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Saturday’s ITV racing tips - Tips for the three big races at Haydock

Jonathan Vine 8 Jun 2019
Sir Dancealot no longer runs at Haydock, but I don't want to change the photo.

Our expert takes a look through the betting for the three big races at Haydock on Saturday 8th June and provides readers with his ante-post tips.

There may be no Group One or Classic action to thrill fans this weekend, but ITV Racing viewers will still be in for an entertaining afternoon on the flat this Saturday. The team will pitch their tent up at Haydock this weekend, with the Group Three John Of Gaunt Stakes the highlight of the day on Merseyside.

Our expert has taken a closer look at the three most prestigious races on Haydock card on Saturday and provided readers with his tips.

Saturday’s ITV Racing Tips at Haydock

2:25pm Haydock Betway Pinnacle Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies & Mares) 1m4f

I’ve often found, over the past few years, that Group Three and Listed races at this level for fillies and mares can often be a bit pot-luck, with most of the runners capable of winning on any given day. Dramatic Queen brings winning form to Haydock and Pilaster could appreciate the drop back in trip. Yet, I feel the class act in that race – if she makes the final entries – is Irish raider TRUE SELF and she could be very difficult to beat at the weekend.

Despite winning twice over hurdles, Willie Mullins seems to have decided that jumping isn’t True Self’s game, skipping the entirety of the last National Hunt season. Since making her debut on the level last summer, True Self has won four times, venturing to Newmarket at the end of 2018 to comfortably win the Listed Jane Seymour Stakes.

On her first start of the new campaign, Colin Keane guided True Self to a maiden win in Grouped company, staying on strongly under a penalty to beat Jaega in the Vintage Triple Stakes. The prospect of soft ground won’t worry this former jumper and True Self has six pounds on her nearest rival in the ratings. If she is declared, I wouldn’t be surprise to see her current price of 7/4 shorten significantly.

3:00pm Haydock Betway Achilles Stakes (Listed Race) 5f

A tricky race to decipher, with Stake Acclaim and Danzeno topping the market after impressing in handicap company of late. Personally, I would prefer to side with sprinters who have plenty of experience at a higher level than this and there are a few who fit the bill.

While there are a fe further down the betting who catch the eye, INTENSE ROMANCE is the horse I'm drawn to. Michael Dods' charge may be sitting on a career-high mark and may have been well beaten on his reappearance, but there are plenty of things going in his favour too.

Intense Romance (right) blasting clear of his rivals to win on Sprint Cup day here at Haydock.

Dods' sprinter capped a run of encouraging placed efforts with a fine handicap victory here at Haydock last season, hacking up on heavy ground to beat Mayleaf Shine by almost three lengths. Intense Romance built on that win with two further victories at Listed level. First, beating some familiar rivals by a narrow margin up at Ayr, before travelling down to Ascot to beat Mr Lupton and Spring Loaded in the Rous Stakes.

Gerald Mosse's mount looked like he needed the run as he made his return at Naas, fading late on to finish fifth in another Listed contest. There are few other runners in here who have won at Listed level, let alone twice, so at 9/2, there's plenty of value to be found backing Intense Romance on ground conditions he's sure to relish.

3:35pm Haydock Betway John Of Gaunt Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1) 7f

Safe Voyage has won on all three of his starts here at Haydock, bolting up to win two handicaps on soft ground and winning a Listed contest on his most recent outing. The weather gods have smiled on John Quinn's charge and I expect Safe Voyage will go off as the heavy favourite. My preference is for the Sprint Trophy runner-up however, MANKIB, who was carrying a penalty when second to Safe Voyage last time and he can turn the tables on his rival now the weights are level.

During his time in France, Mankib ran in the French version of the 2000 Guineas. After a poor stable debut for William Haggas, this son of Tamuyuz really found his feet on British soil, winning three of his next four starts, including an electrifying victory in the Listed Dubai Duty Free Cup Stakes at Newmarket.

Two defeats in Grouped company followed at the end of last season, but there were plenty of signs of encouragement for Haggas and his team here at Haydock last month, where Mankib shaped nicely for much of the race before fading in the final furlong. Jim Crowley's mount should strip fitter for that outing and heavy ground shouldn't be a hindrance.

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Saturday’s ITV racing tips - Tips for the three big races at Haydock

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