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ITV Racing tips Saturday 17 August - Live TV tips for Newbury, Newmarket and Ripon

The ITV Racing team are in action on Saturday with TV racing from Newbury, Newmarket and Ripon.

Brian Healy gives his live TV tips and best bets for Saturday's televised action from the meetings at Newbury, Newmarket and Ripon.

Another cracking Saturday afternoon of horse racing action awaits armchair punters as the ITV Racing cameras return to TV screens across the country with a seven-race line-up featuring the pick of the day’s horse racing action from the meetings at Newbury, Newmarket and Ripon.

The feature race of the day comes from Newbury where the Group Two Hungerford Stakes goes to post, and there will be four races shown live from the Berkshire track. Meanwhile, at Ripon where there will be two televised races, the latest renewal of the Great St Wilfrid Handicap is the day’s main event in Yorkshire.

Completing Saturday’s televised line-up is one race from Newmarket where a competitive handicap goes to post at Flat HQ.

1:50 Newbury - Denford Stakes (Listed Race) (formerly The Washington Singer Stakes) Cl1 (2yo) 7f

2:05 Ripon - William Hill Silver Trophy Handicap (Consolation Race For The William Hill Great St Wilfrid Stakes) Cl2 (3yo+) 6f

2:25 Newbury - Unibet Geoffrey Freer Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m5½f

2:45 Newmarket - Unibet Grey Horse Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 6f

3:00 Newbury - Unibet Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 7f

3:15 Ripon - William Hill Great St Wilfrid Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 6f

3:35 Newbury - Unibet Hungerford Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f

Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again to offer up their usual expert tips, insights and post-race analysis on Saturday’s action, and Brian Healy gives his race-by-race picks for all seven TV races.

1:50 Newbury - Denford Stakes (Listed Race) (formerly The Washington Singer Stakes) Cl1 (2yo) 7f


Pyledriver and Thunderous both put unbeaten records on the line, but JUAN ELCANO (5/4, William Hill) can get back on the scoresheet having found only one too good last time out in the Superlative Stakes, and Roger Varian’s charge sets the standard on that run.

The Frankel colt made an impressive start to his career when readily running out a neck winner over Subjectivist despite not looking entirely comfortable on the ground and racing green throughout following a tardy start.

However, he was well on top at the finish and that form has since been boosted by the runner-up and third both scoring subsequent wins. He stepped up on that experience to be denied only by one length behind Mystery Power at Newmarket latest in Group Two company, and he sets the benchmark on that effort.

Still with the potential for better, a repeat of that last outing could be good enough to see him get back to winning ways here. 

2:05 Ripon - William Hill Silver Trophy Handicap (Consolation Race For The William Hill Great St Wilfrid Stakes) Cl2 (3yo+) 6f


This looks a tricky contest with no real pace angle, and so the race may develop into a tactical sprint for the line; it could be worth chancing then on Richard Fahey’s GROWL (10/1, Coral) who can go well despite his recent profile looking decidedly patchy.

The Oasis Dream gelding is winless for the better part of three years, last tasting success back in November 2016 when winning the Listed Wentworth Stakes at Doncaster in the wake of an excellent runner-up effort behind The Tin Man in that season’s Champion Sprint.

Still capable of good form, he hit a good patch around this time last term, including finishing third in last season’s Great St Wilfred Stakes; and his best effort this campaign has come behind Gulliver at York in June where he finished runner-up.

Ninth when last seen out in the Stewards’ Cup, he finished only a half-length behind a subsequent winner and he has been eased 3lbs in the weights since. It wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see the seven-year old going close here, and while his recent form figures aren’t particularly inspiring, he has the ability to get involved if at his best.

2:25 Newbury - Unibet Geoffrey Freer Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m5½f


Any further easing of the ground will certainly suit MORANDO (6/5, Bet365) who ought to appreciate the drop back to this easier grade having been outclassed in recent outings at higher levels.

Andrew Balding’s Kendargent gelding won the St Simon Stakes here last October, and he returned from a break to run out an impressive winner over Kew Gardens at Chester on his reappearance in May to score in the Ormonde Stakes.

He has struggled since, but his subsequent runs have come behind Defoe (twice) jn Group One and Group Two company, and Enable latterly in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.

