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ITV Racing tips Saturday 13 April - Live TV tips for Newbury and Ayr

The ITV Racing cameras are back in action on Saturday with a bumper afternoon of live TV horse racing which takes in the pick of the action from Ayr on Scottish Grand National day, as well as from Newbury where the Group Three Greenham Stakes is the feature race on a card which features no less than three Group Three contests at the Berkshire track.

1:25 Ayr - Scotty Brand Handicap Chase (Listed Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m½f
1:40 Newbury - Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes (Registered As The John Porter Stakes) (Group 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m4f
1:55 Ayr - J & D Pierce Novices' Champion Handicap Chase Cl2 (5yo+) 3m
2:10 Newbury - Dubai Duty Free Stakes (Registered As The Fred Darling Stakes) (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 7f
2:25 Ayr - CPMS Scottish Champion Hurdle (A Limited Handicap) (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m
2:40 Newbury - Watership Down Stud Greenham Stakes (Group 3) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (3yo) 7f
3:00 Ayr - Jordan Electrics Ltd Future Champion Novices' Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4½f
3:15 Newbury - MansionBet Spring Cup Handicap Cl2 (4yo+) 1m
3:35 Ayr - Coral Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3) Cl1 (5yo+) 4m

Ed Chamberlain and the team return for nine televised races, and they will have all their usual expert tips, analysis and insights; while Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections for every TV race on Saturday.

1:25 Ayr - Scotty Brand Handicap Chase (Listed Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m½f

AZZURI (7/2, William Hill) has failed so far this term to show the sort of form which saw him win both of his first two starts over fences back in the summer of 2017 during his first stint with Dan Skelton; but the Azamour gelding could be worth chancing to back on track here following wind surgery.

The seven-year old has ran three times in 2019 already, but having beaten only one horse home behind Magic Saint at Wincanton in Feburary, he managed to beat only four home in the Greatwood Gold Cup, and he has since had surgery on his wind which could help deliver a jolt of improvement.

His last win came over course and distance last April at this meeting, and a return here could also help to spark a revival; while he has a big pull at the weights now with Wincanton conquerer Magic Saint.

Many of Dan Skelton’s runner do seem to find some progression in the wake of a wind surgery, and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if the Azamour gelding were to continue that trend with a much-improved run here.

1:40 Newbury - Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes (Registered As The John Porter Stakes) (Group 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m4f

YOUNG RASCAL’s (10/3, Ladbrokes) sole defeat last term came when finishing seventh in the Epsom Derby behind Masar, where he appeared not to be fully at ease on the cambers of the Surrey track; but William Haggas’ charge can make a winning return to action.

The Intello colt is 3-3 at this venue, latterly winning the Group Three St Simon Stakes - although he dead-heated with Morando - and he looks sure to continue to improve judging on his performances last term as he still looked green despite having had six career outings. 

He had produced an excellent performance to win the Chester Vase previously, and he was caught right on the line latest to share the spoils. On his form last term, where he won on both occasions where he was coming back from a break of 100 days or more, he could have better still to offer this campaign and with soft ground no problem he shouldn’t be far away.

1:55 Ayr - J & D Pierce Novices' Champion Handicap Chase Cl2 (5yo+) 3m

AZZERTI (7/1, William Hill) ran a lot better than the bare result implies when finishing seventh in the Brown Advisory Plate, and Alan King’s charge could go well here tacking three miles for the first time.

The Voix Du Nord gelding hasn’t been the most fluent of jumpers in his handful of chase starts to date; but he did manage to register wins at Ascot and Ludlow either side of a fall at Cheltenham behind Kildisart when still travelling well enough.

His last outing was a lot better than the finishing position suggests, and he shaped as if he could be suited by a sterner test of stamina having crept into contention before the leaders got away from him. But he kept on at one pace, and it wouldn’t come as a huge shock to see him find more over this longer trip.

Still relatively unexposed as a chaser, he looks to still be on a handy mark ahead of this run, and he can go well here for a trainer who often enjoys success at this meeting.

2:10 Newbury - Dubai Duty Free Stakes (Registered As The Fred Darling Stakes) (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 (3yo) 7f

The vote to win the 2019 renewal of this prestigious Group Three contest goes to Henry Candy’s DANCING VEGA (7/2, Paddy Power) who ran out a seriously impressive winner of her debut at Doncaster last term, posting an easy four lengths’ success over Blue Gardenia.

The Lope De Vega filly caught the eye in that race travelling noticeably well just off the leaders, and still on the bridle when Harry Bentley pressed the button to go and win her race entering the final furlong, she quickened up in the manner of a potentially very smart sort to readily brush aside her rivals with some contemptuous ease.

That form perhaps might not be the strongest on offer here; but she did have a subsequent Listed winner trailing in her wake in that success. She is open to plenty of improvement on the back of that initial experience, and sure to find further progress it would come as no surprise to see a big run from the three-year old who looked something special on her sole start last campaign.

2:25 Ayr - CPMS Scottish Champion Hurdle (A Limited Handicap) (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m

Nicky Henderson saddles three in the race, and Verdana Blue will find this easier than the Champion Hurdle she contested; while the ground may not be soft enough for Brain Power who disappointed in that Grade One. 

