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ITV Racing tips Saturday 29 June - Live TV tips for Newmarket, Newcastle and York

The ITV Racing team are in action on Saturday with live racing from York, Newmarket and Newcastle.

Brian Healy gives his live TV tips and best bets for all of Saturday's televised horse racing action from the meetings at Newmarket, Newcastle and York.


The ITV Racing cameras are back in action on Saturday as seven live TV races go to post across three of the day’s meetings.

The feature Northumberland Plate spearheads the action at Newcastle where there will be four races live from Gosforth Park; while the Group Three Criterion Stakes heads up Newmarket’s Saturday offering where two races will be shown from the July Course at Flat HQ.

Completing the Saturday line-up is competitive handicap action from York where one race - the Sun Racing Handicap - will be shown live from the Knavesmire.

1:50 Newcastle - Betfair Exchange Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-100) 6f
2:05 Newmarket - Randox Health Empress Fillies' Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
2:25 Newcastle - Betfair Exchange Chipchase Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 6f
2:45 York - Sun Racing Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 6f
3:00 Newcastle - Betfair Exchange Northumberland Vase Handicap (Consolation Race For The Northumberland Plate) Cl2 (3yo+) 2m½f
3:15 Newmarket - Randox Health Criterion Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f
3:35 Newcastle - Betfair Exchange Northumberland Plate Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 2m½f

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

1:50 Newcastle - Betfair Exchange Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-100) 6f


With no shortage of pace in this race, it could pay to side with DALTON (8/1, Paddy Power) to follow up his last time win despite not having had any previous all-weather experience.

An Ayr winner for David O’Meara prior to joining Julie Camacho ahead of last season, the Mayson gelding won twice during the campaign with successful scores at Hamilton and Redcar, and he continued to acquit himself well in defeat thereafter which included finishing a good fifth in the Ayr Bronze Cup.

Possibly in need of the run on his reappearance at Thirsk in April, he stepped up on that effort to finish third behind Muscika back at the Yorkshire track prior to scoring at Nottingham earlier in June. He scored by a neck over Alaadel on that occasion, handling the heavy ground with ease, and he can go close here if coping with the switch to this surface.

A 4lbs rise in the weights doesn’t look overly harsh, and for all this is a step up in grade he could still be improving and can post a big effort here.

2:05 Newmarket - Randox Health Empress Fillies' Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 6f


Several progressive sorts on show, but SUMMER ROMANCE (5/4, Bet365) looked a cut above when making a taking introduction at Yarmouth earlier in the month, breezing clear to score readily over Bredenbury despite arguably not being totally fine in the conditions, and likely to improve for the experience the Godolphin runner can follow up.

Charlie Appleby’s Kingman filly was an expensive Breeze Ups purchase, but she immediately started to repay her lofty pricetag when easily scoring on her debut; and with that form having since been franked by the runner-up posting an impressive subsequent success of her own, she could well go on to better things.

Strictly on the book she probably has a little to find with twice-raced Star Alexander who was a good winner herself last time; while Shammah and Ursulina also have solid claims with the likelihood of further improvement. But, she posted some good sectionals on her debut despite the poor conditions, and with better ground here likely to suit then she could well find significant improvement and she can follow up here to maintain her perfect win record.


2:25 Newcastle - Betfair Exchange Chipchase Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 6f


INVINCIBLE ARMY (13/8, William Hill) was a shade disappointing in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes behind Blue Point last Saturday, but James Tates’ charge is worth another chance having won impressively on both previous starts this season.

A Doncaster winner on his reappearance, beating Major Jumbo, he followed up when beating the same rival at York; but he failed to fire last time, eventually crossing the line in seventh and beaten around five lengths.

It has to be a slight concern that the previous season started well before his form tailed off, and there is a slight fear that this campaign could well follow a similar trend; but this is a much easier assignment than that Ascot outing, and he won his only previous all-weather start - albeit on polytrack - when successful at Kempton during his debut season where he won the Group Three Sirenia Stakes.

Assuming the quick turnaround and the switch to tapeta don’t prove negatives then he ought to be hard to beat dropping back in grade, and he can quickly resume winning ways here.

2:45 York - Sun Racing Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 6f


GREAT PROSPECTOR (11/1, William Hill) hasn’t won since his juvenile debut at Nottingham back in June 2017, beating Tale Of Tails; but his juvenile form stacks up well, having subsequently finished less than one length behind Gustav Klimt in the Group Two Superlative Stakes, and he rounded off his campaign finishing sixth of nine runners in that season’s Dewhurst.

Richard Fahey’s charge continued to run well without winning last term, with the exception of perhaps being amiss over course and distance last June. However, he has been working his way back to form this term, and he has finished third in each of his last two starts which include finishing two lengths’ third here behind Firmament last time.

A drop back to sprinting ought not to pose too many problems given that this is likely to be run at a decent pace, and competing off the same mark as last time then it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see him deliver another solid run where he may still have the scope to do better from his current rating.

