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ITV Racing tips Saturday 27 July - Live TV tips for Ascot and York

ITV Racing have live Saturday horse racing action from Ascot and York.

Brian Healy looks over Saturday's ITV televised horse racing action from Ascot and York and gives his race-by-race selections for the day's telly racing.

The ITV Racing team gear up towards next week’s Glorious Goodwood meeting with a seven-race card on Saturday that features the Group One King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes from Ascot as the showpiece race of the afternoon.

There will also be competitive handicap action on the card with the International Stakes, as well as the Group Three Keeneland Stakes.

Not to be outdone, York’s Saturday card features the Group Two York Stakes, while there is also the latest renewal of the Sky Bet Dash Handicap on the Knavesmire.

1:50 Ascot - Princess Margaret Keeneland Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
2:05 York - Sky Bet "Get Knotted" Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 7f
2:25 Ascot - Porsche Handicap Cl2 (3yo) 1m
2:40 York - Sky Bet Dash Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 6f
3:00 Ascot - Moet & Chandon International Stakes (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 7f
3:15 York - Sky Bet York Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m2½f
3:40 Ascot - King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4f

Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again with their usual expert tips, insights and post-race analysis; and Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections for Saturday’s live TV action.

1:50 Ascot - Princess Margaret Keeneland Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 6f


SUMMER ROMANCE (Evens, Unibet) was an expensive purchase at the Breeze Up sales, and the Kingman filly has repaid a chunk of her asking price by winning both starts to date in impressive fashion.

Charlie Appleby’s charge was a Yarmouth winner in the mud back in June, but she stepped up considerably on that form to run out a six lengths’ winner over Ursulina in a Listed race at Newmarket later in the same month.

That bare form has taken a few knocks, but she was a hugely impressive winner and there is sure to be further improvement still to come from her. She already heads the ante-post 1000 Guineas betting following that facile win, and this further step up in class is unlikely to faze her so every chance she can land the three-timer here despite the presence of several similarly-promising types in opposition.

2:05 York - Sky Bet "Get Knotted" Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 7f


Get Knotted turns out again in the race which he has won for the past three years, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him go well in this race which is named after Michael Dods’ sprinter.

However, STARLIGHT ROMANCE (12/1, Bet365, each-way) is given another chance to get back on the scoreboard returned to the Knavesmire, and Richard Fahey’s charge usually runs well at this venue as evidenced when just edged out by a nose here in May.

The Excelebration mare finished a half-length runner-up in this race twelve months ago from a mark 3lbs higher than he races from here, and while he has disappointed in both outings following his latest York near-miss, a return to this track could see an improved effort.

With an excellent 5lbs claimer on board to assist the mare at the weights, she can bounce back to form and no surprise if she goes close.

2:25 Ascot - Porsche Handicap Cl2 (3yo) 1m


FLASHCARD (6/1, Bet365) is 6lbs better off with recent Newmarket conquerer Motakhayyel, and that could be enough to see the Fast Company gelding turn the tables.

Andrew Balding’s charge was a dual-winner last term, and he has continued to show progressive form this term, building on each run and he was beaten just over two lengths behind his reopposing rival despite racing keenly and not being ideally placed to challenge in the contest.

Despite the clear-cut margin, he ran better than the bare result might otherwise suggest and he could be worth chancing to gain some revenge on these more favourable terms.

He remains with the potential to do better still, and while he has had two more runs than his last-time conquerer, he can take advantage of the weight concession here.

2:40 York - Sky Bet Dash Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 6f


GOLDEN APOLLO (11/1, William Hill, each-way) could be worth chancing to bounce back despite some recent lacklustre performances.

Tim Easterby’s Pivotal gelding is on a losing streak stretching back to the 2017 Shergar Cup Sprint; but the five-year old was in decent heart last term without adding to his tally, including finishing a close second to Flying Pursuit in this contest where he was beaten only a neck.

He struggled in a trio of runs thereafter in some of the top handicap sprints, including the Great St Wilfred Stakes and the Ayr Gold Cup, and his runs this campaign haven’t set the heather alight so he’ll need to bounce back to form if he’s to collect this valuable prize.

