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ITV Racing tips Thursday 16 May - Live TV tips for York and Salisbury

The ITV Racing cameras are in action on Thursday with live TV racing from Salisbury and York.

Brian Healy looks ahead to Thursday's live TV horse racing action from York and Salisbury, and he has tips and selections for all five televised races.

The ITV Racing cameras return to our screens on Thursday to cover five live TV races from the second day of the York Dante Festival meeting, and also action from Salisbury where there is intriguing handicap action on the card featuring some promising sorts.

The feature race of the afternoon is the eponymously-titled Dante Stakes, a Group Two contest which often serves as a trial for the Epsom Derby, and all eyes will be on John Gosden’s unbeaten Too Darn Hot as he bids to cement his place in the Classic line-up.

1:50 York - Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 5f
2:10 Salisbury - Byerley Stud British EBF Fillies' Handicap Cl3 (3yo 0-90) 1m2f
2:25 York - Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Middleton Fillies' Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m2½f
3:00 York - Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo) 1m2½f
3:35 York - Matchbook Betting Podcast Hambleton Handicap Cl2 (4yo+) 1m

Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again with their usual expert tips, insights and post-race analysis, and Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections for Thursday’s televised horse racing action from both meetings.

1:50 York - Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 5f


Thursday’s TV coverage kicks off with a competitive handicap sprint contest, and it could be worth keeping an eye on COPPER KNIGHT (12/1, William Hill) who may be capable of posting a big run in the opener.

Tim Easterby’s Sir Prancealot gelding was disappointing in this race twelve months ago, but that was his first run of the season and he might have needed the return. Subsequently, he went on to win three times during the campaign which included a course and distance success in October where he beat Camacho Chief.

He remained competitive and made the frame in subsequent outings at Catterick and Doncaster prior to getting back on the winning trail at Nottingham with a win over Terentum Star; and he has looked as good as ever this term, returning from a break to finish fourth to Saaheq in the Scottish Sprint Cup, and building on that run to go down only by a length at Chester last week behind Merhoob.

The five-year old normally reads a run or two to put him spot on, and having been beaten on his first two starts last term he struck at the third attempt, so he could follow suit here on the back of a pair of defeats.


2:10 Salisbury - Byerley Stud British EBF Fillies' Handicap Cl3 (3yo 0-90) 1m2f


Holes can certainly be picked in the winning form of FRISELLA (5/2, William Hill) who struck on her reappearance at Chelmsford back in March, but it could be worth chancing John Gosden’s representative to find the improvement needed to follow up.

The Frankel filly shaped with promise on her turf and racecourse debut at Haydock last July, finding only Cupboard Love too strong by a half-length where she finished off the race well having been squeezed for room.

That race has thrown up subsequent winners with the third and fourth horses home both scoring since - the fourth has won four of her next six - and while the Gosden runner was unable to back up that performance on the Wolverhampton tapeta next time, finishing third, she appeared to find improvement for the step up to this trip on her return and application of a first-time hood.

She scored readily there, and while the form doesn’t amount to much there could be more to come from her this term. An opening rating of 80 doesn’t look unduly harsh, and while she probably does need to find some further improvement, it wouldn’t be a surprise if she were to progress again for powerful connections.

She is bred to be useful so every chance she has more to offer, and she is chanced to win this contest taking on similarly unexposed rivals.  

2:25 York - Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Middleton Fillies' Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m2½f


This contest looks all about the returning LAH TI DAR (1/2, Coral), and this contest should represent a decent chance for John Gosden’s runner to get back on the winning trail.

The Dubawi filly showed her class last term to win her first three starts either side of an injury break which robbed her of a chance at Classic glory in the Epsom Oaks, for which she was well-fancied. Two of those wins were at Listed level, where she easily beat Light Of Joy on the second occasion to score by ten lengths, and she found only the tough Kew Gardens too strong in the St Leger, beaten two lengths, when thrust into Group company for the first time.

She was possibly stretched by that longer trip, but there wasn’t a great deal wrong with her subsequent third behind Magical in the Champion Fillies’ & Mares’ Stakes, at Ascot, where she was beaten less than two lengths into third.

The softer ground on that occasion was probably against her, so it was a creditable run in the circumstances; while that form has been franked by the winner since.

With a better surface to contend with here, she should appreciate the drop back to ten furlongs for this Group Two contest, and she is likely to prove a tough nut to crack. 

John Gosden’s charge ought to take plenty of beating if near her best on her reappearance, and she can get back on the scoresheet here.


3:00 York - Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo) 1m2½f


A cracking renewal of this prize sees Too Darn Hot put his unbeaten record on the line, and John Gosden’s classy star looks the one to beat as he bids to extend his unbeaten record to 5-5.

But Aidan O’Brien could be the one to end the streak with a potentially classy performer of his own in the shape of JAPAN (11/2, Paddy Power) who looked a high-class performer last term, winning two of his three starts, and the Galileo colt is open to plenty of improvement.

Probably in need of the run and experience on his debut at the Curragh, he showed the benefit of that run to step up and register back-to-back wins at Listowel and Naas, the latter of which came when beating Mount Everest by a short-head to win the Group Two Beresford Stakes.

That form is decent although it falls below that of a few of these rivals; but he very much looked in that success as if a stiffer test of stamina would suit, and stepping up to ten furlongs here could unlock significant improvement on his return to action.

He will need to progress if he is lower the colours of the unbeaten Gosden runner who is currently 4-4 and a top-class prospect; but like the selection he has to prove stamina for this longer trip, and Aidan O’Brien’s charge looks more stoutly bred to see out this extra distance. 

A big run by the Galileo colt wouldn’t come as a surprise, and with the longer trip a potential source of improvement he gets the vote to come out on top here.

3:35 York - Matchbook Betting Podcast Hambleton Handicap Cl2 (4yo+) 1m


BLESS HIM (14/1, William Hill) has an absence to overcome returning from nine months off the track, but David Simcock’s charge could be worth chancing to make a winning reappearance with the conditions of this race likely to play to the strengths of the Sea The Stars gelding.

A dual-winner on his debut season, which included winning the 2017 Brittania Stakes, he wasn’t disgraced on his final start behind Dutch Connection in the Supreme Stakes, and he largely acquitted himself well in four runs last term which included finishing ninth in the Royal Hunt Cup - beaten five lengths - and also finishing third here to Wadilsafa over course and distance on his penultimate start.

Not seen to best effect in the Shergar Cup Mile where he pulled his head off and burnt himself out chasing a steady pace, he ought to be more suited by the stronger pace he is guaranteed to get here and he is handicapped to post a big effort if fully wound up ahead of his reappearance.

He’ll need things to drop right for him given he likes to come fast and late, but the strong-travelling Sea The Stars gelding should get the pace he needs to be best effective, and he could post a big run.


ITV RACING TIPS THURSDAY 16 MAY - YORK & SALISBURY


1:50 York - COPPER KNIGHT (12/1, William Hill)

2:10 Salisbury - FRISELLA (5/2, William Hill)

2:25 York - LAH TI DAR (1/2, Coral)

3:00 York - JAPAN (11/2, Paddy Power)

3:35 York - BLESS HIM (14/1, William Hill)


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ITV Racing tips Thursday 16 May - Live TV tips for York and Salisbury

Brian Healy looks ahead to Thursday's live TV horse racing action from York and Salisbury, and he has tips and selections for all five televised races.

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