The vote then goes to MISTER FISHER (6/1, Bet365) who ran better than the bare form suggests when eighth in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the third member of the Seven Barrows team can get back on track here.

The Jeremy gelding had won two of his three previous starts over hurdles, scoring at Kempton on Boxing Day and then following up with a strong performance to win the Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle at Haydock next time.

The soft ground at Cheltenham might have been a factor in his defeat, but this better surface may be more to his liking, and he looks fairly treated stepping into this Graded handicap contest from his 145 rating.

He remains an unexposed individual who could have plenty more to offer, and he could post a big effort here despite a strong field of rivals in opposition. 

2:40 Newbury - Watership Down Stud Greenham Stakes (Group 3) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (3yo) 7f

The defection of Too Darn Hot from the race has blown this contest wide open, and Marcus Tregoning’s MOHAATHER (9/2, BetVictor) gets the vote to come out on top in this valuable Group Three contest.

The Showcasing colt went 2-3 in his juvenile starts, which includes a defeat of Azano to win the Group Three Horris Hill Stakes here last October to add to an earlier Nottingham success over six furlongs.

He appeared to be well-suited by the step up to seven furlongs of the Horris Hill, held up off the pace before showing a good turn of foot to take up the running entering the final furlong and staying on strongly to post an impressive success which hinted at better to come. 

That contest has since thrown up two subsequent winners albeit at Listed level and below; nevertheless, he could have plenty of improvement to come and in a more competitive contest following the scratching of John Gosden’s hotpot, he could go close.

3:00 Ayr - Jordan Electrics Ltd Future Champion Novices' Chase (Grade 2) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m4½f

BALLYWOOD (10/3, William Hill) is 3-4 over fences since joining the Alan King team, and the progressive Ballingarry gelding could enhance his fine strike-rate here.

A winner on his first two starts at Taunton and Doncaster, he suffered his first chase defeat at the hooves of Dynamite Dollars when contesting the Grade Two Lightning Novices’ Chase at Doncaster where he was beaten just over three lengths having raced keenly.

Although he was ultimately well-beaten, he pulled clear of the third horse home, and he quickly bounced back to winning form when narrowly edging out Valseur Du Granval at Ludlow latest. He won with more authority than the official winning margin however, and his rider dropped his whip on the run-in.

He looks sure to find further improvement, and the runner-up from his last win went one better on his next outing. This return to Graded company will demand another jolt of improvement, but he could prove equal to the task and no surprise to see him firmly in the mix in a race where he could make the most of the 5lbs he receives from standard-setting Vinndication.

3:15 Newbury - MansionBet Spring Cup Handicap Cl2 (4yo+) 1m

RIPP ORF (10/1, Ladbrokes) has done most of his winning at Ascot, but David Elsworth’s charge has shown he can compete elsewhere and also at this distance when posting a fast-finishing fifth in the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster two starts back.

Despite the bulk of his winning having been done at seven furlongs, the Rip Van Winkle gelding has won at one mile previously, scoring at Newmarket on the July Course last campaign and he ought to get a fierce pace to aim at here.

A traditionally strong finisher, the demands of this race are sure to suit, and that recent run will certainly have sharpened him up. He should remain competitive again, and he looks to hold solid claims from a mark of 92 with soft ground no issue.

Sean Levey takes over from usual pilot Hayley Turner, but the pair have form together which include a previous win, and they can combine again for further success. 

3:35 Ayr - Coral Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3) Cl1 (5yo+) 4m

Alan King and Wayne Hutchinson combined in 2013 to land this prize with Godsmejudge, and DINGO DOLLAR (9/1, William Hill) could post a big effort for the same trainer and jockey combination.

The seven-year old Golden Lariat gelding won small-field contests at Newbury and Doncaster either side of a short break back in the 2017/18 jumps season, and he chased home Crosshue Boy on this card twelve months ago when beaten just one length by that rival.

He has faced some stiff tests this campaign, but he ran well for third in an attritional Ladbrokes Trophy Chase prior to finishing sixth in the Sky Bet Chase where he was let down by his jumping. However, he bounced back from that run returned to the same track and jumping with more fluency when finding only Chidswell too good in the Grimthorpe Chase under a big weight.

He was booked for third until left second by the fall of Looking Well, although he had no chance with the winner. He has been eased 1lb in the weights, but there is a suspicion he has a big performance in him from this sort of mark and the longer trip here ought to suit given he has looked a thorough stayer on more than one occasion.

As things stand at the time of writing, he has an 8lb pull at the weights with Nicky Richards’ charge who could reoppose; while he holds Brian Borahana on the same form line from that Doncaster run. He could post a big run here.


1:25 Ayr - AZZURI (7/2, William Hill)

1:40 Newbury - YOUNG RASCAL’s (10/3, Ladbrokes

1:55 Ayr - AZZERTI (7/1, William Hill)

2:10 Newbury - DANCING VEGA (7/2, Paddy Power)

2:25 Ayr - MISTER FISHER (6/1, Bet365)

2:40 Newbury - MOHAATHER (9/2, BetVictor)

3:00 Ayr - BALLYWOOD (10/3, William Hill)

3:15 Newbury - RIPP ORF (10/1, Ladbrokes

3:35 Ayr - DINGO DOLLAR (9/1, William Hill)

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