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ITV Racing tips Saturday 26 January - Live TV tips for Doncaster and Cheltenham

The ITV Racing team are back in action on Saturday with live TV racing from Doncaster and Cheltenham.

Brian Healy gives his live TV tips for Saturday's televised coverage of Cheltenham Festival Trials Day, and Doncaster's Sky Bet Chase meeting.

The ITV Racing cameras return to our screens on Saturday with another bumper crop of top-class horse racing action which takes in the best of the day’s racing from both Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham, and also Sky Bet Chase day at Doncaster.

Featuring no less than five Grade Two contests, there is plenty for armchair punters to look forward to on a seven-race broadcast.

1:50 Cheltenham - Spectra Cyber Security Solutions Trophy Handicap Chase (Grade 3) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4½f
2:05 Doncaster - Albert Bartlett River Don Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m½f
2:25 Cheltenham - BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m1½f
2:40 Doncaster - olbg.com Yorkshire Rose Mares' Hurdle (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m½f
3:00 Cheltenham - Ballymore Novices' Hurdle (Registered As The Classic Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4½f
3:15 Doncaster - Sky Bet Handicap Chase (Listed Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m
3:35 Cheltenham - galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m

Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand once more to offer their expert tips, insights and post-race analysis on all the day’s TV racing, and Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections for the day’s telly action.

1:50 Cheltenham - Spectra Cyber Security Solutions Trophy Handicap Chase (Grade 3) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4½f


WAR SOUND (10/1, William Hill) is given another chance to build on his reappearance win at Aintree, and Philip Hobbs’ charge can bounce back from a disappointing run in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup where his jumping let him down.

The Kayf Tara gelding showed decent form over the larger obstacles last term, finishing fourth or better in all his starts which included no less than five runner-up finishes; while he also finished fourth behind Mister Whitaker here on this card last January.

A six lengths’ winner over King’s Odyssey at Aintree on his return, he had five subsequent winners all in arrears, and he struggled to get competitive here in a strong renewal of the Caspian Caviar last time out

Forgiven that effort given he ha shown good and consistent form previously, he is chanced to bounce back from that lesser run latest, and if he jumps better then he could go close.

2:05 Doncaster - Albert Bartlett River Don Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m½f


TRUCKERS LODGE (7/4, William Hill) has several good efforts to his name, including winning at Chepstow two starts ago with a ten lengths’ defeat of Braventara; after which he was denied only by a half-length behind Virginia Chick back at the Welsh venue latest.

The Westerner gelding won on better ground for Tom George at Southwell prior to joining forces with Paul Nicholls, so underfoot conditions at Town Moor on Saturday are unlikely to faze him despite his recent good efforts coming on softer ground. 

He has found improvement since being stepped up to three miles, responding well to run out an easy ten lengths winner over Braventara, and then going close back there latest, and having looked a smart stayer in the making in recent outings over this trip there could be better to come. 

This is a step up in class as he tries Graded company for the first time; but he could be equal to the task and open to further improvement over this trip he can give Paul Nicholls a third win in the race.

2:25 Cheltenham - BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m1½f


The ever-improving Frodon should give a good account, but Paul Nicholls’ charge has to give weight away all round to his five rivals, while he has yet to try a trip this far. Minella Rocco meanwhile can’t be ruled out if showing something like his Gold Cup runner-up form from a couple of seasons ago.

Welsh Grand National winner Elegant Escape may prefer softer ground, so TERREFORT (7/2, William Hill) is given the vote to collect this Grade Two prize, and the Martaline gelding can post a big effort under Daryl Jacob who sides with the six year old over connections’ other runner, Valtor.

A multiple winner in France for Guillame Macaire prior to joining this yard, he showed plenty of classy form last term, winning three of his four starts which included two novices’ Grade One successes at Sandown and Aintree.

The former of those wins saw him beat recent Ascot winner Cyrname, while he saw off Ms Parfois in the latter, having sandwiched a runner-up effort in the JLT Novices’ Chase inbetween those successes.

Having suffered injury when finishing a distant last of four runners behind Colin Tizzard’s Elegant Escape, where he jumped poorly and sustained a hamstring injury, he has been given time to recover from his setback and if bouncing back to the level of form he showed in his novice campaign then he can post a big effort if none the worse following his injury.

Terrefort (left) can get back on the scoresheet at Cheltenham.

2:40 Doncaster - olbg.com Yorkshire Rose Mares' Hurdle (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m½f


Lady Buttons goes from strength to strength this term, winning with the minimum of fuss latest; but IRISH ROE (10/3, William Hill) can bounce back to form having found the track at Musselburgh against her last time.

