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Saturday’s ITV Racing tips - Three horses to go big on this weekend

Jonathan Vine 7 Nov 2018
On Tour (left) staying on well for second behind Thomas Patrick at the Aintree Festival.

Our expert looks through all of Saturday’s televised races and picks out three horses to place your faith in at Aintree, Doncaster and Wincanton this weekend.

I made my debut on the GG racing podcast this week, where we discussed the week that had been and what ITV Racing viewers can look forward to this weekend. During my research for the podcast, I picked out three horses I really fancy will run big races at Saturday’s televised meetings, so here they are in all their glory!


Paul Nicholls hasn’t enjoyed much luck of late, but he will fancy If You Say Run to run a big race on her reappearance. Philip Hobbs, on the other hand, is working at a near 30% record in the last two weeks – four winners on Tuesday alone – and I think LITTLE MISS POET to go well here.

Hobbs decided to sit out the entire winter with this six-year-old mare and it took her a couple of runs to shake off the ring rust. A decent third over this course-and-distance was followed by a similar result over three miles at Uttoxeter, before Little Miss Poet returned to Wincanton to pick up her only victory of the season.

The runner-up that day, Garo De Juilley won a Grade Three Handicap at Chepstow last month, boosting Little Miss Poet’s victory. She’s a previous winner at the course, will certainly see out the trip and could be open to further improvement over the coming months.


Andrea Atzeni riding Laugh A Minute (right) win The Weatherbys Racing Bank £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes at Doncaster.


It’s been a bit of a stop-start season for Roger Varian’s colt, who was gelded after a poor showing in the Commonwealth Cup. Seven days later, Laugh A Minute secured his second victory over course-and-distance, before running a decent race to finish second behind a rampant winner in a Grade Three out in France.

Laugh A Minute took down the big two-year-old race here at Doncaster at the end of last season. Andrea Atzeni is often the go-to man around this track and Roger Varian’s horses have maintained their form in the latter portion of the season. Given a kind draw, he should be there or thereabouts.


On Tour comfortably saw off Master Dee – who went on to win a Grade Three at Kempton at the back end of the season -  in this race last year, off a mark just three pounds lower than the rating he’ll carry on Saturday. Results tailed off a little during the rest of the season, but Williams’ charge again produced his best here at Aintree in April, running well for second behind the impressive Thomas Patrick in the Betway Handicap.

Adam Wedge was on the back-foot straight away at Chepstow last month, as a slow start meant On Tour had to make up a lot of ground. The ten-year-old travelled through the race quite well after that, eventually finishing fifth and looks perfectly placed to strike on his return to his favourite track.

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Saturday’s ITV Racing tips - Three horses to go big on this weekend

Our expert looks through all of Saturday’s televised races and picks out three horses to place your faith in at Aintree, Doncaster and Wincanton on Saturday 10th November.

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