His last outing saw him finish eight lengths’ eighth behind Air Raid at Hamilton earlier in the month in the Scottish Stewards’ Cup, where he was slowly away; but he had run well the time before though when finishing two lengths’ third to Gulliver over course and distance.

A previous course and distance winner who has largely acquitted himself well when racing on the Knavesmire, he turns out here from a mark 4lbs below the rating from which he finished runner-up twelve months ago, and he is 2lbs better off with Flying Pursuit from that encounter; while he had the same horse in arrears in that latest Knavesmire outing.

He is capable of posting a much better effort than has been the case in the majority of starts this term, and while he may ideally prefer slightly softer conditions he could post a big run.


3:00 Ascot - Moet & Chandon International Stakes (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 7f


SPANISH CITY (16/1, Ladbrokes, each-way) has been running consistently well in these big-field handicaps, and Roger Varian’s charge could finally land a nice prize as a reward for his good runs.

The Exceed And Excel gelding hasn’t won since scoring at Doncaster last June, but he has gone on to finish sixth or better in each of his subsequent nine starts which include in this race twelve months ago where he finished just under two lengths behind defending champion Burnt Sugar where he met with trouble in running and was arguably unlucky not to finish closer than he did.

He has continued his good run of form into this season, latterly finishing just over one length fourth behind Vale Of Kent - who also reopposes - in the Bunbury Cup and he is 8lbs better off here.

First-time blinkers are now applied, and the headgear could have a positive effect with a potential for improvement so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him continue with his consistent form and he could get involved here.

3:15 York - Sky Bet York Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m2½f


A cracking renewal of this Group Two prize, with BANGKOK (9/2, William Hill) taken to get back to winning ways.

Andrew Balding’s star is 2-2 over this trip, winning his first two starts of the season over the distance before finding the undulations of Epsom against him in the Derby.

He ran well over the longer trip last time out at Royal Ascot behind Japan, who has won again since, and a repeat of that effort could well see him go close.

The return to ten furlongs is very much in his favour, and he caught the eye travelling strongly at Ascot before meeting trouble in running. He probably wouldn’t have beaten the winner even with a clear run, but it wouldn’t come as a huge shock to see him posting a big effort in this race under Sylvestre De Sousa and with the quicker ground very much in his favour having possibly just found the ground a little dead at Ascot.

3:40 Ascot - King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4f


Despite Crystal Ocean and Defoe both arriving on the back of last-time wins, and also with the presence of the Epsom Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck, ENABLE (4/6, Unibet) is very hard to get away from, and the Nathaniel mare continues to carry all before her.

One of only a handful of three-year old winners of this race since the turn of the millenium - which goes against the chances of Anthony Van Dyck - she has tasted defeat just once in her career which came at Newbury on her turf debut back in April 2017.

Since that reversal she has gone on to win her next ten starts, collecting big prize after big prize and she ought to prove a tough nut to crack once more.

Many thought that she might have been vulnerable at Sandown on her reappearance in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes, but those doubts were quashed with a typically professional performance to deny the classy Magical by three-parts of a length.

That rival had the benefit of fitness over John Gosden’s star, but it wasn’t enough of an edge and Enable appeared to win a shade cosily in the end. Given that was her first run of the campaign, she can be expected to strip fitter for the outing which could spell trouble for her rivals as she ought to improve on that performance as a result.

She could become the first horse to regain the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes crown, and it will take a very good one to stop her if she is at her best here.

ITV RACING TIPS SATURDAY 27 JULY - ASCOT & YORK


1:50 Ascot - SUMMER ROMANCE (Evens, Unibet)

2:05 YORK - STARLIGHT ROMANCE (12/1, Bet365, each-way)

2:25 Ascot - FLASHCARD (6/1, Bet365)

2:40 YORK - GOLDEN APOLLO (11/1, William Hill, each-way)

3:00 Ascot - SPANISH CITY (16/1, Ladbrokes, each-way)

3:15 YORK - BANGKOK (9/2, William Hill)

3:40 Ascot - ENABLE (4/6, Unibet)

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ITV Racing tips Saturday 27 July - Live TV tips for Ascot and York

Brian Healy looks over Saturday's ITV televised horse racing action from Ascot and York and gives his race-by-race selections for the day's telly racing.

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