Horse racing tips: Badger Beers trends – we help you find the winner of the Wincanton race live on ITV this Saturday

3.35 WINCANTON – BADGER BEERS SILVER TROPHY

Present Man can get the Badger Beers in for the third year running. This isn’t a race for golden oldies with nine the oldest you want to go.

That’s bad news for The Young Master and Whisper.

Complete outsiders have struggled too so we can overlook the chances of Cobra De Mai and Wicked Willy who are out with the washing.

Your fancy needs to have won a chase over three miles or more which spells the end for White Moon.

Most Badger Beers winners have already won or placed at Wincanton. That crosses out Rock The Kasbah, Royal Vacation, Give Me A Copper and Just A Sting.

Trends tip for the Badger Beers

PRESENT MAN – (Bet now)

Soupy Soups has won just twice over fences and that’s a little light for this race. Looking at the official ratings, no horse higher than 144 has come out on top in the past decade.

That leaves a shortlist of Present Man, Walk In The Mill, Beau Du Brizais and Sumkindofking.

One of those horses fits the race profile and has a big personal trend too having won this for the past two years — PRESENT MAN.

Bryony Frost has been on board for both victories and this is his big target for the whole season.

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Sun Racing ambassador Megan Nicholls is back and looks ahead to a cracking day of racing at Chepstow and Newmarket

The jumps is back!

This obviously means fewer rides for me, but I can’t wait to see Dad’s powerhouses in action.

It’s Chepstow this afternoon and although the ground is softer than Glastonbury, we’ve got a few nice prospects in action.

Sir Psycho makes his debut in the opening juvenile hurdle and I expect him to go nicely.

He’s a lovely horse and has taken to jumping very well at home – it’s almost as if he’d seen obstacles before.

The ground is the only question mark as we wouldn’t chance him if it really cut up. We think a lot of him.

Diamond Guy will likely come on for his run in the handicap hurdle at 2.45.

He finds his work at home very easy but hasn’t been seen on track for a long time and could just need it.

The ground is a slight unknown but hopefully it will be ok and he has a big future when he goes over fences.

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Terrifying moment racing driver realises flames engulfing his car

Terrifying moment racing driver realises flames are filling his car and hits 117mph as he hurtles round the track to reach the fire truck in time

  • Calum Lockie was racing around the Donington race track when car caught fire 
  • Footage shows flames engulfing the car as Lockie speeds towards the fire truck 
  • Despite the fire Lockie won two other races at the Donington Historic Festival

An unsuspecting racing driver found flames engulfing the inside of his car and was forced to speed round the track at 117mph to reach the safety pit before the fire wrecked his vehicle. 

Calum Lockie, 51, co-driving with Julian Thomas, was racing around the Donington race track in a Shelby Daytona Coupe on June 8 at the Historic Festival in Leicestershire. 

Footage shows Lockie careering round the track behind the safety car as flames and plumes of smoke envelop him from behind. 

He waves his hands to alert the safety car driver to the fire that has started tearing through the Daytona Coupe and proceeds to overtake him.  

Safety cars are brought on to a race track if there is an immediate hazard to drivers, such as a waterlogged road. 

When the safety car is on the track, all drivers must stay behind it and are usually not allowed to overtake at any time.  

Once Lockie has passed the safety car his speed races up from 30mph to a whopping 117mph while he desperately tries to get to the safety pit as quickly as possible.  

Usually if a race car catches fire drivers will jump out and leave the vehicle on the track while the fire truck comes over. 

But Lockie decided it would be better for the car to be brought straight to the fire truck. 

He said: ‘When the car is on fire, you know you’ve got to get it back to the fire truck in pit lane or it’ll be toast.

‘Then you overtake the safety car.’

He added: ‘This is as close as I ever want to get to a marshmallow.’ 

