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ITV Racing tips Saturday 15 June - Live TV tips for Sandown, York and Chester

The ITV Racing cameras have live TV racing from Sandown, Chester and York on Saturday.

Brian Healy looks ahead to Saturday's ITV Racing coverage of the meetings from Sandown, York and Chester where he gives his race-by-race selections for all seven TV races.

All being well with the weather, the ITV Racing cameras will be in action on Saturday across three of the day’s scheduled fixtures with a seven-race line-up of live TV horse racing action.

The cameras will be rolling at Sandown, where the Listed Scurry Stakes takes centre stage at the Esher track; while up at York, there is further Listed action with the Race To The Ebor Grand Cup Stakes heading to post on the Knavesmire.

Completing Saturday’s TV action is a competitive handicap from Chester with the first race shown live at 1.50pm.

1:50 York - Queen Mother's Cup Handicap (For Lady Amateur Riders) Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 1m4f
2:05 Sandown - Randox Health Scurry Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo) 5f
2:25 York - JCB Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 7f
2:40 Chester - Whitley Neill Handcraft Gin Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-100) 1m4½f
3:00 York - Sky Bet Race To The Ebor Grand Cup Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m6f
3:15 Sandown - Randox Health Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-100) 1m
3:35 York - Pavers Foundation Catherine Memorial Sprint Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 6f

Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand to cover all the day’s TV racing, with their usual expert tips, insights and post-race analysis; while Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections for Saturday’s telly action.

1:50 York - Queen Mother's Cup Handicap (For Lady Amateur Riders) Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 1m4f


Both the hat-trick seeking pair of Makawee and Arctic Fox have to prove they can handle these much softer conditions; but both should remain competitive if the ground doesn’t inconvenience, while both have winning course form.

However, it might be worth chancing on one towards the foot of the weights, and BILLY NO MATES (14/1, Bet365, each-way) remains a relatively lightly-raced sort who may have more to offer on the back of his reappearance in April.

Michael Dods’ charge won twice last term, scoring at Ayr over six furlongs and then later winning at Thirsk in soft ground in September, beating My Ukulele readily. The Clodovil gelding was never a factor on his reappearance at Doncaster, eventually finishing fifth behind Forest Of Dean; but a further step up in trip could elicit some further improvement, and she can step up again.

He is untried at the longer trip, but proven ability in the mud is noteworthy, and there is stamina in his pedigree so the additional yardage may not prove too much of an issue. He is unexposed still, and every chance he can step up again to make the frame here.

2:05 Sandown - Randox Health Scurry Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo) 5f


LEODIS DREAM (10/3, Paddy Power) is forgiven his latest effort which saw the Dandy Man gelding finish last of 19 at York last month, with David O’Meara’s charge having reportedly bled. Even if he hadn’t bled, he had immediately given himself an uphill task at the start having been slowly away.

He had proven to be a progressive sort prior to that disappointing run, winning five of his six previous outings which included in softer ground at Catterick last October so these slower conditions shouldn’t prove much of a hindrance.

He won a shade cosily at Chester two starts ago, beating Recon Mission by a half-length, and he is worth another chance as a past course and distance winner to show his York run to be a one-off blip; while an ability to handle the conditions is another bonus so it would come as no surprise to see him leave his last run behind with a much better performance now. 

2:25 York - JCB Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 7f


ALJADY (8/1, Bet365) won each of his first three career starts, scoring in soft ground as a juvenile at Redcar and then winning both his first two starts as a three-year old before running a respectable sixth of 18 runners behind Medahim at Goodwood.

Richard Fahey’s charge rounded off last campaign by finding only Tabdeed too strong at Ascot in October, and the Bated Breath gelding showed he had trained on when finishing well for third on his reappearance at this venue last month.

Beaten around four lengths into the bronze medal berth by Soldier’s Minute, he gave the impression that a longer trip might suit so this extra furlong should be in his favour given the way he kept on last time out. 

Likely also to strip fitter for that reappearance, he looks capable of winning from this mark and with proven winning form in soft ground he could go close here with the potential for better still to come.

