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ITV Racing tips Saturday 22 December - Live TV tips for Haydock and Ascot

The ITV Racing team are back in action on Saturday with live TV action from Haydock and Ascot.

Brian Healy gives his live TV tips for the televised races from Haydock and Ascot on Saturday, including the JLT Long Walk Hurdle.

The ITV Racing cameras return to action on Saturday with six live races taking in the best of the action from the meetings at Ayr, where the Grade One JLT Long Walk Hurdle takes centre stage; and also from Haydock where the competitive Tommy Whittle Chase goes to post at the Merseyside venue.

1:50 Ascot - My Pension Expert Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+ 0-145) 2m3f
2:05 Haydock - £50 Risk Free On Racing With Smarkets Handicap Hurdle Cl2 (3yo+) 2m3f
2:25 Ascot - Jlt Hurdle (Registered As The Long Walk Hurdle) (Grade 1) Cl1 3m½f
2:40 Haydock - Smarkets Tommy Whittle Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+ 0-145) 2m7f 
3:00 Ascot - Garrard Silver Cup Handicap Chase (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m 
3:35 Ascot - Betfair Exchange Trophy (A Handicap Hurdle) (Grade 3) Cl1 1m7½f 

Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again to deliver their expert tips, insights and post-race analysis; and Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections for all six televised races.

1:50 Ascot - My Pension Expert Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+ 0-145) 2m3f


Janika is a very interesting runner on his UK debut for Nicky Henderson, and he could be well treated off this mark thrust straight into a handicap; but he could struggle to give 8lbs to MAGIC SAINT (7/2, Coral) who has had the benefit of a run this season, and the Saint Des Saints gelding can get back on the winning trail.

Paul Nicholls’ charge was a multiple chase winner in France for Guillame Macaire prior to joining the Ditcheat handler, and he shaped well on his first outing for his new handler when finding only Activial too strong at Haydock last month, possibly needing the outing.

Despite being beaten a fair way, he in turn was clear of the rest which included a next-time winner; he travelled well for a long way before finding less than looked likely, and this lesser trip could help him get home.  

2:05 Haydock - £50 Risk Free On Racing With Smarkets Handicap Hurdle Cl2 (3yo+) 2m3f


BALLYMOY (7/4, William Hill) bumped into Kalashnikov on his first start over hurdles for Nigel Twiston-Davies, but in the wake of that run the Flemensfirth gelding racked up a four-timer which included a defeat of I’m A Game Changer on his seasonal return at Chepstow in October.

Far from disgraced when finishing fourth in the Gerry Fielden Hurdle at Newbury back at the beginning of the month, that was a solid effort to finish five lengths’ fourth; he can progress again on the back of that effort, and this rates a slightly easier assignment dropping in class into a Class Two contest.

This longer trip looks very much in his favour, and likely to have better to come he can get back on the scoresheet here.

2:25 Ascot - JLT Hurdle (Registered As The Long Walk Hurdle) (Grade 1) Cl1 3m½f


PAISLEY PARK (8/1, Coral) is going the right way over hurdles, and Emma Lavelle’s Oscar gelding could spring a surprise win in this Grade One cotnest.

A Hereford winner last term on his hurdling debut, he posted back-to-back runner-up efforts at Doncaster and Warwick prior to failing to act around Cheltenham in the Albert Bartlett where a first-time visor possibly proved more of a hindrance than a help.

The headgear has been dispensed with for both runs this campaign, and the Oscar gelding has won both starts with wins on his return at Aintree and then following up in the Haydock Stayers’ Hurdle last month, keeping on strongly to beat Shades Of Midnight.

This demands more, and he’s not certain to be fully effective on this testing ground; but he won on soft ground on his hurdling debut, and still unexposed as a staying hurdler he is worth a crack at this level with the potential to improve further.

2:40 Haydock - Smarkets Tommy Whittle Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+ 0-145) 2m7f 


DAKLONDIKE (10/1, Boylesport) is forgiven two lesser runs over fences, both of which came on the back of absences, and David Pipe’s charge should strip fitter for his return to action at Cheltenham behind Rock The Kasbah last month.

The Gold Well gelding looks all about stamina, and he’ll have no issue with the underfoot conditions; he took really well to chasing last term with three wins which includes Newbury’s Mandarin Chase last December, and a first-time visor could help deliver a jolt of improvement.

Still only a six-year old, he remains relatively low mileage and still has the potential to improve further. This test looks a suitable one, and he can build on his reappearance run to go close.

Daklondike can win the Tommy Whittle Chase for David Pipe.



3:00 Ascot - Garrard Silver Cup Handicap Chase (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m 


GOLD PRESENT (9/2, William Hill) took this prize twelve months ago, beating Frodon by three lengths, and Nicky Henderson’s charge could be up to the task of successfully defending his crown.

The Presenting gelding failed to fire in two subsequent outings behind Coo Star Sivola at Cheltenham in the Ultima Chase, and Joe Farrell at Ayr in the Scottish Grand National where he may have failed to see out the trip. 

But, following wind surgery he posted a solid return to action behind Politologue in the Christy 1965 Chase and he can build on that performance back up in trip. 

He turns out here off the same mark as when posting that run which saw him only give way late behind the King George VI Chase hope, and also subsequent Peterborough Chase winner Charbel; and if he can handle the softer ground at the Berkshire venue then he can go close once more. 

3:35 Ascot - Betfair Exchange Trophy (A Handicap Hurdle) (Grade 3) Cl1 1m7½f


A cracking contest to round off Saturday’s TV action could go to LISP (12/1, Ladbrokes) who found only Global Citizen too strong when contesting the recent Gerry Fielden Hurdle, and Alan King’s charge can go one better here.

The Poet’s Voice gelding won twice last term, scoring in testing conditions at Plumpton and Fontwell prior to posting a sound third behind Turning Gold at Haydock; he was a subsequent faller behind Veneer Of Charm in the Fred Winter, only getting as far as the third hurdle.

Impressive back at Fontwell on his return, beating And The New by seven lengths, he took another forward step with that Newbury silver medal finish, beating the reopposing Mont Des Avaloirs into third and he can confirm that form whilst going one place better here.

ITV RACING TIPS SATURDAY 22 DECEMBER - ASCOT & HAYDOCK


1:50 Ascot - MAGIC SAINT (7/2, Coral)

2:05 Haydock - BALLYMOY (7/4, William Hill)

2:25 Ascot - PAISLEY PARK (8/1, Coral)

2:40 Haydock - DAKLONDIKE (10/1, Boylesport)

3:00 Ascot - GOLD PRESENT (9/2, William Hill)

3:35 Ascot - LISP (12/1, Ladbrokes


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ITV Racing tips Saturday 22 December - Live TV tips for Haydock and Ascot

Brian Healy gives his live TV tips for the televised races from Haydock and Ascot on Saturday, including the JLT Long Walk Hurdle.

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