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ITV Racing tips Saturday 19 January - Live TV tips for Haydock and Ascot

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

Brian Healy gives his live TV tips and best bets across Saturday's televised horse racing action at Haydock and Ascot.

A cracking afternoon of live TV horse racing action goes to post on Saturday as the ITV Racing cameras return to our screens with a seven-race line-up of classy equine action across two meetings.

The cameras will be rolling at Ascot, where the latest renewal of the Grade One Clarence House Chase goes to post, and while defending champion and triple-race winner Un De Sceaux won’t be bidding for a fourth win in the race, all the attention will be on Champion Chase winner Altior as Nicky Henderson’s charge continues his preparations for the defence of his Cheltenham crown.

There is also a trio of Grade Two races taking place at Haydock, headed by the Unibet Hurdle, which this year will be run in commemoration of the recently retired The New One, who captured the valuable prize on four occasions.

1:50 Ascot - OLBG.com Mares' Hurdle (Grade 2) (Registered As The Warfield) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m7½f
2:05 Haydock - Sky Bet Supreme Trial Rossington Main Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m7½f
2:25 Ascot - Matchbook Holloway's Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m3½f ITV4
2:40 Haydock - The New One Unibet Hurdle (Registered As The Champion Hurdle Trial Hurdle) (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m7½f
3:00 Ascot - bet365 Handicap Chase Cl2 (5yo+) 2m5f
3:15 Haydock - Peter Marsh Handicap Chase (A Limited Handicap) (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m1½f
3:35 Ascot - Matchbook Clarence House Chase (Grade 1) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m1f ITV4

Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again to offer up their usual expert tips, insights and post-race analysis on all Saturday’s TV action, and Brian Healy gives his race-by-race picks for the day’s telly racing.

1:50 Ascot - OLBG.com Mares' Hurdle (Grade 2) (Registered As The Warfield) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m7½f


CULTURE DE SIVOLA (10/3, Unibet) was value for more than the official winning margin when successful at Kempton latest, and Nick Williams’ charge could find a further jolt of improvement to follow up.

That Kempton outing came in a handicap, where she readily saw off Molly Childers, who has won subsequently over fences. Despite hitting a flat-spot mid-race, she came back onto the bridle and travelled strongly into the business part of the race where she kept on strongly to score by almost two lengths with the rest well beaten.

There is surely better to come from the Assessor mare who knows how to win races, and with the potential for better still to come, she could be worth chancing to strike again despite this much tougher grade.

With trip and ground ideal, it would be no surprise to see another big run from the seven-year old, and she can go close. 

Culture De Sivola can follow up her recent Kempton win.



2:05 Haydock - Sky Bet Supreme Trial Rossington Main Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m7½f


MISTER FISHER (4/5, Unibet) showed plenty of potential as a hurdler when finding only one too good on his debut over timber at Newbury in November, and Nicky Henderson’s Jeremy gelding stepped up on that performance to run out an impressive winner at Kempton on Boxing Day,beating Rouge Vif by almost three lengths readily.

That was a strong race with the likes of Thomas Darby, The Big Bite and Didtheyleaveuoutto all left trailing in his wake, and the Jeremy gelding is likely to have even more to offer despite having to concede weight all round here.

He looked a very smart prospect in that Kempton success, travelling and jumping well before running on strongly having taken up the running at the second last hurdle; and sure to have further improvement to come he ought to go close in his bid to follow up.

2:25 Ascot - Matchbook Holloway's Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m3½f ITV4


SEDDON (5/1, Unibet) could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet, having won on his hurdles debut at Stratford in November, and then bagging back-to-back bronze medal finishes at Cheltenham and here respectively.

Those runs have come behind Elixir De Nutz in the Sharp Novices’ Hurdle, and Angels Breath here when beaten around eight lengths in the Kennel Gate Hurdle latest. The ground was testing that day, and he may be more appreciative of this sounder surface, and with plenty of potential to improve further he could well feature prominently in this contest.

Tom George’s Stowaway gelding steps into handicap company from a mark which appears very workable, and this additional distance could coincide with some further progress being found given he appeared last time as if a stiffer test might suit.

Tom George's Seddon can win at Ascot on Saturday.