2:40 Chester - Whitley Neill Handcraft Gin Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-100) 1m4½f


GABRIAL THE ONE (10/1, Paddy Power) has a decent record on the Roodeye, making the frame in four of his six starts here, including when winning over this trip latest last month with a defeat of Never Do Nothing.

Richard Fahey’s charge ran out a three-parts of a length winner on that occasion, but he appeared to do the job a shade readily and a 4lbs rise in the weights may not prove enough of a barrier to further success.

The Zoffany gelding had also won at Pontefract last October over one mile, and he also placed in soft ground last term; while he ran fifth behind Sam Cooke over course and distance two starts ago in the mud.

He looks one who may have further progress to come, and with proven form in both the ground and over course and distance he ought to go well.

3:00 York - Sky Bet Race To The Ebor Grand Cup Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m6f


MEKONG (5/4, William Hill) proved no match for Dee Ex Bee last time out in the Henry II Stakes, but the Frankel gelding finished ahead of the reopposing Austrian School and Sir Michael Stoute’s charge can uphold that form here.

That was his first run since the previous October, while the third had had the benefit of two previous starts, and there was only a head between them at the line. 

However, the Stoute runner is a proven performer in the mud, winning three times last term of which two came in heavy conditions, including at this distance. Two miles may just have stretched him latest, but back at this yardage over which he has won twice he looks the one to beat with conditions in his favour.

He had Mark Johnston’s rival behind again when finishing runner-up to Ghostwatch in last season’s Listed Noel Murless Stakes at Ascot, and he should confirm his superiority over that rival here given that he is entitled to improve for his reappearance and is proven in the ground.

3:15 Sandown - Randox Health Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-100) 1m


SAWWAAH (11/2, Ladbrokes) won twice last term, winning at Newmarket on debut and then resuming winning ways back from three months off with a defeat of Dream Today at the same venue.

Softer ground proved no issue when Owen Burrows’ charge was denied only by a head into third behind Little Jo - again at Newmarket - in November, and the New Approach colt returned to Flat HQ for his reappearance where he finished third to the potentially useful Beringer.

Denied just over one length there, he possibly just found a lack of sharpness telling in the closing stages; but he finished ahead of a next-time winner, and he ought to be sharper now with that run under his belt.

Conditions here won’t faze him, and the application of cheekpieces ahead of this latest outing could coincide with some further improvement. He remains one to be positive about with the potential for improvement to come, and he can get back on the scoresheet here.

3:35 York - Pavers Foundation Catherine Memorial Sprint Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 6f


DAZZLING DAN (13/2, William Hill) has only once finished out of the frame in his six starts to date, and Pam Sly’s charge has chalked up two wins on the board which includes a soft ground victory at Doncaster last November where the Dandy Man gelding ran out a four lengths’ victor over Night Secret.

Runner-up on his return to action back at Doncaster in April, where he was denied only by a head behind Moraawed, he stepped up on that effort to get back to winning ways at Newmarket last month with a neck defeat of Dominus.

He appeared to win a shade readily that day, and so a 4lbs rise in the weights may not prove a sufficient enough barrier to further success given he has winning form in similar underfoot conditions.

Likely to still be going the right way, he may have better still to come and with the potential to improve further he gets the vote to strike again.

ITV RACING TIPS SATURDAY 15 JUNE - CHESTER, YORK & SANDOWN


1:50 York - BILLY NO MATES (14/1, Bet365, each-way).

2:05 Sandown - LEODIS DREAM (10/3, Paddy Power

2:25 York - ALJADY (8/1, Bet365)

2:40 Chester - GABRIAL THE ONE (10/1, Paddy Power)

3:00 York - MEKONG (5/4, William Hill)

3:15 Sandown - SAWWAAH (11/2, Ladbrokes)

3:35 York - DAZZLING DAN (13/2, William Hill)


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ITV Racing tips Saturday 15 June - Live TV tips for Sandown, York and Chester

Brian Healy looks ahead to Saturday's ITV Racing coverage of the meetings from Sandown, York and Chester where he gives his race-by-race selections for all seven TV races.

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