Best bets on ITV Racing – Saturday’s live TV tips at Haydock, Ascot and Wincanton
Saturday TV tips on ITV Racing
The ITV Racing cameras are back in action on Saturday with live TV action from three of the day’s fixtures. We’ve picked out our Saturday TV tips and best bets on ITV Racing.
Seven live TV races await horse racing fans on Saturday where some classy action awaits including the Grade One Ascot Chase which dominates the day’s agenda. There is also Grade Two action as well as competitive handicap fare so punters have plenty to look forward to.
Ed Chamberlain and the team will have the best of the action from Ascot, Haydock and Wincanton with their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis throughout the afternoon and we’ve looked over the day’s TV schedule to pick out our Saturday TV tips and best bets on ITV Racing.
SATURDAY BEST BETS ON ITV RACING – TV TIPS FOR HAYDOCK, ASCOT & WINCANTON
1:50 Ascot – Bateaux London Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m
SEVARANO had looked a chaser to keep on the right side of when scoring victories at Sandown and Exeter, but Oliver Sherwood’s charge might have had his confidence dented when making a first fence blunder at Newbury when last seen.
Reopposing Demachine finished ahead of him that day but the Sherwood runner has an 8lbs pull with that rival now and comes out best at the weights for this Grade Two contest. He was a smart hurdler prior to switching to the larger obstacles, winning twice and chasing home Mcfabulous in a Grade Three contest last March and there could still be better to come from him as a chaser.
Despite his early error he was only beaten around ten lengths and with this step up in trip likely to suit he could be worth another chance going back left-handed; it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him bounce back from that last time effort with a big performance and he can go close.
2:05 Haydock – William Hill Rendlesham Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 3m½f
Despite not having had a run for almost four months it might be worth sticking with EMITOM to get back on the winning trail following a couple of runs over fences and Warren Greatrex’s charge returns to hurdles on the back of a wind operation.
A progressive sort over the smaller obstacles with four wins from seven starts which includes this race twelve months ago and he was far from disgraced in the Stayers Hurdle last term when finishing fourth to Lisnagar Oscar who also lines up.
He wasn’t at his best in two runs over fences this term although he could bounce back returning to hurdles where he might still have unfinished business and the conditions will prove no issue for him back on softer ground.
This is his first run in four months but he’s gone well fresh in the past and reunited with Gavin Sheehan he could go close in defence of his crown.
2:25 Ascot – “My Oddsboost” On Betfair Swinley Chase (A Limited Handicap) (Listed Race) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m
CAPTAIN CHAOS went with a bit more zest in the recent Classic Chase at Warwick, making most of the running before fading from two out and if Dan Skelton’s charge can build on that better effort then he could prove the answer here dropping back in trip.
The Golan gelding isn’t the most consistent of performers, but he’s a smart staying chaser when in the mood as he proved when winning last season’s Grimthorpe Chase from Worthy Farm and recent efforts see him compete from just 1lb higher than that last winning mark.
He wore blinkers in that latest Warwick run for the first time since scoring his win at Doncaster last term and if the headgear has the same effect again then he could post a big run from the bottom of the weights for his in-form yard.
2:40 Haydock – William Hill Grand National Trial Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 3m4½f
Lightly-raced SOJOURN could prove the answer to a tricky handicap contest that will take some getting in the conditions, but Anthony Honeyball’s charge could be suited by the test of stamina and can continue to improve.
The Getaway gelding has won two of his four starts over fences thus far, bolting up in decisive fashion on his reappearance at Carlisle in November before posting a very good second in the Tommy Whittle Chase when last seen.
He was only beaten around four lengths on that occasion, given a patient ride and looking full of running when jumping to the front four out; however he couldn’t keep his effort going and headed on the run to the last he couldn’t match the winner for effort although he was giving that one 4lbs.
There might be more to come from him after just four chase starts and while he’s been nudged up 2lbs he is 2-3 in heavy ground and might be suited by this more extreme test so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him take another forward step up the staying chase ladder.
3:00 Ascot – Betfair Cheltenham Free Bet Pot Builder Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m3½f
ARRIVEDERCI can get back to winning ways here having run well in defeat when last seen finishing runner-up behind Craigneiche in a Grade Three contest over this course and distance.
Jonjo O’Neill’s charge showed a good level of ability last term, twice making the frame behind useful sorts Tea Clipper and Fiddlerontheroof before getting off the mark in soft ground at Wincanton last January and he returned from ten months off the track to readily pick up the winning thread again at Wetherby in October.
The Martaline gelding had looked set to go close at Haydock when falling three out while still travelling strongly and the drop to two miles here in December when taking in the Betfair Exchange Hurdle probably didn’t suit.
Back up in trip for his last run he had a couple of these behind and there could still be more to come from him despite a 2lbs rise in the weights and he could make his presence felt with no issues over trip or ground.
3:18 Wincanton – Betway Kingwell Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m7½f
Progressive pair Song For Someone and Navajo Pass are both worthy of plenty of respect but it might be worth giving another chance to GOSHEN who looked a top-class prospect last term with a trio of facile successes over hurdles before crashing out at the last in the Triumph Hurdle with the race at his mercy.
Gary Moore’s charge was bitterly disappointing on his reappearance back at Cheltenham in the International Hurdle won by Song For Someone, but he was subsequently found to have been suffering from a fibrillating heart and having been given time to recover he could prove a different proposition now.
He’s shown a tendency to jump right on occasion so going back this way round might better suit him and proven in the conditions he could post a big run assuming all is well with him and the 6lbs he receives from his main rivals Song For Someone and Navajo Pass could prove crucial at the business end.
Clearly risky given past problems he nevertheless can go well if over his ailments and he looks worth chancing that he can come back to his best.
3:35 Ascot – Betfair Ascot Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race) Cl1 (5yo+) 2m5f
Cyrname has to bounce back from a disappointing run in the King George VI Chase when last seen but now fitted with cheekpieces the Nickname gelding could easily do so as he bids to resume winning ways; but at the prices it may be worth taking him on with stablemate MASTER TOMMYTUCKER who appears to have largely ironed out his jumping and the Kayf Tara gelding could add to his tally this season.
Paul Nicholls’ charge was held back by his jumping last term, falling in three of his four starts over fences – won the other one – but he’s looked a lot more confident this campaign although the potential to throw in a bad blunder remains there as he showed by ploughing through the last with the race at his mercy in the Silviniaco Conti Chase.
That was his third win of the campaign and the strong-travelling front runner could well make the step up to Grade One company assuming his jumping holds up. With a couple of fellow front runners in opposition his focus might be less affected and a clear round of jumping will surely see him in the mix if getting into a decent rhythm.