He should find this easier back in Group Three company, and he has won his last two starts at this level, while the greater emphasis on stamina could help eke out some improvment and he can go well in his bid to get back on the scoresheet with conditions here likely to suit.

2:45 Newmarket - Unibet Grey Horse Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 6f


LETHAL ANGEL (8/1, Bet365) has been knocking hard on the door to the winners’ enclosure in recent starts, and Stuart Williams’ charge must surely kick it down before much longer in the wake of a string of consistent efforts since returning from a break.

The Lethal Force filly has just one win to her name, scoring at Chelmsford last October, and since reappearing from four months off the track at Doncaster in April she has found the frame in all six outings in 2019 and latterly she found only Look Surprised too strong at Windsor earlier in the month.

She races off the same mark of 70 as in recent outings, and her last outing saw her almost overcome a slow start over the minimum trip where she finished off strongly. Back up in trip here, she can continue to run well and every chance that she can go one better to double her career win tally with another solid effort looking likely.

3:00 Newbury - Unibet Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 7f


Ripp Orf is dangerous to discount easing in grade, but the smaller field may not play to his strengths and fellow class-dropper GEORGE WILLIAM (5/1, Paddy Power) can go one better than his latest runner-up effort over course and distance.

The Paco Boy gelding was a multiple winner for Richard Hannon, with his last win coming at Salisbury back in October 2017 from a mark of 97. He disappointed subsequently following that win, and he moved to Ed Walker for whom he shaped well on his stable debut and reappearance from a 432-day absence when finishing fifth behind Land Of Legends at Newmarket in June.

He showed the benefit of that run however to find only Makzeem too good over this course and distance, although he was beaten four lengths. He’s now eased in the weights, and his current mark sees him compete from 4lbs lower than his last winning mark.

He drops into a Class 3 here, and he is 3-5 at this level, while softer ground is no issue and it would be no surprise to see him firmly in the mix.


3:15 Ripon - William Hill Great St Wilfrid Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 6f


BELATED BREATH (14/1, Ladbrokes) bids to get back on the scoresheet here having finished third on each of her last two starts, and Hughie Morrison’s charge can go close.

The Bated Breath filly won four times over this trip last year, and she has been in largely good heart this campaign with a return to winning ways following her reappearance when successful bat Windsor in May.

Although not at her best in a Listed contest on the all-weather subseqeuntly, she has gone on to finish third at Newmarket behind Sunday Star where she was beaten one length; and she filled the same spot on her last outing at Windsor when touched off only by a head behind Show Stealer.

That was a good effort given her draw position, and the winner, runner-up and fourth all raced on the opposite side of the track. She is only 2lbs higher here, and it may pay to be drawn high with the ground drying out at the Yorkshire venue so there appears every chance of a big effort by the four-year old who can go close here.

3:35 Newbury - Unibet Hungerford Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f


Sir Dancealot can go well again as he bids to win this race for a second year, and he had several of these behind when winning a second Lennox Stakes at Goodwood last month. 

However, it could be worth chancing on HEY GAMAN (4/1, Ladbrokes) to overturn Goodwood form with the prospect of rain less likely to inconvenience him, and James Tate’s charge can gain revenge.

A French Group Three winner earlier in the campaign, he found only subsequent Group One winner Romanised too good at the Curragh where he lost a shoe, and he lost no caste in defeat at Goodwood last time out where he possibly didn’t handle the track as well as the winner.

Versatile with regards to ground and trip, having won on a range of underfoot conditions and distances, the consistent New Approach colt can give another good account, and it would be no surprise to see him firmly in the mix here at this venue where he has won before and which may suit him better than Goodwood.


ITV RACING TIPS SATURDAY 17 AUGUST - NEWBURY, RIPON & NEWMARKET



1:50 Newbury - JUAN ELCANO (5/4, William Hill)

2:05 Ripon - GROWL (10/1, Coral)

2:25 Newbury - MORANDO (6/5, Bet365)

2:45 Newmarket - LETHAL ANGEL (8/1, Bet365)

3:00 Newbury - GEORGE WILLIAM (5/1, Paddy Power)

3:15 Ripon - BELATED BREATH (14/1, Ladbrokes)

3:35 Newbury - HEY GAMAN (4/1, Ladbrokes)

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ITV Racing tips Saturday 17 August - Live TV tips for Newbury, Newmarket and Ripon

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