weeks back. This time, however, the weight is on No Buts' side, and his jumping last time gave strong indication that he would be one to watch. You can catch him for 4/1 at Coral now.

Dawn Approach set for Goodwood

The Sussex Stakes is always one of the most eagerly anticipated encounters from the Glorious Goodwood Festival and this year is sure to be no exception.

One horse that is leading the way in the betting right now and sure to be popular with those placing a Goodwood bet is Dawn Approach as the talented horse comes to this festival after winning the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Jim Bolger’s charge now has eight wins from nine starts and he did extremely well to bounce back from the disappointing run in the Epsom Derby at the start of June.

In that race, Dawn Approach was tipped as the favourite, but couldn’t cope with the distance of one mile and four furlongs and ended up finishing last.

It shows a lot about the colt though that he managed to come from such a poor run to take one of the biggest races at Royal Ascot and now, many will find it tough to look past the Godolphin horse if he does indeed run in the Sussex Stakes.

There will be a number of tough competitors, but Dawn Approach has shown that over a mile, he is one of, if not the best horse around.

You only have to look at the winner of this race over the last two years to see how prestigious this encounter is as the best of them all – Frankel – took the race in 2011 and 2012.

Of course, we won’t see a performance quite as strong as Frankel’s here last year as he was quite simply extraordinary.

However, Dawn Approach can follow in the footsteps of the legendary horse with a victory here and show he is ready to go on to bigger and better things.

The Sussex Stakes is all set to be an enthralling encounter once more and you certainly don’t want to miss it.

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