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Saturday’s ITV racing tips – Trixie could return £450 from £20 bet

Jonathan Vine 11 Aug 2018
Impressive Sandringham Stakes winner, Agrotera (centre) features on our expert's Trixie on Saturday.

Our expert takes a look at the three Listed and Grouped races at Newmarket and Haydock and provides readers with his tips on Saturday 11th August.

The popular Shergar Cup will garner most of the attention on Saturday, with the ITV Racing team situated in Ascot to capture the best of the action. Away from Ascot, there are three strong races coming to us like from Haydock and Newmarket, where the Sweet Solera Stakes is the feature race of the afternoon.

Our expert has taken a look at the Listed and Grouped races at Haydock and Newmarket on Saturday and rolled his selections into this Trixie with BetVictor.

Saturday’s ITV Racing Tips

2:30pm Haydock Smarkets/British EBF Dick Hern Stakes (Listed Race) 1m

Three-year-old’s have won eight of the past ten renewals of this Listed race, so while Unforgetable Filly and La Figlia make decent cases, it’s sensible to look towards the younger crop at the bottom end of the weights to find the winner.

Narella is a Group Three winner from 2017 and is sure to improve following her return from a lay-off. While she appeals at an each-way price, this Listed race is all about AGROTERA.

Ed Walker’s filly has got better with every run during 2018. She followed a second on her reappearance with a smart victory over Four White Socks in a maiden at Windsor. Her 12/1 ante-post price was immediately snapped up when the Sandringham Stakes betting followed, and by the time the gates flung open, Agrotera was the 11/2 favourite.

Jamie Spencer sat quietly on the favourite, allowing the race to unfold ahead of him. With three furlongs to travel, Spencer put his foot on the accelerator and Agrotera responded magnificently, weaving a path through the traffic before bolting clear to win by almost two lengths.

It was a performance worthy of winning a Grouped race and it’s somewhat of a surprise to see Agrotera into Listed company before targeting bigger prizes. The form of the Sandringham was boosted by the subsequent victory of fourth-placed Desert Diamond and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see this race turn into a procession for Walker’s star filly.

3:05pm Haydock Smarkets Betting Exchange Rose Of Lancaster Stakes (Group 3) 1m2f

Elwazir will be searching for a hat-trick when he arrives at Haydock on Saturday and his victory over Cross Counter in June was boosted when the runner-up won the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood in a course-record time. While he seems a worthy favourite, this represents a decent leap in quality and Elwazir represents little in the way of value.

Crossed Baton has placed in two Grouped races this term and could be a danger if he takes to the firm ground. Communique has gone from strength-to-strength this term, but it’s Sir Michael Stoute’s ZAAKI who gets my vote.

After losing out in races like the Superlative Stakes and the Acomb Stakes as a juvenile, Zaaki claimed a maiden victory on his first start of the new season. A defeat on the all-weather was followed by an impressive third at Royal Ascot, where Pat Dobbs had to weave through plenty of traffic from a tricky inside draw to eventually finish a length behind Crossed Baton in the Hampton Court Stakes.

Ryan Moore took the ride at the July Festival, where Zaaki clashed with Communique in handicap company. Mark Johnston’s charge narrowly got the win that day, but Zaaki was giving the winner almost a stone at the weights and Stoute will fancy his charges chances of reversing that form off level weights on Saturday.

Zaaki has plenty of Grouped experience. He’s been running well of late, stays the trip and loves the ground. David Probert will fancy his chances of riding a Group Three winner.

Pat Dobbs riding Zaaki (centre, grey and yellow) during The Hampton Court Stakes.

3:45pm Newmarket Sweet Solera Stakes (Group 3) 7f

Main Edition and La Pelosa were the two most inconvenienced by the wandering Angel’s Hideaway in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes and it was no surprise to see both drift back through the pack. Main Edition will be looking to bounce back to the run that saw her win the Albany at Royal Ascot, but her sire, Zoffany did his best work over six furlongs and she’s an unknown quantity over this distance.

La Pelosa and Ajrar finished almost two lengths behind Look Around when they clashed in the Star Stakes the last day. While both hold appeal, PENNYWHISTLE finished just a length behind Look Around when they locked horns on debut and, after a course-and-distance victory on her last start, Frankie Dettori’s mount is favoured to run a big race.

Pennywhistle was stuck with a terrible wide draw as she made her debut at Kempton. John Gosden’s filly ran a great race to put herself in contention, but Look Around proved too strong on the day and she had to settle for third.

Rab Havlin then guided Pennywhistle into battle in a four-horse novice contest here on the July course last month. The co-favourite was a little keen in the early stages, but she found a nice rhythm late in the race and stretched clear to claim a maiden victory by almost a length.

This race represents a decent leap in grade, but horses coming from novice races and maidens have won the Sweet Solera on several occasions in the recent past. Pennywhistle has run well on both her starts this season and course form here at Newmarket can be vital. Another progressive performance is expected.

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Saturday’s ITV racing tips – Trixie could return £450 from £20 bet

Our expert takes a look at the three Listed and Grouped races at Newmarket and Haydock and rolls his selections into this Trixie with BetVictor on Saturday 11th August.

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