2:40 Haydock - The New One Unibet Hurdle (Registered As The Champion Hurdle Trial Hurdle) (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m7½f


Brain Power advertised his Champion Hurdle claims with success in the recent International Hurdle, but Nicky Henderson has elected to save his Kalanisi gelding for an other day; it could then be worth chancing on the International Hurdle runner-up SILVER STREAK (7/4, Unibet) to go one better and get back to winning ways.

Evan Williams’ charge made crucial mistakes late in that race, where he was giving weight to the winner and he would have reopposed the Henderson star on 6lbs better terms for little over one length. That suggests he would stand a big chance of reversing the form.

The Swinton Hurdle winner at this venue in May, he has looked progressive this term, winning twice and finding the silver medal berth in the Greatwood Hurdle - where he had a couple of these behind - and in that latest Cheltenham run.

Trip and ground are no issue, and he looks sure to continue to give a good account back at the scene of his biggest win.

3:00 Ascot - bet365 Handicap Chase Cl2 (5yo+) 2m5f


Mr Whitaker was probably given too much to do when finishing fourth in the BetVictor Gold Cup, while Benatar doesn’t appear to have progressed as hoped from his novice campaign.

It could be worth chancing on Kerry Lee’s runner HAPPY DIVA (8/1, Unibet) to gain a deserved first success of the campaign, and the consistent King’s Theatre mare can go well.

A three-time winner last term, which included a success at this venue when beating Adrien Du Pont, Kerry Lee’s charge found Mister Whitaker too strong in her first run at Carlisle; but she was still tanking along and just beginning to get competitive in the BetVictor Gold Cup when she was brought down by the fall of Willie Boy, who has won since.

She posted a solid effort in defeat back at Cheltenham on New Years’ Day, finding only Aso too good under this rider, and a 2lbs rise in the weights looks workable on the balance of her form over fences to date.

Now better off at the weights with Carlisle conquerer Mister Whitaker, and with both trip and ground ideal, she can give another good account. 

3:15 Haydock - Peter Marsh Handicap Chase (A Limited Handicap) (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m1½f


Dour stayer DAKLONDIKE (7/1, Unibet) could be worth siding with again to follow up his recent Tommy Whittle Chase success at this venue last month.

David Pipe’s charge progressed well over fences in the 2017/18 season, winning three of his six starts, and while he needed his return to action at Cheltenham behind Rock The Kasbah, he stepped up markedly in a first-time visor to win here latest from the reopposing Ballyarthur.

The Gold Well gelding rallied well after the last to regain the lead on the run to the line, and the handicapper has hit him with a 6lbs rise in the weights which appears workable with the potential for further improvement to come still.

He should confirm the form with Nigel Twiston-Davies’ reopposing rival, and while this is a tougher test of his credentials stepping up markedly in class, he looks to be one going the right way and he can continue his progress.

The visor is retained for this assignment, and he can post another big run assuming the less testing ground doesn’t prove an inconvenience.

Daklondike won the recent Tommy Whittle Chase, and David Pipe's charge can win again back at Haydock.



3:35 Ascot - Matchbook Clarence House Chase (Grade 1) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m1f ITV4


The absence of triple-winner Un De Sceaux takes plenty away from the race, and this should go to ALTIOR (1/8, Unibet) with the minimum of fuss.

Nicky Henderson’s charge has already demolished the reopposing Diego Du Charmil this term when running out an easy winner of the Desert Orchid Chase, and the High Chaparral gelding remains unbeaten over fences to date.

The reigning Champion Chase champion could have more to fear from the fences rather than his two rivals, with Fox Norton making his return from an absence having not been seen since pulling up in the 2017 King George VI Chase, and Colin Tizzard’s charge will likely need this first run.

The Henderson star also won the Tingle Creek Chase, beating Un De Sceaux readily, and it would be a huge shock should the nine-year old fail to deliver the good here. There’s no value in betting this race given his very cramped yet justifiable odds, and it is a contest of watching interest only.


ITV RACING TIPS SATURDAY 19 JANUARY - HAYDOCK & ASCOT


1:50 Ascot - CULTURE DE SIVOLA (10/3, Unibet)

2:05 Haydock - MISTER FISHER (4/5, Unibet)

2:25 Ascot - SEDDON (5/1, Unibet)

2:40 Haydock - SILVER STREAK (7/4, Unibet)

3:00 Ascot - HAPPY DIVA (8/1, Unibet)

3:15 Haydock - DAKLONDIKE (7/1, Unibet)

3:35 Ascot - ALTIOR (1/8, Unibet)


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