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ITV Racing tips Saturday 25 May - Live TV tips for Goodwood, Haydock, York and the Curragh

The ITV Racing cameras have nine races live on Saturday from Goodwood, Haydock, York and the Curragh in Ireland.

Brian Healy gives his live TV tips for Saturday's ITV Racing coverage of the meetings from Goodwood, York, Haydock and the Curragh.

Saturday boasts a busy ITV Racing crop of televised horse racing action, with a bumper nine TV races going to post across four of the afternoon’s UK and Irish horse racing fixtures.

The cameras will be in action at Goodwood on Saturday for two races from the Sussex track, featuring Listed and handicap contests; while York’s racecard also contributes two races to the live TV cause where there is Group Three racing.

The bulk of the action on Saturday comes from Haydock where the Group Two Sandy Lane Stakes and Group Two Temple Stakes are both on the card at the Merseyside track; while the cameras also head to the Curragh in Ireland to broadcast live the Irish 2000 Guineas.

1:55 Goodwood - Betfair Best Odds On ITV Races Festival Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m2f
2:15 Haydock - Amix Ready Mixed Concrete Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 2m
2:30 Goodwood - Betfair Each Way Edge Handicap Cl2 (3yo) 7f
2:50 Haydock - Amix Silver Bowl Handicap Cl2 (3yo) 1m
3:05 York - William Hill Bronte Cup Fillies' Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m6f
3:25 Haydock - Armstrong Aggregates Sandy Lane Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo) 6f
3:35 Curragh - Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas (Group 1) (Entire Colts & Fillies) (3yo) 1m
3:45 York - William Hill Leading On Course Bookmaker Sprint Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 5f
4:00 Haydock - Armstrong Aggregates Temple Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 5f

Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand to show the action live, and they will have their usual expert tips, insights and post-race analysis; and Brian Healy has race-by-race tips for all nine televised races on Saturday.

1:55 Goodwood - Betfair Best Odds On ITV Races Festival Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m2f


EXTRA ELUSIVE (4/1, William Hill) won on debut on his sole two-year old start, scoring at Newbury with a defeat of First Eleven; Roger Charlton’s charge subsequently struck in two of his four starts last term which included over this trip.

The Mastercraftsman colt possibly just found the trip too much in soft ground on his final start at Newbury in the Legacy Cup, and he has made the frame in both outings this campaign which includes in the Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown latest behind Crystal Ocean.

That winner has won again since, and this is a slight drop back in class; there could be more to come from the lightly-raced four-year old, and the application of first-time blinkers could help deliver further improvement so it wouldn’t come a surprise to see him competitive again especially if the headgear has a positive effect.


2:15 Haydock - Amix Ready Mixed Concrete Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 2m


Eden Rose is chasing a hat-trick of wins and a fourth win in five starts; but they have all come on the all-weather and Mick Channon’s charge is worth taking on on her return to turf with PIRATE KING (5/1, William Hill) who ought to come on for a solid third on his return to action at Doncaster earlier in the month.

Harry Dunlop’s Farhh colt got off the mark at the third attempt, scoring at Doncaster last June with a defeat of White Light; but he was unable to match that level of form in two subsequent outings in handicaps where he beat only one rival home collectively.

However, he showed improved form back from a break when finishing three lengths’ third behind Mugatoo latest, and he could find further improvement over this two miles’ trip while also having been eased 1lb in the weights.

He probably does need to find some progress, but he is uexposed as a stayer and proven on grass so he is perhaps worth taking a chance with from his basement mark to get back to winning ways. 

2:30 Goodwood - Betfair Each Way Edge Handicap Cl2 (3yo) 7f


DUBAI LEGACY (10/3, Ladbrokes) won two of his three starts last term, scoring wins at Doncaster and Epsom over six furlongs either side of finding the Coventry Stakes at Ascot too much of a test.

Saeed bin Suroor’s charge ran out an impressive winner on the latter occasion, where he sported a first-time hood, to defeat Napanook by just over one length, and the Discreet Cat colt found a chunk of improvement on his reappearance at Newcastle earlier in the month when stepped up to this trip with a defeat of Glorious Lover.

The third from that race has since won from a mark of 96, so switching to a turf handicap from 98 following a 3lbs rise in the weights looks well within his scope and he can find further improvement to strike again here despite not wearing a hood on this occasion.

With the advantage of race-fitness on his side he can best the returning Flashcard who looked a smart prospect last term, and he can enhance his own winning record with further success.


2:50 Haydock - Amix Silver Bowl Handicap Cl2 (3yo) 1m


OASIS PRINCE (6/1, Paddy Power) is thriving at present, winning all three starts on turf having shaped with promise on debut on the all-weather, and Mark Johnston’s charge can continue his winning streak.

The Oasis Dream colt is one of four runners in the race for the Middleham trainer, and he was last seen getting the better of Loch Ness Monster on his handicap debut when scoring by a head.

He showed a good attitude that day, keeping on well and finding plenty for pressure; there could be more to come from him with just a 4lbs rise to contend with, and while he probably does need to improve in order to uphold that form with Michael Appleby’s charge on worse terms, he still remains an unexposed sort who should continue to progress.

Franny Norton steered him to victory last time, and the veteran pilot is in the saddle again; the pair can combine for another success here.

3:05 York - William Hill Bronte Cup Fillies' Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m6f


PILASTER (3/1, William Hill) is given another chance having raced too keenly for her own good on her return to action at Nottingham last month, and Roger Varian’s charge can do better with that run under her belt.

