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ITV Racing tips Saturday 24 August - Live TV tips for York and Goodwood

The ITV Racing cameras are back in action on Saturday with live TV racing from York and Goodwood.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race tips and best bets for Saturday's TV coverage of the meetings from York and Goodwood.

The ITV Racing cameras have been in action at York all week as the Ebor Festival meeting unfolds, and Ed Chamberlain and the team return to the Knavesmire on Saturday for one last hurrah at the top-class fixture where four races will be shown live including the competitive Ebor Handicap.

In addition to York, there will also be action shown live from the card at Goodwood where the Group Two Celebration Mile takes centre-stage at the Sussex track where two races will be shown as part of Saturday’s broadcast.

1:50 York - Sky Bet And Symphony Group Strensall Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m1f

2:05 Goodwood - Ladbrokes Celebration Mile Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m

2:25 York - Sky Bet Melrose Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m6f

2:40 Goodwood - Ladbrokes Prestige Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 7f

3:00 York - Sky Bet City Of York Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f

3:40 York - Sky Bet Ebor Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (4yo+) 1m6f

The team will have their usual expert tips, insights and post-race analysis on all of the day’s live racing action, and Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections for Saturday’s TV racing.

1:50 York - Sky Bet And Symphony Group Strensall Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m1f


A cracking race in prospect to kick off Saturday’s televised action, and despite there being only a half-dozen runners going to post there is no shortage of quality.

And it could be that WISSAHICKON (15/8, Bet365) can bounce back from his run last time out when surprisingly turned over on All-Weather Champions Day at Lingfield back in April where he clearly ran below his best.

John Gosden’s Tapit colt had won five of his previous six starts which include posting an impressive success in the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket last autumn, and he found further improvement stepped up to ten furlongs to win twice at Listed level on the all-weather before running out an easy winner of the Winter Derby.

For whatever reason he failed to give his running when last seen, but the form nevertheless looks decent given the winner has largely acquitted himself well in Group company since, as well as adding a Listed win to his record; and he can show himself to be a good deal better than his last performance.

Assuming a four month break hasn’t taken the edge off him then he can bounce back here and quickly resume his progression to get back on the scoresheet with a slight drop in trip likely to prove no issue.


2:05 Goodwood - Ladbrokes Celebration Mile Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m


Perhaps not the strongest renewal of this Group Two prize, but there are nevertheless some improving types to consider with Duke Of Hazzard and Beat Le Bon in the line-up, and both are progressive and arrive on the back of win.

However, this could go the way of SKARDU (11/4, Coral) who has his sights eased out of Group One company, and the drop to a lesser grade can see William Haggas’ charge come home in front.

The Shamardal colt has been contesting in some stiff assignments this term, but he has run with credit in each of those runs which has seen him contest both the the English and Irish 2000 Guineas, and also the St James’s Palace Stakes where his form figures read 344 in that trio of efforts.

The latter outing at Ascot has worked out quite well, and with the drying ground at the Sussex venue likely to be in his favour then he can get back on the scoresheet here where he drops down into a relatively weak Group Two contest.

2:25 York - Sky Bet Melrose Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m6f


KIEFER (7/1, William Hill) has met with defeat in his last two outings, but the Pour Moi colt could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet.

Eve Johnson Houghton’s charge was a winner at Newbury back in May, beating Alhaazm by three-parts of a length, and he subsequently hasn’t been beaten far behind Desert Icon at Salisbury next time where he was racing from out of the weights..

Third at Ascot latest where he finished thiree lengths third behind Western Duke, there is a suspicion that he is capable of better still and that he has the potential to post a big run. Arguably unlucky last time having met with trouble in running, he remains with scope off this mark and the increased emphasis on stamina here as he goes up in trip could yield further progress so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him going close here.

2:40 Goodwood - Ladbrokes Prestige Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 7f


SHADN (5/1, Paddy Power) found the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot too much of a test, but the No Nay Never filly won either side of that lesser effort and Andrew Balding’s charge can win again.

A Listed winner at Newbury last time out, finding plenty for pressure, she’ll need a bit more stepping up in class to a Group Three contest. However, the form of her win looks fair with a subsequent winner since coming out of the race, while another has run with some credit in the recent Richmond Stakes.

An obviously tougher assignment, she could nevertheless have better to come and a further step up in trip could unlock additional improvement so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him getting involved here.

3:00 York - Sky Bet City Of York Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f


The tough and admirable Laurens is sure to prove a tough nut to crack again having got back on the scoresheet with a win at Deauville latest in the Prix Rothschild. However, the drop to seven furlongs from one mile might just catch her out and she could be worth taking on on this occasion.

While Karl Burke’s charge should win this if running up to her best form, it could be worth chancing Irish raider SPEAK IN COLOURS (7/1, Bet365) to cause an upset for Joseph O’Brien, and the Excelebration colt is thorougly unexposed over this seven furlong trip having shaped well on his first try at the trip behind Sir Dancealot at Goodwood latest.

A Listed and Group Three winner at the Curragh, he was arguably unlucky not to finish closer at Goodwood than he did in the Lennox Stakes where he was hampered approaching the last furlong where he was trying to challenge; but he ran on well again late and was getting closer with each stride.

This clearly demands more taking on a multiple Group One winner, but there is a suspicion that he has a big run in him and taking another crack at this longer trip he can produce some further improvement.

3:40 York - Sky Bet Ebor Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (4yo+) 1m6f


The lightly-raced WELLS FARHH GO (16/1, William Hill) can’t be judged too harshly on his latest run in the Goodwood Cup, as Tim Easterby’s charge was flying high taking on Stradivarius and others, and he went off too hard in that Group One contest where he set a fierce pace before wilting out of contention.

The pace aside, he might also have found the longer trip at Goodwood stretching him, and he is of interest here dropping back in trip and stepping out of Group company for the first time since winning on his debut here back in July two years ago, after which he also won the Acomb Stakes at this venue on his next outing.

The Farhh colt showed progressive form as a three-year old, and having been set a couple of stiff tests on his first two runs back in the Dante and King Edward VII Stakes - finishing sixth both times - he got back on the scoresheet when grinding out a two lengths win over Loxley at Newmarket when stepped up in trip for the Bahrain Trophy.

Although he was slightly disappointing next time behind Old Persian in the Great Voltigeur on his next outing, he suffered a gallops injury which subsequently ruled him out of the St Leger and he was absent for almost one year before making a winning return to action in the Listed Fred Archer Stakes at Newmarket in June prior to that Goodwood run.

This is his first try in a handicap where an opening mark of 112 could prove workable, and he looks to hold solid claims dropping out of Pattern company in a race where he may not need to set the fractions in front although he is likely to race prominently.

He didn’t appear to be stopping at the end of 1m 5f in last season’s Bahrain Trophy, and while two miles possibly stretched him latest - although he did set off like a scalded cat - this distance very much looks as if it will suit, and the lightly-raced four-year old could have more to offer still returning to this venue which has suited him in the past.


ITV RACING TIPS SATURDAY 24 AUGUST - YORK & GOODWOOD


1:50 York - WISSAHICKON (15/8, Bet365)

2:05 Goodwood - SKARDU (11/4, Coral)

2:25 York - KIEFER (7/1, William Hill)

2:40 Goodwood - SHADN (5/1, Paddy Power)

3:00 York - SPEAK IN COLOURS (7/1, Bet365)

3:40 York - WELLS FARHH GO (16/1, William Hill)

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ITV Racing tips Saturday 24 August - Live TV tips for York and Goodwood

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race tips and best bets for Saturday's TV coverage of the meetings from York and Goodwood.

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