Peter Atkinson’s Vinnie Roe mare was a dual-winner at this venue last term, and she chased hime Maria’s Benefit in this race twelve months ago. Although beaten behind Lady Buttons on her seasonal return at Wetherby, that defeat came from level weights, and she is 4lbs better with her old adversary now.

Back at this venue where she has a very good record, she could make the most of the weight she receives from Philip Kirby’s improving star to gain some revenge for her Wetherby reversal.

3:00 Cheltenham - Ballymore Novices' Hurdle (Registered As The Classic Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m4½f


Birchdale looked a really nice prospect when winning at Warwick on his hurdles debut, showing a nice change off pace off a steady gallop to win by four lengths; but BREWIN’UPASTORM (9/4, William Hill) can bounce back to winning form having ran with credit in the recent Challow Hurdle.

The Milan gelding finished fourth on that occasion behind Champ, unable to go with the winner but not beaten far for the places with little over one length between the runner-up, third and fourth. He had looked a potentially high-class hurdling recruit the time before at Huntingdon when impressively seeing off Brecon Hill, while his classy bumper form includes a defeat of Portrush Ted.

He ran a shade freely at Newbury, and he possibly may just have a stamina doubt up this stiff finish if doing so again here; but as a winning pointer, he offers hope that the trip won’t be an issue if settling better, and with the potential for further improvement he can go close here.

3:15 Doncaster - Sky Bet Handicap Chase (Listed Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m


WILLIE BOY (10/1, William Hill) gets the verdict to come out on top in what is sure to be a fiercely competitive renewal of this classy contest, and Charlie Longsdon’s charge could yet have more to offer over the larger obstacles.

A smart chaser for Venetia Williams previously, he surpassed his early hurdles form to post back-to-back wins at Uttoxeter and Newbury prior to finishing sixth to Oldgrangewood back at Newbury where he may have been amiss.

Given a break, he was in the process of running well behind The Storyteller in the Brown Advisory Plate at the Cheltenham Festival when falling four out, and he was put away for the season. Wind surgery and a move to Charlie Longsdon followed, and he shaped well on his stable and seasonal debut at Wetherby behind Acdc, although he probably just needed the outing to blow away the cobwebs.

The Tikkanen gelding was again in the process of running well at Cheltenham in the BetVictor Gold Cup when falling at the same fence as he did during the Festival; he was yet to be asked for effort on that occasion, and he was still well in touch and competitive when coming to grief.

Equipped with first-time cheekpieces, he bolted up back at Wetherby on Boxing Day with an eleven-lengths success over Oak Vintage, travelling strongly and jumping well to post an impressive win. 

The handicapper has hit him with a 9lbs rise for that success, but the manner of the win suggested there was still better to come. He’ll be trying three miles for the first time under Rules, but he has won a point-to-point previously which offers hope that he’ll get the longer trip.

Still lightly-raced, he has looked progressive since joining this yard, and he can post a big effort.

3:35 Cheltenham - galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m


A cracking renewal of this Grade Two prize, with last year’s winner Agrapart back to defend his crown; but BLACK OP (9/2, William Hill) can get back to winning ways and begin to rebuild his season after a disappointing spell over fences.

Tom George’s charge looks every inch a chaser, but the Sandmason gelding failed to pulled up any trees in two starts over the larger obstacles where he has finished third both times at Exeter and here latterly.

A progressive and high-class novice over hurdles last term, he was a Doncaster winner in January prior to chasing home Santini here in the Classic Novices’ Hurdle on this card; and he then chased home Samcro in the Ballymore Hurdle prior to winning his first Grade One at Aintree when beating Lostintranslation.

A point-to-point winner, he returns to the smaller obstacles here where a step up on trip could well deliver a jolt of improvement back over hurdles, while he has the form in the book to mount a serious challenge if the longer distance proves a positive.

ITV RACING TIPS SATURDAY 26 JANUARY - CHELTENHAM & DONCASTER


1:50 Cheltenham - WAR SOUND (10/1, William Hill)

2:05 Doncaster - TRUCKERS LODGE (7/4, William Hill)

2:25 Cheltenham - TERREFORT (7/2, William Hill)

2:40 Doncaster - IRISH ROE (10/3, William Hill)

3:00 Cheltenham - BREWIN’UPASTORM (9/4, William Hill)

3:15 Doncaster - WILLIE BOY (10/1, William Hill)

3:35 Cheltenham - BLACK OP (9/2, William Hill)


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ITV Racing tips Saturday 26 January - Live TV tips for Doncaster and Cheltenham

Brian Healy gives his live TV tips for Saturday's televised coverage of Cheltenham Festival Trials Day, and Doncaster's Sky Bet Chase meeting.

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