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ITV Racing tips Friday 17 May - Live TV selections for York and Newbury

The ITV Racing cameras are in action on Friday with live coverage of the meetings from York and Newbury.

Brian Healy assesses Friday's live TV coverage of the cards at York and Newbury, and he gives his live TV tips for a cracking afternoon of telly racing action.

The ITV Racing cameras are back in action on Friday with live TV coverage of two meetings across the UK.

The cameras will be rolling at York as the third and final day of the Dante Festival meeting takes centre state, where the Group Two Yorkshire Cup is the feature; while there is also a visit to Newbury for a competitive sprint handicap contest.

1:50 York - Langleys Solicitors British EBF Marygate Fillies' Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 5f
2:10 Newbury - Coolmore Stud Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 6f
2:25 York - Oaks Farm Stables Fillies' Stakes (Reg As The Michael Seeley Memorial Fillies' Stakes) (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo) 1m
3:00 York - Matchbook Yorkshire Cup Stakes (Group 2) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m6f
3:35 York - Matchbook "Best Value" Exchange Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 1m2½f

Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again to offer up their usual expert tips, insights and post-race analysis on all Friday’s events, and Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections for the day’s TV coverage.

1:50 York - Langleys Solicitors British EBF Marygate Fillies' Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 5f


Friday’s TV coverage gets underway with a Listed contest, and FLEETING PRINCESS (6/1, William Hill) is taken to come out on top in a race which features several potentially smart fillies in opposition, and the contest is sure to prove informative.

Jeremy Noseda saddles the Dandy Man filly who made a taking first impression when scoring on debut at Yarmouth, beating Taste The Nectar by one length.

She kept on well in that contest, but having run green early she very much gave the impression that the experience was probably needed although she got better as the race unfolded and was well on top at the finish.

She looks sure to improve on the back of that first outing, and with the potential for considerably to come she looks worth chancing to follow up on that debut success with Ryan Moore taking the reins again.


2:10 Newbury - Coolmore Stud Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 6f


HABUB (11/4, Bet365) is 2-2 in his short career, with both wins coming on the all-weather; Owen Burrows’ charge could however prove just as good on turf and the War Front colt gets the vote to make it a hat-trick of successes.

A two lengths’ winner over Muneyra at Chelmsford on debut last September, he found improvement on the back of seven months off to strike a second win at Lingfield with a five lengths’ defeat of Gonzaga, and there may be better still to come switching to this surface.

The form of that last win is only ordinary, but the manner in which he won suggests he could be a potentially smart sort and he can find another jolt of progress on the back of that run to strike again.

He makes his turf and handicap debut here, and if he can handle this different surface then an opening rating of 93 could well prove lenient given he is open to considerable improvement still, and it would be no surprise to see him run well again to land the three-timer for all this is a tougher test of his credentials than either all-weather win previously.

2:25 York - Oaks Farm Stables Fillies' Stakes (Reg As The Michael Seeley Memorial Fillies' Stakes) (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo) 1m


More Listed on the card for the second race at York, and EL GUMRYAH (14/1, Paddy Power) is the selection, having had Musidora winner Nausha behind when getting off the mark at Kempton in Apri.

Simon Crisford’s charge could well follow up in the wake of that success, given that the form was boosted on Wednesday by Nausha landing that valuable prize earlier in the week.

The No Nay Never filly had made the frame on all three previous outings as a juvenile, twice finishing third on turf in starts at Goodwood and Newmarket, and then finding only Hostess too strong at Chelmsford on her final start of the season.

She made all the running at Kempton latest, keeping on well, and with the potential for better still then she could be worth keeping onside to post another big run so it would come as no surprise to see her firmly in the frame again despite probably requiring to find some further progress in a race where she locks horns with several potentially smart fillies in opposition.


3:00 York - Matchbook Yorkshire Cup Stakes (Group 2) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m6f


Top-class stayer and defending champion Stradivarius is the obvious choice to win this prize, but it could be worth chancing on ISPOLINI (5/1, William Hill) who is an improving stayer and he should ensure John Gosden’s star doesn’t get everything his own way.

The Godolphin runner posted his last run in the UK when finishing fourth in the Chester Vase; but he has wintered well in Dubai, winning twice which included the Nad Al Sheba Trophy, and he wasn’t beaten far behind Cross Counter in the Dubai Gold Cup in March.

That rival had won last season’s Gordon Stakes enroute to the Melbourne Cup, and Charlie Appleby’s Dubawi gelding might just have found his stamina stretched at Meydan when crossing the line just over one length in arrears.

While he probably has to improve on what he has shown thus far, he remains capable of better and he is rated only 4lbs below John Gosden’s star, while he is in receipt of 3lbs from the same. He is 2-2 over this distance, and with ground conditions no problem then he could post a big effort; he may not topple the reigning champion from extending his unbeaten run, but he should be competitive at least and he ought to make the frame.

The defeat of Too Darn Hot on Thursday gives some hope that the defending champion may not arrive here fully wound up, so he could be worth taking on in this contest and the Godolphin runner should give a good account.


3:35 York - Matchbook "Best Value" Exchange Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 1m2½f


In the TV finale, it could be worth chancing on GRANDEE (15/2, William Hill) to continue his resurgence for his new yard with a big performance on the Knavesmire.

The five-year old was a dual-winner in Ireland for Jessica Harrington, which included scoring in a Listed contest at Leopardstown; but having left Ireland for David O’Meara, the Lope De Vega gelding proved largely disappointing last term, failing to win and appearing to lose his way towards the end of a poor campaign which saw him hit the frame just four times from 13 outings.

He is enjoying a better spell now however, having since joined Roger Fell, and after posting a creditable fourth - beaten just over two lengths - at Doncaster, he stepped up markedly on that outing to get back to winning ways with an easy five lengths’ success over Illustrissime.

A dual-winner was behind him that day, and while the handicapper has reacted harshly with a 9lbs rise in the weights following that outing, he remains with handicapping scope based on his old form. 

While he has to back up that recent return to form and prove it was no fluke, he is one to be interested in at the weights, and he could post a big effort with Ben Sanderson’s 5lbs claim a valuable resource in this contest.

ITV RACING TIPS FRIDAY 17 MAY - YORK & NEWBURY


1:50 York - FLEETING PRINCESS (6/1, William Hill)

2:10 Newbury - HABUB (11/4, Bet365)

2:25 York - EL GUMRYAH (14/1, Paddy Power)

3:00 York - ISPOLINI (5/1, William Hill)

3:35 York - GRANDEE (15/2, William Hill)

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ITV Racing tips Friday 17 May - Live TV selections for York and Newbury

Brian Healy assesses Friday's live TV coverage of the cards at York and Newbury, and he gives his live TV tips for a cracking afternoon of telly racing action.

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