The Nathaniel filly looked a potentially smart sort last term, winning three times which included Goodwood’s Lillie Langtry Stakes prior to finishing third behind God Given in the Park Stakes at Doncaster.

Probably unsuited by the lesser test and the soft ground when disappointing in the Champion Fillies’ and Mares’ race at Ascot, she was absent until making her return at Nottingham in the Listed Further Flight Stakes where she was beaten four lengths behind Elegiac.

Despite that run, she ought to prove sharper now for that reappearance, and she can do better here given that she remains relatively unexposed.

3:25 Haydock - Armstrong Aggregates Sandy Lane Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo) 6f


Only four runners go to post for this Group Two prize, with CALYX (2/9, Bet365) appearing to have scared away most of the opposition; John Gosden’s charge is impossible to oppose here in any case, and the Kingman colt should continue his winning spree.

2-2 last term which included victory in the Coventry Stakes at Ascot back in June, he was subsequently absent until making his return to action with a bloodless Pavilion Stakes win back at Ascot earlier in the month where he still looked inexperienced and raw.

Despite that, he was well on top at the end, posting an impressive four lengths’ verdict over No Nonsense and Konchek, and he is sure to improve further for that reappearance effort which surely will bring her on.

This very much looks a penalty kick for the son of Kingman who is yet to be extended in his three outings to date, and it would be a big shock if he were to come up short here and suffer defeat.


3:35 Curragh - Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas (Group 1) (Entire Colts & Fillies) (3yo) 1m


The first and third from the Newmarket Qipco 2000 Guineas lock horns again, with Magna Grecia seeking to confirm the form with Skardu; while Too Darn Hot turns out quicky just nine days after his defeat at York in the Dante.

However, despite conceding race-fitness to that trio, it could be worth chancing on Charlie Hills’ PHOENIX OF SPAIN (14/1, Bet365, each-way) to post a big effort, and the Lope De Vega colt can continue the race-by-race progress he showed last term.

Strictly on juvenile form, he has a bit to find with both Too Darn Hot - who beat the selection in the Champagne Stakes - and Magna Grecia, who got the better of Charlie Hills’ charge in the Vertem Futurity Trophy; but he was hampered in the latter run, otherwise the result might have been different and he appeared to appreciate the stiffer test.

That form is all the stronger now, with the winner of course going on to win the colts’ Classic at Newmarket; while the third, fourth and sixth horses all followed up that Doncaster outing with subsequent wins.

This of course represents no easy task given he makes his reappearance here against proven high-class rivals who have the benefit of a run; but he looks a value proposition at likely double-digit odds to post a big effort, and at an each-way price he may be worth chancing.

3:45 York - William Hill Leading On Course Bookmaker Sprint Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 5f


The progressive Leodis Dream could prove a tough nut to crack, but EL ASTRONAUTE (8/1, Coral) drops back into a handicap having contested in Group company the last twice, and John Quinn’s charge can get back to winning ways.

The Approve gelding won three times last campaign, which included two of his last three starts - one of which was here - and having shaped well on his reappearance in the Borderlescott Handicap at Musselburgh on his return, he was only beaten around three lengths by Mabs Cross in the Palace House Stakes.

Sixth on that occasion, he filled the same berth behind the impressive Invincible Army in the Duke Of York Stakes here ten days ago, and back in a handicap he looks weighted to go close. He has been dropped 1lb in the weights following that last run, while the booking of a crack Irish apprentice catches the eye, and his 5lbs claim could prove invaluable.

A drop back to five furlongs is another tick in the plus column, and he looks set for a big run if recent exertions don’t catch up with him.


4:00 Haydock - Armstrong Aggregates Temple Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 5f


In a classy renewal of this Group Two prize, it could be worth chancing on KACHY (4/1, Paddy Power) though to blaze a trail to Group Two success, and Tom Dascombe’s charge has been imperious on the all-weather following wind surgery, racking up a trio of impressive all-the-way wins.

The Kyllachy gelding has already proven himself to be a very smart performer on turf, winning impressively in a Listed contest at Chester last campaign before finishing a close third in this race twelve months ago where he was only run down late.

Strictly on the weights for this latest renewal, he has to find some improvement as he was getting 5lbs from Battash twelve months ago, while the pair meet now on level terms; but wind surgery has certainly appeared to deliver a jolt of improvement, and proven stamina for further could stand him in good stead as he drops back to five furlongs having struck over six furlongs for his three all-weather wins.

He has shown blistering and relentless speed on all three of those wins, and if showing similar back on turf then he could prove tough to peg back in this contest.

ITV RACING TIPS SATURDAY 25 MAY - HAYDOCK, GOODWOOD, YORK & CURRAGH


1:55 Goodwood - EXTRA ELUSIVE (4/1, William Hill)

2:15 Haydock - PIRATE KING (5/1, William Hill)

2:30 Goodwood - DUBAI LEGACY (10/3, Ladbrokes

2:50 Haydock - OASIS PRINCE (6/1, Paddy Power)

3:05 York - PILASTER (3/1, William Hill)

3:25 Haydock - CALYX (2/9, Bet365)

3:35 Curragh - PHOENIX OF SPAIN (14/1, Bet365, each-way)

3:45 York - EL ASTRONAUTE (8/1, Coral)

4:00 Haydock - KACHY (4/1, Paddy Power)

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ITV Racing tips Saturday 25 May - Live TV tips for Goodwood, Haydock, York and the Curragh

Brian Healy gives his live TV tips for Saturday's ITV Racing coverage of the meetings from Goodwood, York, Haydock and the Curragh.

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