3:00 Newcastle - Betfair Exchange Northumberland Vase Handicap (Consolation Race For The Northumberland Plate) Cl2 (3yo+) 2m½f


Despite missing out on a place in the Northumberland Plate proper, the progressive CARNWENNAN (9/2, Ladbrokes) could gain some consolation, and Charlie Fellowes’ charge has improved for the step up in trip, finishing runner-up twice over two miles before posting back-to-back wins over the trip with successes at York and Chelmsford in May.

The Cacique gelding showed progressive form last term, winning at Nottingham with a defeat of Paddy A before going down by less than one length on his first attempt at this distance behind Seinesational at Kempton.

He finished off that race really strongly having been caught for pace earlier, and he proved the run to be no fluke when denied by a similar margin on his next outing at Doncaster in April follosing six months off behind Handiwork.

Only run down late in the day there, he showed the benefit of the run to get back to winning ways next time when taking a competitive York contest with a defeat of Mancini, scoring by almost two lengths, and he gave the impression that his improvement hadn’t yet reached its’ ceiling.

Having followed up again with a similar defeat of Vampish at Chelmsford latest, the four-year old now switches to tapeta which he will be experiencing for the first time on Saturday if lining up, and if the change in surface proves to be no issue then he could post a big run from just 4lbs higher in the weights despite this being a tougher assignment.

He remains unexposed as a stayer over two miles, having had just four starts at this marathon distance; he is open to further progress, and it wouldn’t come as a huge shock to see him find another jolt of improvement and going close in this competitive handicap contest where a strong pace and the stiff track will suit.


3:15 Newmarket - Randox Health Criterion Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f


Despite having to give away 5lbs to this field, it could be worth chancing on LIMATO (5/2, Totesport) to build on his encouraging fourth in the Duke Of York Stakes at York last month on his reappearance.

Henry Candy’s charge seemed to be on the wane last term before landing a hat-trick of wins during the autumn, which included victory over Zonderland on the Rowley Mile course when taking the Group Two Challenge Stakes.

The Tagula gelding finished out with the washing in the Champion Sprint at Ascot, but the soft ground would have been against him, and he was far from disgraced behind Invincible Army on his return where he crossed the line just over three lengths behind the impressive winner who could give that form a boost by winning the Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle.

His record fresh has never been particularly pleasing, but he ought to be much sharper now for that return to action and he can improve for the run. If he is able to run up to something like his best here then he could go close, and the former Group One winner ought to prove a tough nut to crack despite his weight concession to some similarly smart rivals.

The quick ground here is very much in his favour, and he’ll be hard to keep out of the frame so gets the vote to get back on the scoresheet having had plenty of time to recover from York.

3:35 Newcastle - Betfair Exchange Northumberland Plate Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 2m½f


Karen McLintock’s DUBAWI FIFTY (12/1, Coral) has only once finished outside the top four since joining this yard from James Tate, and the Dubawi gelding will be making his seasonal reappearance in a race he may well have been laid out for.

A past course and distance winner, he has thrived for a test of stamina, and he has proven winning form when fresh as he displayed when beating Tor at Ayr on his return from seven months off during the 2017 Flat season. That success was followed up by a win at Nottingham, and he was subsequently far from disgraced behind Withhold when finishing fourth to that rival in that season’s Cesarewitch.

Following a further break of almost three months, he struck wins at this venue and Wolverhampton during the winter months prior to returning to this venue in the spring where he posted a solid third of six runners behind American Gigolo, keeping on well having helped to force the pace.

Subsequently fourth in last season’s Chester Cup, where he was beaten around seven lengths behind Magic Circle, he delivered arguably his career best to date when finding only Lagostovegas too strong at Ascot in last season’s Ascot Stakes where he was trying to give the winner 4lbs. 

He almost took advantage of an enterprising ride under Sylvestre De Sousa, making most and being kicked for home between the last two furlongs, finding plenty but just enable to hold off the challenge of the eventual winner. He had the likes of Whiskey Sour, Coeur De Lion and Cleonte behind him that day, and although he hasn’t been seen since he could post a big performance if fully wound up ahead of his return.

With winning course and distance form to his name, as well as a good record on the surface in general then it isn’t hard to make a decent case for him to run well.


ITV RACING TIPS SATURDAY 29 JUNE - NEWMARKET, YORK & NEWCASTLE


1:50 Newcastle - DALTON (8/1, Paddy Power)

2:05 Newmarket - SUMMER ROMANCE (5/4, Bet365)

2:25 Newcastle - INVINCIBLE ARMY (13/8, William Hill)

2:45 York - GREAT PROSPECTOR (11/1, William Hill)

3:00 Newcastle - CARNWENNAN (9/2, Ladbrokes

3:15 Newmarket - LIMATO (5/2, Totesport

3:35 Newcastle - DUBAWI FIFTY(12/1, Coral)


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Brian Healy gives his live TV tips and best bets for all of Saturday's televised horse racing action from the meetings at Newmarket, Newcastle and York.

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