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Today’s free horse racing tips: Best bets for Saturday’s ITV racing at Newbury and Newmarket

THE WEEKEND PUNT

WE'VE been spoiled with some top-class racing over the last few weeks.

And with the Ebor Festival coming up, there are a few horses running on Saturday who can help boost the betting bank ahead of York's big meeting.

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Having spent an age looking at the Hungerford Stakes, I keep coming back to the conclusion that DREAM OF DREAMS (3.35 Newbury) will be hard to beat.

The high-class five-year-old hasn't won as many races as he perhaps should have during his career, but there is no doubting his ability.

He was unlucky not to beat Blue Point in last year's Diamond Jubilee, and he was probably backed up a bit too quick after that huge run in the July Cup and his form fell off a cliff after that.

So it was great to see him return with such a fine effort in the Diamond Jubilee 56 days ago, again storming home from off the pace to finish a narrow second, this time to Hello Youmzain.

But his master trainer has taken his time with him this season as he looks the type who will appreciate time between runs, while the booking of champion jockey Oisin Murphy, who is riding like a man possessed right now, is always a nice bonus.

The step up to 7f is no issue - he has plenty of solid form over the trip and over this flat, galloping track, this distance could actually prove his optimum.

He handles all sorts of ground, so with the uncertainty around the weather forecast, you can at least rest easy that he goes on anything. The same can't be said of the three-year-old's Threat and Surf Dancer.

Significant rain will bring last year's winner Glorious Journey into contention, but he has a penalty to contend with.

PRINCE OF HARTS (2.25 Newbury) appeals at decent odds in the big 1m handicap.

He has his first start for Stuart Williams having enjoyed a fine campaign for Rod Millman in 2019.

He has several pieces of form which suggest he isn't badly-treated off 92, including a fine third at Ascot when he was on the tail of the now 100-rated Muraad.

And he followed that up with a second at this same track behind the talented Flashcard, who was rated 107 before he was sold to Hong Kong, where he was clearly second best having been given plenty to do from out the rear of the field.

He ended his campaign with a gutsy win on heavy ground at Windsor, so if thunderstorms turn the ground testing that won't be an issue.

He has won fresh in the past so the 299-day lay-off isn't a concern, while the likes of Overwrite, King Carney and Pride Of America should ensure a good gallop.

Saturday selections

2.25 Newbury - Prince Of Harts 1pt win @ 9-1

3.00 Newbury - Tritonic 1pt EW @ 12-1 (already advised antepost)

3.35 Newbury - Dream Of Dreams 2pts win @ 5-2

4.00 Doncaster - Blackheath 0.5pts EW @ 18-1

Up at Donny, BLACKHEATH (4.00 Doncaster) is well worth an each-way punt.

Things just haven't gone his way the last twice, when he has been denied a clear run in a couple of heritage handicaps at Newmarket and Ascot.

He had run out a ready winner off 2lb lower over this trip at Yarmouth previously, and for all this is still a decent race it is far less competitive than his previous two assignments.

Thus far, Town Moor has avoided heavy thunderstorms, so fingers crossed it remains that way because the five-year-old loves to hear his hooves rattle, while the booking of title-chasing Tom Marquand, who is 1-1 on the horse, is a plus.

Granted, the top two in the betting Tinker Toy and Ghalyoon are unexposed and could be better than handicappers, but the selection is still on the upgrade himself and looks overpriced for a horse with valid excuses for a couple of defeats.

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