Lockie and Thomas had been taking part in the 2019 Donington Historic Festival and despite the fire ended up winning the Jaguar Classic in an E-Type as well as the Historic Touring Car Challenge in a Ford Cosworth Sierra RS 500.

The pair had been driving in a Shelby Daytona Coupe (stock picture) when the car started filling with smoke

Lockie tweeted about the incident (a racing occurrence that involves one or more drivers) and said: ‘When you’ve passed the incident, the car is on fire, you know you’ve got to get it back to the fire truck in the pit lane or it’ll be toast, then you overtake the safety car. This is as close as I ever want to get to a marshmallow’

Car racing comes with a constant risk of fire, so much so that drivers wear fireproof suits and even underwear.

Because the engines of race cars get incredibly hot and they burn fuel that is highly flammable, it creates the perfect conditions to start a fire. 

Most fireproof suits are made from a material called Nomex.

If drivers wear a suit from this material then they are able to survive for 11 seconds in temperatures of up to 1544F (840C) – the same temperature as volcanic lava.

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Royal Ascot 2019: Blue Point gets the better of old rival in King’s Stands Stakes as Aidan O’Brein enjoys winning start

Blue Point asserted his dominance over Battaash in a renewed battle in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The Charlie Appleby-trained five-year-old beat Battaash last year and repeated its victory on Tuesday afternoon to become the fourth horse to win the day’s feature race twice in the modern era.

There was little between the two market leaders once they edged ahead of the staying pack, but James Doyle found an extra gear and Blue Point won comfortably.

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The 5/2 chance won by just over a length, with Soldier’s Call finishing in third ahead of Mabs Cross to prevent an identical finish to 12 months ago.

Appleby was concerned by the ground, which was officially ‘good’ although the final race was ‘soft’, but feels the victory in the rain adds to his “fantastic” victory.


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“I was concerned the ground might get too soft for him, but it can rain as much as it likes now!” Appleby said.

“We’ve all been very much involved in this horse. It’s great for William (Buick) being here and the team at home have done a fantastic job with this horse.

“To do back-to-back wins in this race is fantastic, as I knew he’s going to have a great career at stud when he retires at the end of the season.

“During the winter we saw how much more professional he was. He’s strengthened and when William got off him after his first start in Dubai he said he was a different animal. He’s the finished article now.

“I’ve got a great team behind me and it’s great for Sheikh Mohammed and his family being here.

“We’ll give him a little break and work back from the Abbaye at some stage.”

Earlier in the day, it took Aidan O’Brein just two races to register his first winner in this year’s event. 15/8 favourite Arizona held off the well-fancied Threat in the Coventry Stakes, the first of two wins.

O’Brein showed his eye for a horse when he decided to drop Circus Maximus down a trip to land the St James’s Palace Stakes. The Galileo colt needed to be supplemented at a cost of £45,000 for the one mile contest after finishing sixth in the Epsom Derby earlier in the month.

It was an investment from the team that landed the £303,525 prize money for finishing first ahead of King Of Comedy and 2/1 favourite Too Darn Hot.

“Derrick (Smith), John (Magnier) and Michael (Tabor) all decided between themselves (to run in this race) and at 11.45am (on the day of supplementary entries) they let us know that they were thinking of doing this and we ran with it,” said O’Brein.

“It was a big challenge for the horse and it was a very difficult one to deal with – coming back (in trip) like that – and that’s why he had the blinkers on, because he didn’t have much time to learn.”

“In all fairness to the horse we pitched him in and asked him a difficult question. We always thought a mile and a mile and a quarter was his trip, even though we ran him in the Derby.”

14/1 Lord Glitters began the day with a win in the Queen Anne Stakes and set the tone for the favourites, with only one best-priced horse winning, Arizona.

The Grand Visir pipped Willie Mullins-trained Buildmeupbuttercup to win the Ascot Stakes and the final race was won by Addeybb, doubling jockey Daniel Tudhope’s tally after a win on Lord Glitters.

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